Woohoo! And only, ahem, about 2 weeks late, I finally finished the wall hanging for my parents’ 40th anniversary. Here it is (click on the picture for the full size):
It’s about 42″wide by 28″ tall. It was (almost) completely handmade. (The only lines sewn by machine are the “structural” lines that have to carry a lot of the quilt’s weight. There are eight lines of them: The four lines attaching the white fabric to the black and the four lines on the border attaching the rod pockets to the back. Basically, the piecing is machine pieced because it’s stronger.) So all of those little stitches you see in the fabric? Hand stitched. Every single stinkin’ one of them.
I quilted a puzzle (or vermicelli) pattern into the background around the two big red flowers and an echo pattern into the two squares around the big birds. The backgrounds around the pears and stars were quilted with a 1″ diamond pattern. Here’s a close up of the right pear (click for the full size pic):
I’m done and I’m pretty happy with the results. I could be a bit happier with the border, but I think I know how to fix that with the next quilt.
Next up, I’m making either a color wheel sampler or some appliqued patriotic fruit to go in a framed collage. We’ll see. I want to do a really quick project next. And of course, I’ve got to quilt my Home Sweet Home quilt sometime. Oh wait! Mother’s Day is in a week or so. Hmp. Looks like I’m making a purse this week.
I hope you have a happy May Day!