Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A pair of wall hangings

  A pair of small wall hangings kept me busy over the weekend. 
  The first was simple and plain until I added the trio of butterflies. I found a few of these ready to fuse in place.  Some matching thread to zig zag down the edges and I was happy with the results.  With the warmer days right now, I long for spring.
   The binding on this one was leftovers I found in the scrap bin.  Both were the  flange binding but I simply joined them and pretended it was the same all around. 









 
    I also took a close up photo of the corner.  I get a lot of questions about my fabrics and  where I find them.  I have an assortment going back 20-25 years so don't expect to simply buy a couple of fat quarters for these projects.   You can see the fabrics are an mix of size prints, as well as different values.  A large scrap of fabric can yield a lot of 2'' squares, so you don't need much really.    So study this photo and hopefully that will help.



  The second one is part of the pre-printed panel I bought last fall.  The little bit of watercolor blending in the border is just fun for me.  It would be a good way to try your hand at this. 
  I just worked in one upper and one lower corner to frame the design.  A neutral tonal floral finishes off the border. 
   You can see I also added a few more butterflies....I just could not resist. 










   And I found space to work in a few feather motifs  for the quilting.  It has been quite a while since I tried feathers, I was glad to see I still had the touch for them.  The rest of the quilting was curls and loops.










  A nice pair for spring.
Happy stitching. 








20 comments:

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Beautiful!!

Pamela Arbour said...

My exact thoughts. Beautiful.

Mary said...

Oh, Debbie, these are beautiful! I have a special fondness for butterflies.

sue s said...

The butterflies are a really nice touch!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Color wash gardens need a few butterflies - beautifully done!

Gene Black said...

I love the idea of doing a watercolor wash effect for the border. You are right, it would be a nice way to try it. Even if it isn't perfect, it will still look good.

I think the butterflies are great on both of them. The look planned on both even if the ones on the panel are an afterthought. They really make it sing.

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Love the butterfly additions. Great job! I'm looking forward to a better spring than the strange winter we have had.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Both are so pretty and I LOVE the butterflies!

Louise said...

Both are so soft and pretty! They whisper of the delights of springtime :)

Ray and Jeanne said...

These are so pretty and I love the addition of the butterflies. I, too, am ready for spring ~Jeanne

Nicki said...

So glad you were able to whip out a couple of spring wall hangings. They are both so beautiful & are telling me that spring is on it's way soon. The butterflies added the perfect finish to both of them. Like Gene said, the watercolor blending borders would be a great way to try one's hand at what you have perfected with time. Hands down, you have to be the best watercolor quilter that I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing your beauties & techniques with us all.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

The both pretty and quite springy. Of course you will get spring long before I do here in IL. It's fun to work on some small pieces now and then. I have been itching to do a colorwash with 2" batiks squares but I have a few projects nearing completion that I need to focus on.

Kerry said...

Love the butterfly touch - so pretty.

Frédérique said...

Wow, I love them both, stunning quilts!

MissPat said...

Happy to see that you are able to get in some stitching time. Spring can't come soon enough for many of us, but I fear the roller coast weather of this winter may still bring us some surprises. I have a whole bin of butterfly fabrics that need to find a use.
Pat

Linda Swanekamp said...

On a gray, slushy day, it was great to see these! Butterflies are my favorite. I have been collecting butterfly fabric and need to find a way to showcase them in a quilt. Love to see all the fabrics you use in such a great way.

Quilting Babcia said...

We can all dream of spring flowers and butterflies and bees when we look at these beauties. A bright spot in an otherwise rain and sleet and snowy day. Sounds like your weather is improving a bit. Looking forward to seeing some of that here.

Janet O. said...

They are both lovely pieces, Debbie! The butterflies are wonderful personal touches.
I really love what you did with that scripture panel. Your feathers are beautiful, as always!

Mystic Quilter said...

Lovely little pieces and love the one with the butterflies. Pleased you were able to work on these again.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice quilts. The flanged bindings went well with each other.

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