Whew. I finished the wall hanging at 5:30 this afternoon for Chicken Mama's open house and sale tomorrow. Whew again.
Here are some pictures so you can see the process.
First I laid out all the 2" squares on my design wall, stood back and took a good look. Some squares needed to be changed and rearranged, but I quickly realized that I could stand there and make changes for two or three days if I didn't say "Good enough!" and get on with it. Next step was to start sewing the squares together. The size of the thing sure does shrink right down when you start putting the squares together with quarter inch seams.
All squares sewn together and ready for the applique on top of the background. The plain blocks in the center are just muslin squares I used as "plugs" because the applique will completely cover that area.
A big, green evergreen tree went on first. That was easy.
Then started the painstakingly s-l-o-w process of fussy cutting out all the decorations for the tree, putting them on bonding material, cutting them out again and then bonding them to the tree. Doesn't look like that much now that it's done, but believe you me, it took days.
Chicken Mama asked that I put a "Welcome" block on the bottom of the piece so I constructed that to fit as part of the wall hanging.
After the tree was fully decorated, there were wrapped gifts to make and arrange under the tree.
Here's a detail of the applique on the tree. Darn good thing all the individual pieces were just bonded on with heat; I would never have lived through traditional applique and sewing them on by hand. And you can see they were too detailed to do by machine.
And here is the finished piece. I'll get a picture of it on the door to Chicken Mama's office tomorrow at the open house.
See you there!
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