I've had the song in my head from that old commercial where the ketchup is pouring really slow out of the bottle. I think it goes something like pro...cras...ti...nation.....pro.cras.ti.nay.aye.shun it's makin' me wait.
It seems like just yesterday that I was finishing up the painted rug in my upstairs hallway. (but it was actually a month ago)
And telling y'all that I'd be making a wall hanging with these fabrics to go in the hall next week. (which would have been a good three weeks ago)
Ahem...I'm sure everyone has been holding their breath waiting for this...so finally you can fill your lungs because this project is hanging on the wall where it belongs.
Oh but it has been a long road getting there. Because we are friends I'll show you this photo but I'm only going to show it to you once so get a good look.
When I first got the idea for this wall I wanted to do something daring, to "boldly go where no
man designer has gone before". But nobody told me that if you follow that mantra you could end up on a strange distant planet all alone. That is exactly how I landed myself on Planet Naranja. (Calling all Anglos - naranja=orange in Spanish - Planet Orange just sounded so lame). I was alone, shivering and coming down hard from a color overdose. Don't get me wrong I love the color orange, it just didn't work here. I went through some rehab and decided to try again, but don't worry, I'm planning to recycle those fabrics into some lovely gifts for the people of Naranja.
I started over using the same color scheme from my painted rug...ah much better.
I really enjoy quilting...well lets be perfectly honest. I enjoy putting quilt tops together, the quilting, not so much. I solved my own problem with this solution.
|See that nail polish...I can be a friend of orange|
After putting the top together I just ironed some fusible pellon on the back. It gives the piece some body and keeps it from stretching when you are stapling it to the wood frame. Best of all no quilting is required.
"But, but how did you piece that top? It looks complicated." you ask. Awh, shucks if you can sew three straight lines and cut on a 45 degree angle you got 'er done. I used the tutorial here to do a strip twist design. It is deceptively simple and very suited for a beginner. It uses 2 1/2 inch strips which you can purchase precut in these jelly rolls.
They are so convenient but "boy howdy" are they getting expensive. I have started just cutting my own strips. Quilters have been using these for years but I've got a few more home decor applications I'll be showing you.
This shop is just so cute I had to snap a few iPhone photos.
You could really use any quilt design or even simple stripes or squares to make a top. I simply added a 1 1/2" border of muslin to the quilt design and then a wider gray border. Then ironed on the pellon starting in the middle and working out. The piece was stapled to a wood frame and made ready to hang. I don't know why that took a whole month??
While my husband was helping me hang it up we had a disturbing conversation....
Him: So let me get this straight. You start with a piece of fabric that is already the size you want it.
Him: Then you cut it up into a whole bunch of little pieces.
Me: Mmmm yup
Him: Then you sew it back together
Me: I'm with ya
Him: So now it is back to the size you originally started with
Me: You got it
Him: Tell me again why you do that?
I really didn't have a good answer to that. I decided to make a few smaller frames only this time I used the larger scraps from the pieced hanging and ironed the pellon on the back, no cutting, no sewing. Wow, do we just make things harder than they need to be??? Here is the no-sew version.
So now I've got my slimmed down, more modern version of the country quilt on the wall.
Just a few more projects to go and this stairwell will be done.
And guess what, I've already started procrastinating those projects.....la, la, "it's keeping me way..aye..aye..aye...ate...ting"!
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