My husband, Ernie, has a big family reunion every year in far southern Illinois. It’s held on an acreage that has been in his family for generations. Uncle Ray built a pavilion, enclosed on 3 sides and landscaped the area with beautiful flowers. He works really hard each summer getting everything in top shape for the September get-together. One year, as a thank-you, I created this wall-hanging from panoramic photos I had taken.
This wall hanging is done in raw-edge applique, embellished with thread painting and decorative yarns/threads. I didn’t use any pattern for this—I just eye-balled it, as they say. Doing it this way gives it more of a folk-art look, which I like. What I really wanted to do was experiment with texture. Texture draws people into the piece, and touching is allowed on my quilts.
The other, very textured flowers and greenery are made by couching decorative threads. I used long tweezers (like what come with a serger, or what you use in surgery if you, dear reader, happen to be a surgeon) to hold the threads/yarns in place as I free-motion stitch them into place with clear nylon thread. Bunching and scrunching the yarns give a very full look, which also screams “feel me”—-so you may not want to do this if you don’t want people touching your wall hangings!