Sunday, April 14, 2013

Home is Wherever I'm With You...

Hey y'all! How's it going? I have been working really hard to make time for crafting in my new routine (which is why I haven't been around these parts in the past couple of weeks) and have managed to get a few things finished in the last little bit - hurray! My brain is finally starting to get adjusted to my new normal which I am so grateful for. I've made a few things as gifts which haven't reached their new owners yet, but I've also finished a quilt-wall-hanging-thing for our apartment.

I made the top for this back in the summer/fall but got stuck with how to quilt it. After making another little mini quilt using this same alphabet (which I'll get to in a moment) and doing semi-straight line quilting on that, I decided that straight line would look great for this one and would also give it a little structure for hanging.

This wall hanging was inspired by the song "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros which is a song that Alex and I both really like (you can listen to the song on their website if you want haven't heard it). We haven't decided exactly where it's going to go yet; options so far include: above our bed, above our couch, or in the hallway near the front door.

I used Elizabeth Haugh's Refrigerator Magnets alphabet pattern for the letters, but with a few changes. I used the 5" templates here but paper-pieced them rather that using freezer paper as she specifies in the directions. I found paper piecing the letters was less time-consuming and I only had to adjust a couple of letters to work as paper pieces - as far as I can remember, only "s" had to be cut to work for paper piecing and I was able to follow the numbers on the templates for the rest.

The letters were all pieced using various prints from Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks collection - I didn't have any problems paper piecing with the voile but I wonder if using freezer paper with it would be a problem. Both the background and binding are Kona Charcoal and I used a purple toile I had hanging around for the backing. I still have to make some little hangers before we hang it up. I should probably also put a label on it... ya, I guess it's not technically done yet.

For: Me! (and Alex!)
Finished Quilt: 28x40"
Completed: April 08, 2013


  1. I love this so much Kaye! I'm normally not a quilt hanger-upper, but I would LOVE to have something like this in my home. The lines are the perfect touch.

  2. It's wonderful! I'm also not a quilt hanger-upper but would definitely hang this quilt in my living room!

  3. so sweet. love the colors of Little Folks against teh charcoal too.

  4. That's just gorgeous, Kaye! Such a great saying...

  5. Love it, Kaye. And my son's name is Edward Sharpe, so I kinda have a soft spot for the band.

  6. Thats just a fabulously romantic song and sentiment, and it happened to make an amazing quilt! Maybe I will take your inspiration to do a mini lyrical quilt too!

  7. I saw this over on Flickr and had to tell you how wonderful this is ; )

  8. Oh wow, I have to make this for my sister, it was her wedding song!

  9. Thank you for sharing that you paper-pieced the words! I have Elizabeth's pattern and was feeling intimidated by the freezer paper thing. Now that I know you paper-pieced it, I will give it a whirl - it's easier (for me at least). Thank you! Love your quilt!