June 14, 2016

A Little Finish and a Mini Quilt Wall

I started this embroidery project on May 7 of last year (according to Instagram) and I finally finished it last Tuesday night, exactly 13 months later. Good thing there are no penalties for taking a looooong time to finish a small project!
 Feather embroidery | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

I mounted it on an 8" x 10" artist's canvas I picked up at the dollar store. I originally drew the feathers intending to put them on a 6" x 8" canvas with the feathers wrapping right around the sides, but when I went to the store that size was sold out. Not thinking it would take me a year to finish, I bought the 8 x 10 size and hoped it would fit without me needing to redraw it. Thankfully it did, though the feathers don't wrap around the way I originally planned.
Feather embroidery | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

I didn't think to take pictures as I mounted it on the canvas, but I'll try to explain my process in case any of you want to do it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! First, I pressed it well then lay it face down on the table with the canvas on top. I pulled the middle of the two sides to the back and taped them down with painter's tape and did the same thing with the middle of the top and bottom. To fold the corners, I pulled the corner back first, making a triangle, and then I folded back the two sides. I held them in place with painter's tape too. After checking from the front that everything was smooth and positioned the way I wanted, I used a staple gun to secure the fabric on the back.
Mounting embroidery on a canvas | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Just as with my quilting, some of the feathers are rather questionable shape-wise, but when you stand back and look at it as a whole I think it works fine.
Feather embroidery | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

This little embroidery was always intended to be for my laundry room mini quilt wall and, as it turns out, was finished exactly in time to be hung with everything else :) My laundry room has pretty much zero personality, so hanging all of my beautiful mini quilts seemed like the perfect upgrade. Also, this room is not only the laundry room, but also our pantry and the room we pass through to reach our wood-burning furnace all winter (and most of the fall and spring!), so I am in this room a lot. That means I'll get to see these lovelies often.

The Before shots:
 Bare laundry room wall | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.comBare laundry room wall | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

And After! Doesn't that look so much better?
Laundry room mini quilt wall | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Laundry room mini quilt wall | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
The gorgeous one on the left was made for me by Renee at Quilts of a Feather and I made the one on the right as a pattern test for Leanne at She Can Quilt.
Mini quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 The one on the left in this picture is from the first round of the #igminiquiltswap. It was made by Crystollyn (@crystollyn on IG). Those flying geese in the center are TINY! The one on the right is an angel quilt from the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap (round 2, I think). It was made by Denise von Minden (@denisevonminden).
These mini mini quilts are adorable, aren't they? Going from left to right and top to bottom, these were made by: Kathy (@sewitsme61), Amanda (@whatthebobbin), Jennifer (@neverjustjennifer), Anja (@anjaquilts), Yvonne (@quiltingjetgirl), Jayne (@twiggyandopal), Erin (@lemonadefish) and Beth (@cookingupquilts). There's still room for more mini minis, so I plan to do more swapping soon!
Mini mini quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
These have all been up for a few days and I love seeing them when I walk into the room!

I'll be linking up with Let's Bee Social, NTT, TGIFF, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finish it up Friday.

17 comments:

  1. What a beautiful collection of quilting / sewing art you have hanging on your wall. The embroidery fits right in. :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing your process for mounting to canvas. So the corners are kind of folded like you would fold your binding corners? Or that's what I'm imagining in my head. And your wall of minis turned out beautifully. I'd want to hang out in that laundry room. Also, we had a guild meeting last night and I took your mini wall hanging in to show it to them. Everyone loved it and was super impressed to find out you had free motion quilted it by hand :) I love that mini wall hanging so much. I cannot thank you enough for it.

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  3. Great collection of minis. Great way to spruce up a bare wall.

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  4. Very sweet mini. I love back stitch ; )

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  5. What a lovely collection of mini quilts you have there Leanne, a real testament to the creativity of bloggers!

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  6. I love your feathers and love that you mounted it on a canvas. Such a clever idea! We often neglect out laundry rooms (with good reason)! Very smart idea to hang some beautiful pieces of quilt art!

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  7. I love your wall art and the feathers are a perfect addition. Beautiful stitches!

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  8. What a great way to display all of those little treasures. :) Beautiful job on the embroidery!

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  9. What an amazing collection of mini quilts - it must certainly be a joy to walk past this wall now. I really like your hand stitched feathers.

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  10. Thankyou for linking up Leanne :) your canvas is just lovely, and looks great on the gallery wall! xx

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  11. This is such a cool idea! I love your wall of minis - such cuteness to look at!

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  12. What a great idea to mount on a canvas. All your minis look great on the neutral wall!

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  13. It's amazing those feathers are embroidered! The stitching is so precise. Just lovely Leanne! Your wall of mini's looks beautiful and I would love walking by them each day. Thank you for including my little mini - made me smile when I saw it hanging there. :)

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  14. What a great wall of minis and mini minis! Your embroidery piece looks great!

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  15. Oh yes! You definitely know how to dress up a wall. Very smart and colorful and so much easier to go into the laundry now, I'll bet! Thanks for the picture with all of the minis and mini-minis...it really gives perspective as to the real size of those babies. Except, now I want to make one!

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