Saturday, October 29, 2011

BrynLee 2 Boston

I made this wall hanging to donate to a benefit auction that will be held for 4-month old BrynLee Nichole Hutchison.
Headin' Home!

Dinner and Auction
Monday - Nov. 7th at 6 pm.
Raft River High School Gym
Malta, ID
You can read all about this baby on her blog:

Here is a brief synopsis of BrynLee's story:

"BrynLee was born with a rare condition called Bladder Exstrophy in which her bladder and abdomen did not form correctly in utero. BrynLee had her first surgery at 2 days old and about 10 weeks later had her second surgery. She has more surgeries ahead of her to complete the repair. She is currently being treated by a wonderful team of doctors at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT and has received wonderful care. There is a more experienced Bladder Exstrophy surgeon in Boston, MA named Dr. Joseph Borer.  Our goal is to help her parents get BrynLee to Boston to see Dr. Borer in the next 6 months!"

. . . and here are some details about the products I used for this wall hanging:
Batting: Quilters Dream Poly-Weighty Loft.  It is great for wall hangings, as it never sags, it lays super flat, yet gives your quilting nice texture.  I wouldn't use it for anything else though, it doesn't drape well for a regular quilt.
See . . . here it is "standing" up all by itself!
Thread: Superior Thread's monofilament Mono.Poly in smoke color. Can you see a tangle of it to the right of the spool here on the batting? It's like threading a hair through your needle, but it works great. You just have to turn down both your upper and lower tension to almost nothing to sew with this thread.
Clear monofilament tends to look shiny on the fabric, but not the smoke.   
Fabric: When I decided to make this, I rummaged through my stash and found a yard of Caryl Bryer Fallert's "Gradations" that I used for the background.
Silhouette: No, I didn't cut these out myself!  I just happened to have this silhouette on hand from a trip to HMQS a couple of years ago. Made by Cutter Creations out of Michigan.

Now I love McKenna Ryan patterns and I even made one of her small wall hangings several years ago. But for me--cutting, placing and fusing all those teeny-tiny pieces is like crocheting or knitting--I just don't have the patience!!

What a joy to roll out these three pre-cut cowboys!
I always sew my hanging sleeve into my upper binding and then secure the other edge to the quilt back fabric with my hemming stitch/foot.  It takes a bit of practice, but once you get your stitch length just right and your quilt folded just right, it's a breeze.
Wall Hangers: Hubby chipped in for these cute western hangers from Summer Sky Creations in Arizona.  I gave him a choice: he could make me hangers out of horse shoes, or well . . ummm . . .  what did he think about these old boots right here on this cute website? 
He also helped me anchor the whole wall hanging to a couple sheets of paper covered cardboard. All the donated items will be displayed in the gym before and during the dinner. The auction will be after the dinner is cleaned up.  This wall hanging is secured with zip ties as are the 2 sheets of cardboard so it can fold flat or stand up. Whom ever buys it can easily carry it home assured they have all the parts.
I have been to several of these dinner/auctions and it never ceases to amaze me how supportive our small communities are when there is a need.
~Yee Haw~


  1. Ann, that is an incredibly striking wallhanging. I love how you did the quilting. It's sure to make a nice little sum!

  2. My mouth dropped open when I saw this! I love it! Thanks for the great tips, too. I'll have to try the thread.

  3. Wonderful little quilt and what beautiful quilting! Sweet little baby with so many challenges surely deserves great things so hope you raise a lot of money for her and she gets to boston soon. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  4. What a great wall hanging. I have a nephew that has bladder extrophy. He is almost 17 now. He has had MANY surgeries. It is a tough thing to go through but he sure is a great kid! This little one will to!

  5. superbe et originale réalisation ,félicitations



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