We’ve done a lot to our house lately (new floors, ceilings, windows, skylights, closets, doors . . .) but one very neglected area is the walls. There has been some painting, courtesy of my sister who actually likes to paint walls, a fact I am taking the utmost advantage of. But other than that, the walls have been left pretty much alone.
Our last house didn’t have a lot of open, bare walls, so we really don’t have enough pictures to hang up. Those we do have I’ve gradually gotten up around the place, but there is still a lot of open, empty space. And I’ve been suffering from terminal indecision about buying new wall decor, so it has been months of staring at emptiness.
This weekend I made a small step towards improving the situation. I used a Johanna Masko paper piecing pattern to create a small wall hanging for the entryway. I love it! It is made from various quilt scraps in warm tones that go with the yellow accent walls and the gray/brown living room furnishings.
This was a very fun and fairly quick project. It would have been quicker if I’d done a better job of fabric scrap selection on a couple of sections. I ended up making one of the trees twice and the modern ranch house twice as well. The tree didn’t have enough contrast the first time, and the way the ranch fabric lines didn’t line up bugged me until I remade it. Which is ridiculous, because I replaced it with a floral which is not more believable in a house siding, but when I kept going back and staring at it I knew I wasn’t going to be able to look at those offset lines every day up on the wall.
It also made for quite a messy work area as I tossed through all my scrap bins looking for the right pieces to include.
It is minimally quilted with just outlines around each house and tree and I put on a very narrow binding, the first one in a long while that I’ve hand stitched instead of machine stitching. I confess that that was less a design choice and more a factor of the fact that somehow I lost my focus (and/or mind) and cut the binding at 2″ wide instead of 2 1/2″. So there wasn’t a lot left to wrap around to the back and I was worried I’d miss it with a machine sewn line.
It is hanging on the small wall that is the side of our coat closet, just where I’ll see it first thing every time I come in the front door. I don’t think I’ll tire of it quickly.
My son, on the other hand, is very bitter that it is not his quilt. I really had better get to pinning that soon!