Since Renee came to visit me and it's her birthday month, I thought it was only fitting to make something moon related as a gift. And since apparently my inner motto is "go big or go home," I made her a very long tablerunner/wall-hanging of the moon phases. I was totally inspired by this picture by Emily Blincoe. She is a photography genius - if you are a quilter, you will LOVE her layouts and her color combinations! Seriously, check her out!
I started by piecing together my dark gray and black scraps (to look like the night) into a long piece (I didn't measure it in the end, sorry!). It was so satisfying to use SO many scraps! I only cut a few special pieces of Lizzy House's black Constellation fabric (below) because it just had to be in this quilt. Because night sky.
I created a full moon template for the center out of cardboard, and I cut it down for each moon (gibbous, quarter, and crescent). Then, I raw edge appliqued them onto the black. I wish I had used Heat n Bond Lite (now I know the power of this amazing substance) but instead I used fusible interfacing to give each moon a little stabilization. The Heat n Bond would have made for less fraying but it's not the end of the world.
The quilting included stars (below) and swirls. I also quilted around each moon several times with Aurifil Dove (#2600) to show how big each moon was supposed to be. That was the most fun part (I used the template again - very slowly with free motion stitching). Finally, each moon was quilted a bit differently; some have lines, some have swirls. Renee loves to free motion on her home machine too (we have the same machine, as a matter of fact!) so I knew the quilting had to be advanced!
I backed it in a teal Lotta Jansdotter print that I knew Renee would appreciate because a) it's teal and b) it looks like moons. I had just bought a yard of it for my stash, and it was gone within a week! That should also give you an idea of how big this wall-hanging is. :P
Renee received her gift today (along with a bunch of other little goodies) and she loves it! I'm so glad and I hope it brings her happiness every time she looks at it. :) Moon phases rock!
P.S. Check out this cute mug rug Renee just mailed me as a surprise (I was already done with the moon quilt and was getting it ready to send out - I SWEAR we read each others' minds)! It's from the song "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran (who we also love). I'm so happy to be her friend :). And just to think that we met through our blogs!
Linking up to: Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts