The french doors have been installed at the entrance to my new sewing room. They have been primed by the supplier, but still need a coat or two of glossy white. This weekend I will pick up a quart of paint and spend a few minutes each day working on "finish" painting.
Many moons ago I purchased this black and white panel. After retirement, quilting truly did become my therapy! Following years of working 12 hour days, I needed something to save my sanity and quilting was the solution. This piece would make a great "welcome" quilt at the entrance to my sewing room!
I decided to use Prismacolor pencils to fill in portions of the fabric. I didn't want to color in the entire piece as I felt it would be "too" colorful and busy! Sometimes less is more. After I had added just the right amount of color I placed the design face down on top of a paper towel covering my ironing board. I pressed it with dry heat from the back to "heat set" the colors. Now how to connect the saying strip to the main body of the picture?
Several years back I had designed a fabric at Spoonflower. It was a series of colored pencils lined up and then photographed as a closeup. All of those pencils would be wonderfully bright and colorful as a dividing strip...and the fact that the design had been colored with pencils?...PERFECT! I found the sample and cut 1" strips, which I then sewed end to end making a strip of fabric long enough to fill the gap between the picture and saying below. I'm lovin' it!
While moving my sewing room I found a piece of prequilted fabric. I almost included it in my Freecycle giveaways, but something stopped me. Now I know why I hesitated! This super thin batting and backing all in one was just what I needed! Once I have finished a small amount of quilting, I will decide if the piece will be bound into a mini quilt to hang on my door, or placed into a frame to hang above the entry. Either way it is the perfect WELCOME to my room.
I sure do look happy sewing away, don't I?