An Autumn Wallhanging
One good thing about all this indoor time is that I get to work on UFOs. A number of years ago, maybe 6 or 7, I cleaned out my closet in the sewing room and did a major purge. I pulled out all my UFOs and donated the ones I didn’t like anymore and knew I wouldn’t finish. (My quilt guild holds a UFO auction every two years to raise money for the guild.) Now I’m working on the projects that I kept. Some go back 20 years! Yikes!
This week’s project is a cute Autumn wall hanging that I got as a kit in 2003. It’s called Harvest Party by The Quilt Collection. And, surprisingly, you can still find these kits on Ebay.
I had gotten as far as cutting and fusing all the applique pieces, then adding the borders.
The first thing I did was to sew down all the pieces with a straight line stitch. I didn’t add any fancy stitches because I just wanted to get it done! Next, I added the 3-D embellishments: straw hands and a scarf on the scarecrow. Then I added some embroidery. Embroidery is another technique I don’t do often, but I think my work was passable. 🙂
I simply added stitches for the scarecrow’s face, the cat’s face, and lines to the bale of wheat.
Now on to the quilting! I usually quilt by check; I don’t normally have the time to add quilting to a piece. But this is a small project, and I’ll keep it simple.
I echo quilted in the black background around all the objects, then added straight lines to the stripes in the border. Simple, yet effective.
I’ll add a dark green binding, and Voila! I’m done. Another UFO bites the dust, and I have an Autumn wallhanging that I made myself.
I’m loving all these small projects. I feel like I’m actually accomplishing something. Yay!
Till next week,
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