I've mentioned before that I have list of 17, count 'em *seventeen*, UFOs that I want to finish up before I start any new projects. I've been making pretty good progress with a current count of 6 of those projects now completed. It's sure a good feeling! :-)
Pacific Rim Quilting Company (this pattern is about half-way down the page). You don't need to do needle-turn, Nancy offers other applique methods as well.
But back in June of 2012, I need a Forever Project™ and this was it. Since it was a Forever Project, I wasn't concerned about how long it would take me. Even then, I was finished a month later.
Seriously, I love, *love*, LOVE Nancy's needle-turn method! It just makes sense to me; it's uncomplicated, not messy and *no pins*! :-)
Once the top was done, it got put away, as I wasn't in the mood for quilting. But now that I am working from my List of 17 UFOs, this top popped to the top and now it's getting its 15 minutes of fame. :-)
Since this wall-hanging is for us, I wanted to do something different and not the same ol/same ol ... kinda like expanding my horizons.
What?? "That's not new!", you say. And you'd be correct but .. it *is* new to me.
I usually quilt a background filler in the background space. That's what background designs are for, right?
Thinking of an overt design was the new part. I chose to "frame" the applique in a triple frame: narrow/wide/narrow. On either side of the frame, I quilted Continuous Curves.
When I was marking the foundation grid prior to stitching the Continuous Curves, I discovered that I was less than accurate in my placement of the applique fabric on the background fabric. ::sigh:: I ended up with less space at the top than at the bottom. ::shrug:: I'll live with it.
This project is also my February finish for the Lovely Year of Finishes.
|Those pictures are just teasers! For all the gory details, links and more pictures, please visit my web page for the Grapes wall-hanging.|