Finishing a project is always a relief.
Sometimes the closing stroke leads me directly into
a repeat of the process so giddy I am with lessons learned
and a willingness to apply them again. Other times...well,
other times it takes a while to digest what was
gained and how to apply it elsewhere.
This is one of those "other times."
You may recall how I got into doing a church banner from a previous post on this project. I seem to go where angels fear to tread and this was no exception: piles of mismatched cloth, no patterns, no experience...only a willingness to brighten the altar in some way with textile.
I had read that taping it to the floor was an assist in lining up all the pieces if one did not have a large table. So my husband consented to assist and we did our best to square up the front, the filling and the backing in our hallway.
A bazillion safety pins later i was able to trim off enough of the excess material to be able to get an idea of what this piece would look like hanging. I still was not satisfied with the edges and I could also see that they were not even enough to stand as they were. Head scratching time for sure. Meanwhile I began to sew all three pieces together in what would appear to be the "quilting." I chose to make the words stand out as single units and then to outline each of the interior squares on all fours sides and the trim just outside the ditches. Quilt-speak I learned from the gracious shops I consulted.
try out day: it fits!
also appears that bottom weights will be optional
less wonky when viewed straight on
Whew! Brought it home to sign on the back and call it done! I hope that when folks find their cloth pieces in this banner they will realize that the real message here is that only when we work together are we truly one. I was challenged with making a lot of strange colors harmonize, with trying to get the loose weaves to cleave to the heavier pieces and with trying to include a little bit of way too many fabrics. Reminds me of many committees I have been on, not to mention family gatherings or large parties. But if it can be done half way pleasingly with fabric, just imagine what we would build with personalities? I know, trite, but a lesson well worth being taught over and over again.
Glad to put this one to rest.