December 22, 2014

Kid's room wall hanging

"Sandbox" is the name of this 27" x 18" wall hanging. The balls seem to be floating or rolling in the sandbox... It is snowing today - this is the best I could do for a picture.

I pieced the background from scraps of beige fabrics, just adding pieces here and there until I had fabric of the size I wanted. It was a fun way to use all those scraps! Making my own fabric was very relaxing as there was not a lot of measuring or planning going on.

Then, I had apple cores from a class I took two and a half years ago using Quiltsmart interface. I had wanted to use them to make beach balls but did not have the right background for them, until this one came together. I positioned the apple cores to form the ball, fused and machine appliqued them using monofilament and a small zigzag stitch.

I used Aurifil 50wt for the piecing and Aurifil 28wt for the quilting, making loops as I imagined the balls' trajectory. I really like Aurifil threads for piecing (hardly any lint) and for quilting (I have quilted with 50wt, 40wt, and 28wt, depending on the effect I want - always easy to handle and my Bernina likes it, too).

This wall hanging provided a good break from Christmas shopping and baking. Now I am ready to prepare some more goodies: this year I am giving Brazilian sweets to friends and neighbors:

I found the boxes at Hobby Lobby, perfect for what I had in mind. Today I am preparing more sweets, so no time for sewing.

Merry Christmas!


  1. It's beautiful! thanks so much for sharing

    1. Thank you! I enjoy using QuiltSmart products, as well as using orphan blocks to make projects born out of serendipity!


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