January Blues Applique

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Here is a little wall hanging I finished yesterday for this weeks challenge of Square in a square at Project QUILTING. Are you taking part? I love small projects and it should be fun to complete a new challenge every week.

January Blues Applique

It is a 15 inch x 17 inch wall hanging. I made the center square as part of a block from a pattern but didn’t read the directions carefully and it wasn’t right. Instead of tearing it out……I just made something else. I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut out some little flowers and free motion appliqued them to it.

January Blues Applique

Closeup of free motion applique.

January Blues Applique

Here you can see the back. Sometimes I use paper for a stabilizer and sometimes….like here I just quilt on the batting. I don’t know if you can see or not but I zig-zagged some batting scraps together.

January Blues Applique

Then I added the backing and did some stipple quilting.

January Blues Applique

When it was time to add my binding I had a sleepy eyed assistant helping me. Notice he is lying on one of my Easy Street quilt tops…..so much for the pressing I did. I used my 15-91 Singer sewing machine for the entire piece.

January Blues Applique

I cut 5 inch squares and folded them diagonally for each of the corners on the back so the wall hanging can be hung vertically or horizontally with a thin dowel.

January Blues Applique

I’m going to call this January Blues

January Blues Applique

Sometimes I like to have a little fun in Photoshop and see what something would look like in a different color. Here is the same wall hanging in pinks and in teals.

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  1. This is so beautiful! I think I will have to try out some of this with my Big Shot :)) I only have one dye but it is a pretty one of flowers and leaves. Thank you for sharing your project and showing a close up of your stitching. Ellyx

  2. Such a great Square in a Square project you came up with – love it! I also like it in the reds and greens, too – neat application.

  3. I love everything about this piece, and thank you for the reminder of to make it possible to hang a small quilt without doing an entire sleeve.

  4. I love sewing with blues in January! I hang a lot of my blue quilts that month – just makes me think of snow and snowmen and cold, clear, blue skies :*) Not that I like the cold, but if one has to have it, then one must learn to celebrate it, right?

  5. Your first challenge project looks great! I can't believe you finished already! I am still working away on mine.

  6. This is really cute… the applique flowers are a perfect addition! I used your corner tabs on my last small wall hanging and it will be standard from now on.

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