August 16, 2009

Mission Accomplished!

Thanks to rain showers and waking up early both Saturday and Sunday, I got a lot done this weekend - the guest room is complete, in fact!  First up, my "quilt art."  

The idea of "quilt art" came about because I had a good amount of Amy Butler fabric left over from one of my first quilting projects - pillow shams that now live in my guest room - and that room until this weekend had totally blank walls.  I thought it would be fun to create a wall hanging out of this fabric, but something about making a traditional wall quilt seemed rather old-fashioned to me.  How else can you display quilting?  I asked myself the same question - you stretch it over an art canvas!!!  

First off, though, you need a quilting pattern.  I sketched one out myself - I even did my own math to make it fit the size canvas I was able buy for roughly $10 and carry home on the bus from Pearl Art.  

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Next up, I cut out the blocks, sewed them all together, put on a batting back and decided to use a decorative stitch to quilt her up.  

2009-08-03 at 06-58-48

Yeah, THAT didn't work as planned.... Have you ever tried to rip out decorative stitching?  It's nearly impossible.  So, I cut the quilt up - again - on the seam and sewed it up again - batting and all.  I don't recommend, but it turned out!  Sometimes life throws ya uneven decorative stitching and you have to roll with a plan B!! 

Ooopsie Fix

Once I fixed my oopsie, I stretched it across the canvas and had fun with the staple gun, careful to not send myself to the emergency room.  I live alone, and I'd prefer to not be found bleeding to death on my dining room floor!!  

Before the Staple Gun...

What do you think?  I can't wait to show you the rest of the room, but I'll be spreading that out across the week if I can hold out that long.  

Wall Hanging Close-up

1 comment:

Mooninmygarden said...

What a great idea! Love it.

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