Making waves, adding borders and backing…

Threads…Looking forward to using all the colors!

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Each layer has a line of stitching 1/8″ from the folded edge.

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Adding borders–Very excited to find this cream-colored fabric at the fabric store!  The little asterisks reminded me of starfish and the circles of seashells.  The stars and circles are about 1/8″ high.

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The cream borders set off the colors in the quilt.

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Someone gave me this wonderful tropical fish fabric.  I like to have fun with backings of my quilts and this pattern fits the bill!

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The wall hanging is now “layered,” with the top, batting (blankety material in-between) and backing secured together with temporary quilter’s spray adhesive.  Saves a lot of time, not having to make the large basting stitches to hold the layers together for the quilt stitching.  Can’t wait to add some texture and interest with the quilting and fun threads!

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Prayer:  Dear Father, Please continue to work in my niece’s life.  Help her continue to understand and trust that You have all the pieces of her life in Your Hands, and that You love to add layers of Your love to her heart.

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Rotary cutting the waves and pinning it together!

After rotary cutting the fabrics to create curves….

rotary cut fabrics

I played around with the strips, changed the order a bit and added some lace for the foam of the waves.

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Prayer:  Thank You, Lord, for my dear niece.  As she finishes her final month of high school, please keep leading and guiding her.  Help her always to remember that You Are Here, no matter what waves and billows come crashing around her.

Cutting the Fabrics!

After letting my chosen fabrics “stew” for a few days on the dining room table, I added one other blue fabric and decided the approximate size for my wallhanging.  I made a design on graph paper.  Being “accidental  landscapes,”  the book didn’t suggest this, but it helped me get a clearer vision of  where I was going with my first project of this kind.

graph of Maggie's Seascape

Rotary cutting (a pizza-cutter type implement) and ironing the strips with some starch was next, followed by inspection by Angus and Orlagh.  They like the colors!

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