Friday, May 3, 2013

Where we've been

There has been a lot of cute map-themed decor on the interwebs lately. I've been motivated to make some wall hangings lately. Hence this "where-we've-been" map.

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I downloaded and printed a US map, then enlarged it. To transfer the map to the fabric I taped the map to a window, taped the fabric over it and traced the state outlines using a water-soluble pencil.

I used fusible web to iron states to the map, then I machine-appliqued them to the map. I quilted the outline of the US with a walking foot, and free-motion-quilted the background. This is my first free-motion project in years, and this is definitely the best looking one yet.

I washed the fabric to get the nice wrinkly look and hide a few flaws in the machine quilting. This also washed out all the state outlines I had drawn, and now the middle looks empty. I'm debating whether to quilt some of the outlines, all of the outlines, or just wait until we visit more states and applique them on. What would you do?

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