This Little Piggy Went to Market

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.

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My First PIG for the Year

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.

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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!

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7 Responses to This Little Piggy Went to Market

  1. Carol says:

    Lovely little project with several great tips. Thanks!

  2. Rita says:

    Kudos to you for working on your pigs. I must comment tho that I saw video about the bags of projects and thought how much easier it would be to go through these if you had them in clear bags. I use gallon-size ziploc bags, you’d be surprised how much you can fit in one and how much less space they take up. Also, they can be stood up like books and are easier to flip through and organize.

  3. Lori Baker says:

    Rita, I love your idea about ziploc bags. I think it’s time to do a little reorganizing.

  4. Alberta Roberts says:

    I use the Zip Lock bag idea but I put a note in it about when the project was started; it’s name; where the pattern came from and any information I might like to know when I make a label for the completed project.

  5. Lori Baker says:

    Alberta, that is another great idea. I think telling the stories of our quilts is important and a fun part of the whole process. With all that information you’d easily be able to document the story.

  6. Rita says:

    Alberta, u bet, I leave myself a note what the project was and why I stalled cause we know what my memory’s like lol. Sometimes leafing thru them I realize I have a solution for the problem too, and then they are easy to pull from the shelf. Too much fabric, too many projects isn’t life great!

  7. sevim says:

    absolutely fantastic and just thw right fabric for me as a beinnger quilty great to work with

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