|Our Lady of Guadalupe Wall Hanging|
I was watching a show on a local PBS station that has to do with crafting and I saw this lady quilting, without the tediousness of piecing blocks together, and thought, hey, I could do that! This wall hanging is the result. Currently, I have made another one and have another in the works. Instead of piecing the quilt, I took the fabric and pressed under the raw edge and then layered the pieces on top of one another in the design I liked covering the raw edges. (The lady did a "crazy quilt" pattern, but I liked the idea of framing Mary.) Then I pinned the pieces to the backing fabric with the batting sandwiched between and top stitched on the sewing machine. Lastly, I put on a binding and sewed a rod pocket on the back. It now graces the space above our fireplace.
The fabric I used to coordinate came from fat quarters and the remnant bin, and some I had from other projects. Another idea I have had for using one of these squares is to quilt a Mass tote for my growing toddler to put in little quiet things for while we are at Mass. I will post a picture once I finish it.
Once in the remnant bin at JoAnn's I found another print of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It wasn't as fancy, but I have that as well. In addition, I found an Advent Pocket Calendar on sale in January that I look forward to quilting together in time for Advent next year. I think that the pockets will make a great place to hold our Jesse Tree ornaments. What is even better is that in January, the $9.99 panels were marked down to $2.99! Just goes to show to keep your eyes out for these "bargains" and for fabrics that may just surprise you to find it in a secular store.