Happy New Year!
Today’s post is about a wall hanging I made for my friend S. Anlichan no longer holds the honor of being the only person who receives presents from me with religious imagery. I wanted to make something special for S, something that would be meaningful for her, so I decided to make a wall hanging with a cross. S really likes fall colors, so I picked golds and browns. Apparently I made the distinction too subtle, as many people didn’t see the cross until it was pointed out to them. I quilted three circles in shades of gold to represent the Holy Trinity. I was going to use different stitches but instead I used a whipped stitch with different shades of thread.
My quilt guild had a Korean quilter and textile artist come speak to us about bojagi quilting. A boyagi is a square cloth used to wrap things. Boyagis are frequently pieced and quilted. Google them and look at the cool pictures. I was inspired by that and rather than making pieces of uniform size, I cut haphazardly and then arranged them to form small squares. I made nine squares total, five gold (for the cross) and four brown. I trimmed the jagged edges and made sure the squares were all the same size (six inches, I think) and sewed the squares together.
Pictures of the piecing process below. I’m not sure I’ve explained my piecing process properly, but perhaps the pictures help. (Probably not.)
The nine squares, edges trimmed:
The nine blocks, assembled into a cross.
I made little loops of ribbon to serve as hangers. I placed the top and the backing, right sides together, and pinned them and the loops in place, then sewed all the way around, leaving a space open to turn it right side out. Then I pinned it flatted and used a soup bowl to trace the three circles, centered using the corners of the center square (give or take). Lastly, I quilted and sewed up the opening at the bottom.
The finished piece: