I’ve wanted to post about some of the projects I have worked on that are complete for quite a while, so here goes!
First up is the Easy Waves Piecing wall hanging I did for a class I took at Sew Creative in Fairport, NY. The class was taught by Pat Berardi a member of both the Genesee Valley Quilt Club and Perinton Quilt Guild (among others) that I too am a member of. The purpose of the class is to help you stretch your artistic quilting skills a bit by using the techniques described in Karen Eckmeier’s book “Layered Waves,” with one small adaptation Pat developed to make things even easier.
As with all the classes I have taken so far, this was a fun group to work with. Pat did a great job of demonstrating the technique and offered guidance in picking out fabrics and arranging them for the finished product. I hadn’t put too much thought into what fabrics to use for this project since it was for a class. My thinking is to emphasize learning the technique and not to worry too much about making the perfect finished product. I picked out colors I liked that went well together. A couple of fat quarter packs that blended well together fit the bill. If I were to do it again I probably would have added some patterned fabrics to the composition. The quilt doesn’t fit in with my home décor so currently I have the quilt hanging in my office at work and have received many compliments on it. A couple of people thought it was a painting at first until I pointed out that it was made of cloth.
As an added bonus Pat also showed us a technique for finishing the quilt using a facing technique instead of the typical binding. I love how the piece turned out with a “borderless” finish and plan to use this technique on future wall hangings. I don’t have a picture of that because the facing blends so well with the backing you can’t see it.
The other project I worked on recently were the pillows for the sectional we ordered back in early March. The sectional finally arrived on June 25th and I finished the last two pillows that night. I completed the large pillows a few weeks ago and was very happy with how they turned out.
In late March I purchased a fat quarter bundle of Cherish Nature fabric designed by Deb Strain for Moda before I knew what I was going to do with it. Who does that? 🙂 Shortly after I got the bundle I knew I would use the fabric for pillows and other things to accessorize the sectional with. The color pallet is perfect to go with the dark brown leather of the sectional and the theme fits well with our home.
When I first received the fat quarter bundle I didn’t know what I would do with the three panels that came with it, but after discussion with my Chief Creative Consultant (CCC – my husband Charlie) I decided to use parts of the panels for the back of the pillows. I had three panels and 6 pillows to make and each panel contained one large and one small square that could be cut out to use for the backing. I added some borders and put a zipper in each one so I can change them up or wash them in the future. The way the panel squares worked out they made a great place to hide the zippers. I think they all look great on the new sectional and are also very comfortable and functional.
You can check out pictures of all the pillows on my flickr page.
Next up is to put together a throw and wall hanging using the Cherish Nature fabric.