A while back I posted this Halloween stitchery by Meg Hawkey at Crabapple Hill Studios. If you haven't read her blog - Knot-y Girls Stitchery Club - it's a lot of fun! I had finished the stitchery but didn't have a solid plan for how to finish it. The pattern shows it finished as a framed picture. I was going to do that until I saw Pat Sloan's new line of fabric, Arabella! Not only did I know I would use this fabric to finish the wall-hanging, I believe this is one of my favorite lines of any fabric ever! Pretty strong statement, huh! This fabric "speaks" to me! I love fall and fall colors - but there is also something in the design that speaks to me! I don't know what it is - but Pat, if you ever read this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming up with the design and colors!
I ordered a fat quarter bundle of the line and contemplated a piano border which would really set off the stitchery colors. I totally winged this border! There are a couple of little imperfections - some of you will notice, some won't, but this quilt will never be in a show - only in my home for total enjoyment at Halloween! The binding will be the same inner border fabric - hard to see, but there is a tiny pale-green dot in it.
So what I would like to ask you is how would you quilt it? I thought about a simple cross-hatch with clear thread all over. My only problem with this is the little leaves, made of wool felt, which are only tacked down for effect. Do you think cross-hatching will ruin this as well as the poem itself? The quilt will be hung, so it's going to need something to keep it from eventually "slumping". Have any thoughts?