Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Wall Hanging

Better late than never~  I just finished this today!
Button Up by "Joined at the Hip"
For those of you that have been following my Mom's monthly wall hangings, I finally have 11 of them done!
You can see them all in this album: Monthly Wall Hangings I didn't get December's done because of lots of extenuating circumstances at my house November and December. But there's always next year.... 

I dug some old mismatched buttons from my button box for his vest . . .
If you look closely, you can see the tiny snowflake/stars in the blue background meander. 
For the large snowflakes, I used 1/4 inch strips of wool and just stitched down the middle of the strips leaving the tips loose to all to the 3D effect. 
Yeah, I know, he is a bit hippy, but at least he's not going to fall over!
~Here's to a Great New Year~

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Joyful Tossed Posies

What a joyful, sunny and fun quilt to have on my frame!
Just the kind of quilt for a cold, snowy January... 
There are some really cool retro fabrics in this quilt and a few blocks of chenille for fun texture.  I traced the the applique shapes and used the flowers in a few of the blocks:
I used this flower shape . . . 
. . . in a few of these blocks.
I quilted this large appliqued flower in all the other square blocks:
The big square chenille blocks have a pumpkin seed pattern, that way I could use a ruler to help hold the thick fabric in place to quilt. 
The blocks are all stitched in the ditch and the remaining have wavy lines to mimic the rick rack. 
Continuous line freehand leaves in the inner border.
I used So Fine "Celery" by Superior threads.  With a black backing and so many colors,  really blends well and is not a stark as white on the back.
What a fun assortment of textures, fabrics, colors and posies~


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