Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January Blues

Pin It Here is a little wall hanging I finished yesterday for this weeks challenge of Square in a square at Project QUILTING. Are you taking part? I love small projects and it should be fun to complete a new challenge every week.
January Blues wall hanging @Freemotion by the River
It is a 15 inch x 17 inch wall hanging. I made the center square as part of a block from a pattern but didn't read the directions carefully and it wasn't right. Instead of tearing it out......I just made something else. I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut out some little flowers and free motion appliqued them to it.
Free motion applique on a 15-91 Vintage Singer Sewing machine
Closeup of free motion applique.
Closeup of free motion applique
Here you can see the back. Sometimes I use paper for a stabilizer and sometimes....like here I just quilt on the batting. I don't know if you can see or not but I zig-zagged some batting scraps together.
Batting side with free motion applique showing
Then I added the backing and did some stipple quilting.
stipple quilted front
When it was time to add my binding I had a sleepy eyed assistant helping me. Notice he is lying on one of my Easy Street quilt tops.....so much for the pressing I did. I used my 15-91 Singer sewing machine for the entire piece.
Kitty assistant
I cut 5 inch squares and folded them diagonally for each of the corners on the back so the wall hanging can be hung vertically or horizontally with a thin dowel.
Corners on back for a rod
I'm going to call this January Blues

Horizontal view
Sometimes I like to have a little fun in Photoshop and see what something would look like in a different color. Here is the same wall hanging in pinks and in teals.
Photoshop Rose colorPhotoshop Teal Color
I'll be adding this to the Project Quilting Flickr group - are you joining - this is a great way to get your quilting creativity going! Click on the button below to learn more and if you make something be sure and add your link here - Challenge 1.

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31 comments:

Kiera said...

Very, very cute! And I love your helper...he looks bored by the whole process. LOL!

shez said...

very nice Connie.xx

Fiesta said...

Beautiful Connie

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Very cute mini - I just have to add the binding to my project today and it is done.

Pauline G said...

Love this one - and the tip for the corners is a great idea

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

This is really cute... the applique flowers are a perfect addition! I used your corner tabs on my last small wall hanging and it will be standard from now on.

beaquilter said...

reslly cute, what kind of machine foot is that?

Sandy D said...

Very Nice. I also like your your idea of 5 inch squares to use as your sleeve.

Carolyn said...

Your first challenge project looks great! I can't believe you finished already! I am still working away on mine.

ChristaQuilts said...

Wow! I love that free-motion applique technique!

Scrapatches said...

Beautiful!

Teresa in Music City said...

I love sewing with blues in January! I hang a lot of my blue quilts that month - just makes me think of snow and snowmen and cold, clear, blue skies :*) Not that I like the cold, but if one has to have it, then one must learn to celebrate it, right?

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Very pretty wall hanging Connie! Thanks for showing the back too.

Ali Honey said...

Lovely in blue.Good corner idea too . Thanks.

Lesley said...

Great little quilt in blue...and in every other color! You're so multi-talented both in quilting and in photo-shop! Way to go!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This is adorable Connie! I love the colors you chose. I have too many projects to join another. But boy; I hate missing out on some of them!!
lol

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What fun flowers!

Terry said...

That is so cute. I like the blue.

Kevin the Quilter said...

Cool!

Michele said...

Very pretty. I wish I had the time to join this one.

Quilting Babcia said...

How cheerful! Perfect for a cold dreary January day. You get so much accomplished - I'm in awe!

Mary said...

I love everything about this piece, and thank you for the reminder of to make it possible to hang a small quilt without doing an entire sleeve.

Rachel said...

So beautiful...Thanks for the full run through! Nice to see you had such great help!

Barb said...

Such a great Square in a Square project you came up with - love it! I also like it in the reds and greens, too - neat application.

Cyn said...

Totally amazing, Connie. I just love it. The flowers are great.
Your 'assistant' looks as though he's about ready to doze off. lol

Stella Nemeth said...

I like your little wall hanging. It is an interesting take on square in a square.

Elly D said...

This is so beautiful! I think I will have to try out some of this with my Big Shot :)) I only have one dye but it is a pretty one of flowers and leaves. Thank you for sharing your project and showing a close up of your stitching. Ellyx

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

Adorable!

Debbie said...

I like this one a lot. You have enticed me to check out this project.

Becky said...

Cute! Love the flowers!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Love your January Blues Quilt for Project Quilting! Beautiful!