Farfalle Wall Hanging

This is my finished Farfalle (butterfly) wall hanging and I absolutely love it. I made it for our newly renovated kitchen and I can't wait for all the work to be done so I can hang it up on the wall. This is the quilt that inspired my wall hanging.

Finished size is 28" x 28" and it was quite easy to make. It was the first time I used more than one color for the background (I used 6 different Kona solids) and I'm really glad I did. I think it makes this wall hanging more interesting. I pulled all the fabric for the butterflies from my scrap bin. Yay! I really need to make more projects where I use up at least some of my scraps.

While the quilt top came together rather quickly, it took me a few days to decide how I wanted to quilt it. At first I was planning on something fancy, maybe a spiral or circular quilting just like here and here. But, and it's a big BUT, I am only good at straight lines, no squiggles or circles. If I was going to use it as a quilt, I would have probably tried the circular quilting. I feel that since quilts are crumpled and cuddled in most of the time, some small quilting mistakes disappear. Wall hanging, however, is a completely different story. It's going on the wall, all stretched out, for everyone to see and examine. So, I decided to go with what I can do best - straight line quilting. 

Normally I use plain solid fabric or some sheet as a backing. This time I decided to use this fabric I bought at Ikea a while back. It's a mystery to me as for why I did that since nobody ever looks at the back of the wall hanging.

I used black and white striped fabric for the binding which I hand-stitched to the back. I really wanted the front to be nice and well finished and I feel like hand-stitching the binding was the best way to achieve that.

Here is the detail of how I'll be able to hang it one the wall. 

You know what's funny? It was quite an easy project to make, I used just my regular fabric, no special stash of hard to find fabric at all, yet I consider it one of my very favorite projects I made. It makes me smile when I look at it. So, I guess I can finish this post saying I could not have been happier with how this wall hanging turned out.


Linking the post to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.