Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Little Sky Writing

Greetings from Scrapville.  Yes, I am still wallowing in scraps and having fun, too.     There is no end to them.  As you all know, scraps beget scraps!  I find myself thinking of ways to use the scraps of the current scrap project.

When Lynne, The Patchery Menagerie, first blogged about making a Welcome banner for her new house, I wrote asking if I could steal her idea. Her reply was, " Kathy, by all means, steal away. As Picasso said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal."

You see, I had just uncovered an orphaned house block and was wondering what I could do with it. Lynne's project was a perfect solution.

I remember, from childhood, occasionally seeing small planes doing what seemed like lazy loop de loops trailing "smoke" that magically spelled an advertisement or message in the sky.  So I free pieced my Welcome with that mind.

At this point the house seemed a little lonely, so I added some trees, a puppy and kitty and a bird house and a few landscape features, all made from scraps and all raw edge applique using whip stitch.
Then I added texture with perle cotton stitching - sometimes using big stitch, sometimes using a more natural (for me) smaller stitch.
I found an orphan strip of binding. (Am I the only one who makes binding and then forgets to use it once the quilting is done?)

Voila!  Now when anyone comes to my back door they will be greeted with a little sky writing!



  1. It's wonderful, Kathy! So cheery and whimsical. I would feel sweetly welcomed to your home when I saw this.

  2. This is SO much fun -- and yes, I've made binding and forgotten that I made it ahead (hence the binding tree to store pre-made bindings in plain sight).

  3. How cute! This is so fun and cheerful - what a great way to greet your guests! I love all the little extras you added to keep the house company. :)

    Yes, I've lost binding before, plus I keep all the extra, leftover bits as well. You're not alone!

  4. Wow! I love that you will also hang it near your BACK door, where friends enter! I will see it for myself in a few weeks!! Awesome.


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