Thursday, May 29, 2008
Happy Village Complete!
As most of you probably figured out, the project I was working on was a Happy Villages Wallhanging, from the book by Karen Eckmeier.
Today, I completed the little quilt. I am very pleased! :-)
Yesterday I mentioned a few things that I would remember when I do the next one. I have a few more things to remember for next time based on todays work:
1. Use a regular binding and backing rather than the felt. Mine was nice and flat and square until the moment I started zig-zagging around the edges. At that point the edges went all wavy on me. Tight zig zags gathered it up, I suppose. I was tempted to wet it and steam it into submission, but of course with the tulle on there, I didn't dare.
2. After I triple check to make sure all the roofs, doors and windows are where I want, I will triple check again. After I had about half of the project quilted, I noticed that a little red building RIGHT IN THE DEAD CENTER of the quilt has neither a door nor a window. Argh! Oh well.
3. Next time, I will will use all batiks. I had trouble with a bunch of the edges of the pieces fraying when I quilted them. I imagine the tighter weave of batiks would minimize this problem.
4. More overlap and don't do the quilting so close to the edges of the pieces. See above fraying issue.
Overall, the piece looks great. I'm not so thrilled about the quilting when I look at it up close, but next time I think that will improve. Besides, its supposed to be abstract, right? :-)
Anyone who is on the fence about trying this technique: GO FOR IT. Its not a huge time consuming project, and it doesn't use very much fabric. Sit down, play with it for a couple of hours and try it out. It is fun!!