Saturday, January 7, 2017

Autumn Wall Hanging - First Finish of 2017

This cornucopia quilted wall hanging was a Christmas gift for my cousin/godchild Kristin. She had requested a Thanksgiving wall quilt, but unfortunately, I didn't finish it in time.

Part of the reason it was late was that I wanted to see how the quilting might look, so I made another very similar quilt for myself to try out my ideas. The leaves turned out well, and I really like my corn.

I didn't want to stipple the background, so I did evenly spaced slanted lines which brings me to a question. Do you ever quilt the backing, batting, and top layer before adding the raw edge applique? I'm thinking that might be a better idea and plan to give it a try next time. 

In case you are interested, here is the pattern info.  My quilt is about 75% done, so I'm going to try and finish it up this week. 

I finished sewing the label on the quilt about a half hour before Kristin and her girls arrived for "Ladies Lunch." (When their school has early dismissal, they come for lunch and a visit.) Emma is beyond excited when she sees them at the door and they love her, too. Because Emma had recently had a birthday, they came bearing cards and a gift.

From the ten year old, Miss L.

From the eight year old, Miss T.

And the gift . . .

Later that night I went to a friend's house to celebrate another friend's birthday. She had a delicious cake, but hers didn't squeak!!!


  1. Janice,
    Your Family must be such fun to be with!
    I like your fall wallhanging. I think making a base first would be great. If you were to build the appliqué on a piece of 'leave in' stabilizer, you could do some thread sketching if you wanted to. Then attach to your background and quilt/stitch around your elements and it would give it a bit of a trapunto look. I haven't done this, so use my idea with caution. lol

  2. Luann,
    H'mmm . . . That sounds like a good idea! I'll have to give it a try.

  3. Those are indeed special girls! Their birthday cards to Emma are precious! Yes, I have quilted the background and applied the appliqué. For a small project, the technique works. For a large project, getting the bulky quilt sandwich under the needle to appliqué the pieces is challenging! Congratulations on a fine finish! I like your corn too!