I'm still working on quilting my samples from my Craftsy Class. I'm also trying to use each one of the MANY stencils that I purchased for the class. I purchased them for educational purposes of course - not just because I thought they were cute or fun!!
Two of the challenges when working with stencils are getting them to "fit" the space and figuring out what to do at a corner when a corner option isn't provided with the stencil.
Here is the stencil that I decided to work with for this wallhanging. I like this stencil because of it's movement and the versatility of the design. It could be used on a whimsical quilt like this one, a children's quilt or even an Asian style quilt. Lots of choices - I like that!!!
I decided to audition the quilt using Quilters Preview Paper.
Things were going well until I got the idea in my head that I should somehow make the design connect to flow around the corner.
What was I thinking???? Yes, sometimes it works but this time it wasn't working but I couldn't seem to give up the idea.
What a hot mess! I finally came to my senses and decided to just keep things simple. I started with the top and bottom borders. I found the middle of the border and the middle of the stencil and started marking from the middle of the border out to the edges of the quilt top. I decided that I would "finish" the design however it ended at the edges. I didn't care if part of it was cut off or not since the quilt and the design where both so whimsical.
I did the same thing for the side borders. I decided to end the design at the seam lines. The design doesn't start and finish the same but the difference didn't bother me. I felt like it had a flow to it.
Here is a closer view of the corners.
So the moral of the story is to remember that you have options when working with stencils. Don't get stuck trying to get it to fit in a "traditional" manner. There are other options that look great!!
Happy Quilting and talk to you soon!!