Blue House Renovation: Step Six

From its original state until now the Blue House has gone through a huge transformation. Before adding the label, quilt sleeve and binding I decided I wanted to take the reinvention phase a bit further. Time to audition embellishments.IMG_6955

From my inventory I pulled boxes of buttons, ribbons, ric-racs well as a huge tub of thread. Little by little I auditioned buttons of every color choosing the ones that best fit.


Imagining how they would add to the quilt’s visual appeal was the most fun. Once I had them narrowed down I set them aside and moved on to the containers of fiber art supplies. From my stash I retrieved ribbons, cording, yarns and pompoms and strategically placed them in the wall hangings surface.

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Several options stood out immediately because of their complimentary colors and texture while others just didn’t fit in. With patience and a keen eye I sifted through many of the possibilities whittling away at the options until the final cut was made.

Sewing on buttons is not one of my favorite tasks. Whenever possible I use my sewing machine. When selecting the buttons for this project I made certain they were suitable for machine application. Each button was carefully attached making certain the machine’s presser foot didn’t damage the button. After buttons I moved on to ric-rac and hand stitching. I love the way French knots look so I added them in several different colors. Rows of a running stitch were also incorporated.

After applying the last piece of embellishment I sat back, in my chair, took a deep breath and allowed my eyes to survey the Blue House wall hanging. My heart was so pleased. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

Not much left before this project is finished. Time to take a break.

When next we meet we will finish up the wall hanging. I’m looking forward to seeing you then!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting


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