Ok, I bought this printed panel from Tamara Kate a while back. It is one of her Michael Miller Fabrics and the idea was you could colour in the 15 blocks on the panel with fabric pens (or paint them? or do hand stitching on them?). I felt the strong need of mindless relaxation so I have spent the evening TV hours over the last week or 2 colouring in like a little kiddie. Was actually quite soothing!
Not sure if this was the intent but (my) individual creativity rules in this house so I cut up the blocks after all the colouring was done. I used what permanent felt tip pens I had at home. Some bled a little but I was not devastated – I was just chillin’ nicely and going with the flow …kind of literally lol.
15 separate blocks in hand – now to sew them together again with sashing. Yes, I know some people think quilters are daft (we cut up perfectly good fabric and then sew it together again??) However, we know better, don’t we?! I raided my stash and auditioned sashing fabric. Some pieces were not large so who said I would never use my Math skills after grade 12? Mmmmm, think that was me and I have been proved dead wrong many times over the years. I managed to get enough 2 inch strips from a smallish piece of (almost – but not quite) hot pink print from Cotton & Steel in my stash.
This is how I set up the machine for my 1/4 inch sashing seams and border.
- HP foot and plate as mentioned above.
- Pivot function icon which turns yellow when selected – this is wonderful as the needle stays down in the fabric and the foot raises up whenever I stop to adjust fabrics as I sew these sashings.
- I reduced the stitch length to 1.8.
I decided to have 5 blocks across and 3 down as it will probably be a fun wall hanging for my spare bedroom where my little ones stay when they visit Nanna.
Fortunately I just had enough fabric left to squeeze out a border in the same fabric
I think the fabric was a good choice to “break up” my wild and whacky colouring pen play time. Believe it (or believe it not) he, who is quite grumpy, said the colours were dull. Seriously?? There must still be room for wild and whacky to kick it up a few notches!?
So I could stop here: sandwich, quilt and bind.
BUT I wondered if I might add a further border with some big, bright and bold floral fabric. I have plenty as the wall hanging is just laying on top of the fabric in the pic below. Could be a backing but I think that might be a shame as the fabric is gorgeous (from my deep stash). What do you think? So this is where I’d love your opinion:
- Is the second outer border below too much? Leave the panel as is or add another border?
- Use that floral for a backing OR put back into the stash for another creative opportunity where it can shine without having pretty petals pressed unseen against a wall?
On the opposite wall to where I will probably hang this wall hanging is this: some of my thread stash which resides here as my sewing room is not large enough for it all. So lots of colours going on in this room already. Yes, I know, several people have already indicated they would like to be listed in my will as there will probably be tons left when I pass the great divide! LOL
That was under my needle today (well yesterday, if truth be told)….and much creative fun was had.