Saturday, 1 May 2010


I have been busy working on my wall-hanging for my challenge group. Last time's challenge was to use photos, and this time's is to use free-pieced letters. (Guess whose idea that was!) Here are my efforts.

The first word went well, but as I proceeded, I realised that I had chosen two fabrics which both read as mediums, and I should have had one of them as a dark or a light. Never mind.

The next problem was that I had forgotten how much fabric is needed for free pieced shapes, and I was in danger of running out of the floral fabric. I searched all my scrap boxes to no avail. Would I have enough to finish the letters?
Only one more word to go, and I think I will at least have enough for the words.
But I had intended to use the floral fabric around the letters, and there was no more fabric at all.
By careful piecing (and a rummage through the waste bin!) I managed to find enough scraps to at least make a background for the words. Can you see the desperation-piecing on the bottom left corner?
Hooray! With a bit of juggling and fudging, the words are complete! Now to decide on borders etc. Do you recognise the quote? It's written by my number-one hero, William Shakespeare, and is from Sonnet 18 - usually known as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day'. Whose words would be better to make in fabric?!

I've also finished my next stitchery from Caroline's blog. Very apt!


Sew Create It - Jane said...

Your letters look great!

Gina said...

Been there and done that with the desperation piecing.
Why is it that your huge piece of fabric suddenly shrinks as soon as you cut into it?

Love and hugs Gina xxx

black bear cabin said...

free piecing totally hogs up fabric...especially for someone like me who isnt very good at it :( i havent given up though...i have a design i made ohhh soooo long ago for one of Tonyas classes, and i intend on finishing it one of these days. well done salvaging the fabric by the way...i wouldnt have noticed if you hadnt pointed it out :)