Sunday, August 11, 2013
Thank You Wall Hanging
I've been working on a big project at work for a while and was getting down where only little stuff was needed for it to be perfect, but these little things are also the hardest things. It was things my team hadn't been able to figure out on our own. One of my coworkers had asked others how to do some of the stuff and he said it was too hard to do, so we should just forget it. I wasn't willing to forget so I gave it another shot and asked the questions again. The person I called took care of almost every issue we had left. She fixed them all and we immediately got compliments on the changes. After a long time and a lot of frustration, in less than a day this person fixed about 90 percent of the stuff we had left to do. I was very grateful and said I wanted to make her something as a thanks. I asked what colors she liked and she said pastels. I'm a bright and bold kind of person but I also have a lot of darks and autumn colors since that goes well with my house, but I hardly ever make anything in pastel.
I used a Carol Doak pattern from her Mariner's Compass Stars book -- Sweden. I did some digging and found colors/fabrics I thought were near pastels and made a small wall hanging for her. Just a 12" block and 4" borders makes a 20" wall hanging. I think it came out great. I quilted it in a pattern called Summer that I really liked and hadn't really had a reason to use. I loved the quilting. You can really see it on the back of the quilt. Only took a couple hours to make the top, a couple hours to quilt it and a few hours to hand sew the binding on and I was done. Today I added the little loops to the back to hang it with. I love projects that can be finished in less than a day.
Hope she likes my little thank you wall hanging. It was fun to make. So much fun I offered to make some for my daughter. I figured I could make one for each month and use colors that fit the months. Like snowmen for January and hearts for February and green for March and Easter pastels for April and Flowers for May and beach fabric for June and patriotic for July and fall colors for August, school fabric for September, Halloween fabric for October, Pumpkins and turkeys for November and Christmas colors for December. All in 20" wall hangings so they can just be interchangeable using the same hangers. Think that will have to be a Christmas present. Pictures will come when I'm all done.