If I count the cushion cover, I guess this is Fractured Reality 7. I rather like working in a series like this.
I’m loving this free form piecing! This wallhanging is hanging next to the fireplace in the living room.
I’m still in love with the Japanese Taupe fabrics that I collected last trip to the USA. I’m tempted (almost weekly) to order some of the new lines available in the USA but I still have a boatload so I’ve been ‘good’ and held off.
I did straight line free motion quilting on this piece. Basically, it’s making straight(ish) lines with the feed dogs down. Although most of my lines are straight-ish a few got rather wonky but I stuck with my goal of not ripping out. In the big scheme of things – who is going to notice? I mean really……. 🙂
Jean Wells recommends in her book Intuitive Color and Design that to keep the edges from stretching on pieces like this (i.e. pieces with a ton of bias edges) to stitch a piece of twill tape or grossgrain ribbon onto the edge of the quilt prior to adding your binding/facing. I decided to try it so we’ll see how it holds up over time. It wasn’t any problem – just measure, cut and attach a narrow strip of twill tape to the edge – then apply binding/facing as usual.
I went with applying facing (turning it to the back) as I didn’t want a traditional binding look. I mitered the corners. Then a 4 inch sleeve was attached to the top and a 1 inch one to the bottom (to hold it straight). It has a little bit of a ripple to it – which is surprising given the extra steps that I took – but I’m hopeful that it will eventually hang flat. If not – I’ll probably take it to the dry cleaners and see if they can press it 100% flat – or I’ll just live with it.