Monday, September 5, 2011

Winter Wallhanging Completed! Design Wall Monday

So I spent Labor Day weekend laboring over completing my Christmas wall hanging.  I'm always surprised at how much the quilting adds to the piece.  As soon as the quilting line was down, the vision I had for this piece really started to emerge.  I originally had designed this piece for last Christmas but for some reason I got stalled.  I don't know if it was because all the thread work or because it wasn't coming out the way I envisioned . . . or a little bit of both.  Still, I'm so glad that its done and ready to hang on the wall and enter in the fair!

Some facts:

  • Original design 
  • 41" by 49"
  • Made with commercial and hand dyed fabrics
  • The trees are hand appliqued
  • The boughs are free standing thread appliqued
  • machine quilted, faced
  • good points - the design is strong, complex background adds interest and the gradations works well, thread applique adds dimension
  • bad points - the quilting could have been neater, the largest tree color is off - still - the borders are still a tad crooked
I was happy to finally do a piece with thread applique and now can add that to my tool box . Its so funny that last year I designed this piece because I wanted a "quickie" , little Christmas wall hanging.  Instead I got a piece that took 10's of hours, ended up being crib size and can hang throughout the winter!


Denise :) said...

I think it's very pretty - congrats on the finish! I love the look of the limbs, especially. And I know what you mean about stalling out on something. I, too, have a piece I'm working on finishing quilting for this Christmas that I originally wanted to have ready LAST Christmas; I just wasn't excited about it once I got it pieced. C'est quilting. Happy Labor Day! :)

sao said...

It is lovely - I really like it!!!! CONGRATS!!!!

sao in Midlothian, VA

Jennifer Woo said...

Very nice!! I love the quilting and the detail.

Barbara said...

This is just beautiful. Good job.

Kate said...

Very pretty. Congrats on the finish.

Julie Kaye from KS said...

The quilting adds so much deminsion to it. Great job.

Debbie said...

Looks Great! "Art" quilting is a time eater but it makes the difference.

Quilter Kathy said...

I enjoyed reading about the creation of this piece... especially that it was planned to be a "quickie" but turned out to be such a challenge! Congrats on a great finish!

Jean said...

Hon, you're a harsh critic when it comes to yourself... just like me. You did an absolutely wonderful job on this piece. I love it!

I especially dig the threadpainted accents. Wonderful -- truly wonderful!

Joyce said...

Very nice. The sky is really nice and I love the pine boughs. I also like the way the trees go over the border.

Vivian said...

I came across your blog on Design Wall Monday and then when to Christmas on your side bar (because I love everything Christmas).

I really love this quilt and the thread painting. When I saw the first picture I thought is was applique. But then I saw this post and the up close. It is absolutely beautiful.