As the end of the month draws nearer and nearer, I decided it was time to finish one of my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks). One of my new year’s resolutions is to finish two a month. I’m working on a big project to show you next week but this weekend I took a break from that and finished this.
You may recognize this as #7 on my list of PIGS from my first blog post of 2014.
The PIG was this: completed embroidery, a piece of lace and a piece of piping. It was a kit from a Pfaff convention several years ago.
The embroidery is so pretty and dainty. It is from Hope Yoder’s Volume 3 Lace Shaping collection. I embroidered it on a piece of sheer fabric and appliqued that to the pink gingham. Then I cut the pink gingham away from behind the sheer fabric.
When I posted my list of PIGS, reader Wendy Crawford suggested “a tiny little wall hanging for a pretty bathroom.” I loved her idea. So here’s what I did. I added the lace and the piping at an angle. I didn’t have enough to go clear around so I just used some of it and put the rest in my lace/trim tub for another day. Then I put some of the pink gingham behind the sheer so the batting wouldn’t show. I realized later that I should have used some bright pink or lime green or something to really play up the shadow applique look but it was way too late when I thought of that.
This little wall hanging is 20” x 16” so I didn’t piece the back. The back is one piece of fabric and matches the border and binding.
I echo quilted the pink gingham. For the border I quilted Petit Leaf from The Quiltmaker Collection, Quilting Motifs Volume 8. When I use a quilting pattern from a book, I determine the size it needs to be and make a ratio of the size it is in the book to the size I want. Then I simply photocopy at that percentage. I make enough copies to pin baste them to the quilt and simply quilt through the paper copies. I make my stitches slightly smaller than usual and I use a 90/14 or 100/16 needle so the paper is easy to remove.
I put hanging pockets and a label on the back and bound the little quilt and just like that, it is finished and ready to hang. Ah, sweet success!
Remember to come back next week. I am so excited about the project I’ll be showing you.