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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Revisiting Thanksgiving

This past summer my daughter took a small office in our town in which to set up her web design business. There are three or four other rental spaces in the same building and they all go off of a comfortable main lobby. She wanted to have a colorful quilted wall hanging to put on her door that opens out onto the lobby.

I've done two for her so far, the first one being this autumnal/Thanksgiving one and the second a Christmas one that she has up right now.

This is a shot of the full wall hanging which measures approximately 23" x 43". Technically, this isn't a quilted piece in that it's a pre-printed panel. (Or "cheater's cloth" as some people call it.) My daughter saw it and fell in love with it and asked if I would make it into her door hanging. Of course, I said yes even though working on a pre-printed panel isn't my favorite thing to do since the part I like best about quilting is the piecing. The pre-printed panel involved no piecing, just hand quilting. And hand quilting. And more hand quilting!

This is a close-up of some of the side detail.

The leaves on the tree were fun to do.

The center sheaf of wheat.

She wanted the hanging to say "Welcome" so I made this block with the appliqued letters and sewed it over a bottom part of the pre-printed panel. I think it worked out well. If you didn't examine it closely, you wouldn't know it wasn't an original part of the panel.

I'll post pictures of the Christmas hanging soon. Which reminds me, I'd better get started on something to put up there after the holidays! (Hmmm, I'm seeing lots of blue fabrics, I'm seeing snowflakes, I'm seeing sparkling snow drifts, I'm seeing . . . )


The Apple Pie Gal said...

I think it's gorgeous! I have never done a panel yet. My girlfriend uses them all the time.

Do you do all your quilting by hand or do you have a long arm?

Mama Pea Quilts said...

APG - Nope and nope! I do a lot of machine quilting but on my own Janome sewing machine. I've never used a long arm. I do love to hand quilt and most of the pieces I keep for myself as decorations I hand quilt. But for anything like a baby quilt that I expect will be used and washed, I always machine quilt it. Hand quilting simply will not hold up to a lot of washing.

Thanks for your nice words. I appreciate it!

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I don't know how often the average baby quilt gets washed (depends on drool, puke, and poop I suppose) but I hand quilted my nieces quilts and they are still around - 14 & 16 years later. If you do it well enough, hand quilting is just fine.

{Stepping off soap box now.}

That is a lovely panel. Like you, panels are not my favorite, but this one is very nice.

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Jen - Ha! I think you hit it right on the head. "If you do it well enough . . . " I'll readily admit that's probably my problem! :o)