>> Friday, August 26, 2011

 Several months ago I showed you my first paper piecing efforts. I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with the block, but I took the advice several of you imparted, and opted to make it into a challah cover/wall hanging. I added a slim aqua border and then a larger natural border, making the block a generous 19" square.

I knew pretty quickly that I would back it with a piece of Dogwood Stripe, from Laura Gunn's Poppy Collection (I think this print is now out-of-print, seeing as it's not longer listed on Michael Miller's website). I had used a tiny scrap on the front and wanted to show off the larger scale on the back.

{Please pardon the wrinkles!}

When quilting it, I opted for straight lines spaced about 1/4 - 3/8" apart within the natural border regions (I realize that makes it sound like I was quilting a political map of a contested war zone rather than a piece of art). I wanted the focus to be on the center circle of triangles, and I think I accomplished that. I also like how the slim aqua border puffs up a bit because it wasn't quilted.

I spent several months (literally) mulling over the binding. At first I considered using another aqua print, but that just seemed blah. Then I thought a green print would work well and pull out the green from the backing print. But I just looked at it, never finding it quite compelling enough. Finally I decided this was going to be a gift for friends I stayed with in Minneapolis and I needed to finish it before I left for the trip. And suddenly I knew that the peach Pearl Bracelet print (from Lizzy House's Red Letter Day collection) would be perfect. I had a momentary pause when I worried about the gray clashing with the natural, but I decided to stick with my gut, and I think the contrast makes the piece zing. And now "Twinkle" resides with my friends Dara and Barry who graciously let me stay in their Minneapolis apartment while they were away.

I think the binding is my favorite part of this challah cover/wall hanging. I already have more plans for the fabric as the binding of a future quilt. It's one of those prints that just works with so many colors, designs, and projects. While I missed out on some of the ducks from Red Letter Day, I'm glad I got my hands on this print. In fact, I'm finding myself more and more drawn to a lot of the "secondary" prints in big collections, especially the tone-on-tone or two-color prints that are extremely versatile and play well with others.


~Michelle~ August 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM  

The orangey pearls are perfect! And I won't ever get tired of looking at photos of binding...just as long as I get a glimpse of the bound object also! ;)

Karissa August 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM  

I love the binding, too! So perfect. I am also finding myself drawn to secondary prints; they seem so much more versatile.

FlourishingPalms August 26, 2011 at 5:06 PM  

Don't you just love that Circle of Geese block? I have cut out enough fabrics to make 12 of them (each 12" square) in a rainbow gradation with gray and white backgrounds. I think it will make a nice wall hanging. And I also shrunk the design to 9" to make a couple potholders. Did I mention I love this design? Yours is gorgeous in aquas contrasted against white. Very well done. What a nice gift!

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs September 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM  

I love the challah cover! It's great to see some Jewish sewing projects. I just posted a Hanukkah-themed mug rug tutorial on my blog...enjoy!

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