Monday, March 24, 2014

Curious George Wall Hangings

I always seem to end up with leftovers from quilt projects.  I'm not talking about a few scraps, I'm talking half-yard cuts! It's not a bad thing because I know I can find things to do with them.  The bad part is that often they get put into my scrap box and not looked at again for a loooong time. I have been trying very hard to make sure this doesn't happen on my projects in the last year.

That brings me to my latest finish. Now, I didn't have the crazy leftover yardage on this one that I typically do, but I still had some left that I wanted to use up.  Of course, I started by making these pillowcases to match the quilt I made, but still ended up with a few pieces.

What to do, what to do...

Oh ya! Wall hangings! What a great way to add some color to a room with a favorite childhood character! It would also be fabulous in a library or reading corner of a classroom or house! I went with a very modern pattern so that I could maximize the pieces I had left, but I also tried to keep it pretty simple.

The back is just as exciting! Frankly, as far as wall hangings go, the back could probably be used as well.  Great way to mix it up so it's not the same thing hanging all the time.  Just turn it around and you have a whole new look! Love when that happens.

I used the same type of quilting that I used on the original quilt, with the addition of some bubble/circles along the red borders.  I also used the blue thread again, which I really like on the front, but is quite bold on the back. It's all good, though, it still looks pretty cool.

I also hand-stitched the binding because it was such a quick project and I wanted to make a thinner binding, which is always difficult to sew with the machine.  On the longer hanging I also added tabs to make it easier to hang. I haven't tried this before, but I really liked how it worked out and will definitely try it again.

I am super happy with how these turned out. I kind of figured out the layout as I went, and I love doing that! I also feel good when I can use up the fabric I have left from a project so it's not laying around.  I always dream of doing a Trip Around the World with scraps, but I don't know if I have it in me to be that brave with colors. Who knows.

So now it's on to making myself a new purse. My son has been pointing out how old my other one is looking; they're so sweet like that, right? :) It gives me a chance to practice my pattern some more, and use some delicious fabrics I purchased at Keepsake Cottage in Seattle area when I visited a few months ago. More to come on all that.

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finished Friday! Come on by and check out what everyone's been up to. I also have these listed on Etsy. Love to have you come by and check out the shop! Thanks for stopping by.


  1. George is the cutest!! I bet this would be so cute hanging next to the quilt on a boys bed! sweet!

  2. These are great, bound to make any bedroom bright and beautiful. And my little girl loves Curious George too.

  3. these are too cute and super happy!

    Thanks so much for showing this off at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  4. awww, what a super fun quilt!! great finish!