Our mountains here in Utah are already capped with snow – a gorgeous sight! It is difficult to pick a favorite season in this part of our world because they all have their special allure, but when the snow falls over those mountain peaks, it is all I can do to keep my eyes off them. This is probably why I like to see them as Quilted Wall Hangings for home decor.
|All photographs by Jason Masters for Leisure Arts. Used with permission.|
[Edited June 6, 2020]
This quilted wall hanging by Alicia Steele, published in the book Quilted Wall Hangings by Leisure Arts depicts what I see at sunset every day, and I am absolutely in love with it! The book was created by the designers at FaveQuilts and features 11 projects for every skill level. Each modern project makes unique use of traditional quilting piecing techniques with construction ranging from “I can do it in my sleep” to “Wow – how did they do that?”.
But wait, what looks like traditional piecing may very well have been put together with washable school glue before stitching, so even the veteran quilter may be surprised at the innovative steps to complete the quilted wall hangings.
This Dream Catcher by Carolina Moore is fantastic! The carefully placed colors in the pieced triangles add movement as the resulting large triangle seems to be spinning around. What a clever way to install the finished quilt on the hoop! The shape at the bottom of the yarn fringe completes the Native American motif.
The harmonious unity of all the colors and shapes translate into fiber the tender sentiments and protective instinct of the Native American mothers and grandmothers. So, Dream Catcher would be the perfect gift for a college-bound son or daughter, for instance, or for anyone you send away: they will always know where your heart is.
For those of us who love plaid and have replicated it in our quilts, Geometric Plaid gives us another opportunity to showcase the crisscrossed horizontal and vertical lines in a fun and bright wall hanging. It is sure to enhance the decor in that spot of your house where only a handmade item will do.
Coral Gem, a fitting moniker for this quilted wall hanging, displays a perfect balance between sharp points and rounded corners, with the negative space providing pause to wonder about the designer’s inspiration. The coral adds the pop of color your room may need without overshadowing the elements placed near it.
Beyond modern quilters, the book Quilted Wall Hangings will inspire anyone to think outside the box when designing and hanging quilted art. The instructions are very detailed with lots of illustrations so, if you are a beginner, you will be guided step-by-step as you assemble your own masterpiece.
You can find Quilted Wall Hangings by going to the Leisure Arts website or at a craft store near you. I am so glad I agreed to review it before I had even looked between its covers! I posted affiliate links so if you choose to purchase the book I will earn a modest fee.
The designers who contributed projects for this book are amazingly creative. Their quilted wall hangings for home decor would make perfect house warming gifts, too. I have many of them adorning the walls around me: the one with teapots, the one with batik flowers, or Grace. I am always happy when I can switch them around throughout the year in my own house.
Although I am loving modern quilted projects, my own creative journey began with traditional quilt designs and quickly included all types of projects and fabrics. Check out my current patterns to see what I mean.
I have an idea – let’s pretend today is Creativity Day and celebrate all day by sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking… Are you with me?