Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hanging Rusty Leaves

Several of my blog friends emailed me to suggest methods for hanging Rusty Leaves, so I thought I'd let you know how it all finally came together.  Actually, I tackled it immediately after I had finished blogging about it, so by the time the first emails came in, it was a fait accompli.  But thanks for your suggestions, and I will store them for future use.  When I chose to use the rusted tin as the hanging device, I realized that it was not going to be strong enough to hold even that small piece of fabric without some sort of fortification.  I glued a long, slender piece of flat aluminum to the back of the tin, and that has kept it straight.  While I was gluing, I also glued the hanging wire to the back of the tin.  I put three grommets in the canvas (left, center, right) top and then drilled corresponding holes in the tin (next time I will use a larger drill bit).  It was easy to line all of this up on my cutting mat and then feed the dyed silk ribbon through both holes and tie a simple square knot.  I like how it hangs, and would do this again.

We had company for dinner last evening: simple fare of Lentil Soup, Salad, and Coconut Panna Cotta with Caramel Apples in sauce (yummy!).  I like comfy little weeknight dinners when we can enjoy our guests at our small table.

I've ordered some fabric to make a baby quilt!  (I told you: I'm becoming a total fool about this grandbaby!)  I'm looking forward to a bit of mindless sewing in another couple of weeks.  Quite some time ago, Gerrie wrote about ordering fabric from Luana Rubin, so I thought I'd go visit her first to have a look.  If you're ever needing commercial fabric, Luana is the person to turn to!  I love her website, which even offers a design wall where you can look at swatches of the fabrics you are considering, and see how they work together!  So, I had a great time checking out and ordering fabrics in my jammies, in the comfort of my own home.  The bundle arrived yesterday, and I've gotta say, I did a wonderful job!  Thanks, Luana, for making this experience so easy and full of fun.  Here's some of what I purchased:

Since the baby's gender is a surprise(!), the nursery has pale yellow walls with white trim and chocolate draperies.  The accent color is an olivey/sagey/limey green.  I think these colors will make a great little quilt and I cannot wait for some therapeutic sewing!



Joyce said...

Perfect solution for the wall hanging.
The meal sounds delcious. I prefer small intimate meals too. I'm not much of a big party person.
I think getting gaga over a grandchild is expected and so much fun!

Jeannie said...

What a lucky grandbaby! The fabrics are beautiful. I am especially intrigued by the one peeking out at the bottom (brown with circles?) Your dinner sounded so yummy. Have a great day!

Judy said...

Jeannie, If that fabric is the one on the left, those are sort of abstract leaves. I put a lot of leafy fabric together for this.

Diana Parkes said...

Great finish on your leaf piece. The ribbon ties add a visual weight connection between the metal and the piece itself. Well done.

Gerrie said...

Can't wait to see the baby quilt and great idea for the hanging mechanism!

Carol said...

The hanging looks great, the dinner delicious. The quilt fabrics are wonderful, gorgeous colours and designs. What a lucky grandbaby this will be.

Elizabeth said...

Love Love your Rusty Leaves piece!!! Great job on the hanging!! Your fabricds are yummy and will make a beautiful quilt!!! You are supposed to ahve this much fun with a grandbaby on the way!!!!! I am off to check out that web site!!!