What is up next :)

After this finish yesterday…

 This beautiful wall hanging now proudly hangs in our foyer…

 If you look closely you will see we fashioned some yard sticks into a hanging rod.. it took 3 to make it but it works great and looks fun too!  The wall hanging is about 40 x 60″ wide so 1 yardstick was way too short 🙂

So what is up next???

Hand quilting a Singer Featherweight Banner for my honey!  Here it is as a flimsy hanging on the wall…

I decided to “bag” this quilt instead of binding it traditionally as it will only be washed infrequently… it measures 15 1/2 x 25 1/2″ once bagged…

The pic above shows the hanging loops I made and attached during the bagging process… it went quickly and I think the corners came out nice and crisp too!

Before bagging it I marked it and ironed the 100% Hobbs Tuscany wool batting flat to aid in the stitching of it…

Bagging simply refers to layering and sewing a quilt together leaving a small turning spot on a straight area.. in my case I chose the center bottom to leave about a 3″ or 4″ opening… all else got a 1/4″ seam sewn around… I turned it through the hole so all right sides were out and hand stitched the opening closed after ironing in place for a nice unnoticeable closure.

Hope that made sense as I didn’t take pics of this process.. it was my first time to try it for quilted items so I was quite excited! lol

Here it is this morning… now in my hoop 🙂

And this means more black on black stitching for the center…

I will be back stitching all around the center medallion and quilting the radiating lines going outward from the center medallion 🙂

Also you can see the chain on the edges of my hoop where I marked lightly with graphite (pencil works just as nice as well) … it is a chain pattern I will big stitch with BLACK Perle 12 cotton thread 🙂

Linking this quilty post to Linky Tuesday by Connie at Freemotion on the River HERE!

So I am gonna get stitching.. and I hope you have something crafty planned for this week as well!  Would love to hear what YOU are up to!

5 thoughts on “What is up next :)

  1. Kathy ... aka Nana

    Wow, you'd never know by looking at it that you \”bagged\” that wall hanging … your corners are perfectly square. Well done. And your quilting design choices look like they'll be perfect for this wall hanging.

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  2. Little Penpen

    Your new wall hanging is gorgeous and looks very pretty in the foyer. I like the yardstick idea, too. I have a small collection of yardsticks that I plan to hang mini's on one day….lol. (it'll prob. never happen)

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