|15 1/2" x 15 1/2" Wall Hanging|
While working on the last surprise gift for my daughter, this wall hanging, I decided I was going to do a little needle work to see what all the fuss was about.
If the block looks familiar, that's because it's one of last blocks I made for the Epic Sampler BOM. I added a border around the entire block, extending the coral orange to the edges. The border increased the size slightly from 12" to 15 1/2".
Before hand quilting entered my mind, I knew some good old fashioned straight line quilting was exactly what it needed. You cannot go wrong with tight straight line quilting!
The 'X' through the center has three different thread colors: yellow, blue and green. All three colors converging to create the perfect grid!
The binding is pieced with one section of coral at the top. Why not be different?! Or maybe I was being lazy!! At this point I thought I was finished.
...and then the hand quilting bug bit...
What I'm about to attempt has never been attempted by me before. Which means I certainly didn't have any supplies either! I was lucky enough to find some DMC Perle Cotton in my daughters stash and the fun began.
The plan is simple, simple, simple. A straight running stitch. From what I have seen in my internet travels, the running stitch is the one that interests me the most. It appears simple, yet creates the most amazing texture.
After spending a few nights doing hand quilting the end finally came, much to my disappointment. I'm looking forward to taking on a larger project and learning along the way! More perle cotton and proper needles!
After washing, the surface texture was even more impressive!
Who is a hand quilter? Sashiko stitcher? What is the one piece of advice you would share with a beginner hand quilter? I love having one more tool in my tool box! Learning something new ain't so bad either!