Crane Wall Hanging – Finished!



The Origami Crane wall hanging is finished, bound, labelled and on its way to its new home in Kentucky!  🙂  (It is straight, I promise – it’s just the pole is sitting cock-eyed!)

The cranes were quilted in the ditch initially, then I used FMQ in Wonderfil metallic thread on the cream background and in light green cotton on the circle fabric.  Each crane’s background is a different filler:

The metallic Wonderfil was… ok to use, I think, but as with the other metallic threads I’ve tried, it has some serious sproing factor.  I found it was forever climbing off the reel and wrapping itself around bits of sewing machine with disastrous effect, and I got quite good at spotting when this happened *before* it broke the thread or the needle.  The next time I use metallic thread, I’m going to stick a long straw or something over the first bobbin thread guide on the Pfaff.  That thing is almost more trouble than it’s worth…!

Because I thought Alison (the recipient) had done such a beautiful job on the bracelets, I also made her a bonus cushion cover from the left-overs:


It’s 16″ square and quilted simply with a diamond pattern.  I hope she likes it!  🙂

This photo is a much better representation of the colours:


The cranes I’ve made here are a smaller version (finishing at 8″ square), but you can find a pattern and tutorial for a 12″ version here.  🙂

Linking up with Free-Motion Mavericks and TGIFF!  🙂

17 thoughts on “Crane Wall Hanging – Finished!”

  1. This is so beautiful. The cranes look almost see through in places. It’s a very nice palette for this project.

    1. Thank you very much! It was inspired by the beautiful origami papers that are often all different colours and patterns in the same pack. 🙂

  2. What a beautiful finish! I love the different quilting on each crane because that always draws me nearer to a quilt. Lovely colors, and like Yvonne, I like the point! I’m sure she will love her new wallhanging.

    1. Thank you! The different quilting styles was a handy opportunity to practice some quilting filler techniques, something I very much still need to work on. Fun though, when the stupid metallic thread isn’t snapping every other minute, lol! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I bought it with something completely different in mind, but it worked too well for this project not to be used here instead. I can make box pouches out of anything, after all. 🙂

  3. So pretty! I love each of the different fmq fills around the cranes. I’ve never tried using metallic thread…it kind of makes me nervous! Thanks for linking with TGIFF 🙂

    1. Thank you for hosting – your post about denim patchwork was very interesting! I hate throwing out old pairs of jeans, but I never know what to do with them, either. 🙂 Metallic thread is worth a go because it’s such a striking effect, but in my experience you definitely need to get some metallic needles first, otherwise it’s a right pain. There was a point when I thought I’d never get the hang of the stuff, but I am stubborn so I kept at it and I can (mostly!) get it to behave now. 🙂

  4. What great presents. I love the colours you’ve used in both of them. The quilting is marvellous. I love the idea of using a different filler for each crane
    Love and hugs Gina xx

    1. Thanks Gina! 🙂 I hoped it would add interest, and any excuse to practice my FMQ is a good one, lol.

  5. Hello Heulwen,
    The wall hanging is fabulous. Alison will be thrilled to bits with it. I love everything about it, the fabrics, the quilting, and the fact that you have taught me a new word, too. Sproing. I have always avoided metallic threads but now I might have to try them just so I have an excuse to say sproing.
    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!
    Love, Muv

    1. Hello Muv! 🙂 (Apologies, I don’t know why I thought I’d replied already!) Thank you so much! 🙂 It was one of those projects that just fell together, and entirely from stash, too! Even the batting! *proudface* I hope she’ll be pleased, I haven’t heard if it’s arrived yet. “Sproing” is fun to say, isn’t it? Metallic thread is interesting to play with – not for every project, but for some things it adds a nice bit o’ glitter. 🙂

    1. Awww, thank you so much! *hugs* It’s always a pleasure to join your link-up, and I love seeing the amazing things you’re working on, too. I have something new to join with this week, too, if I can get some nice pix tomorrow. 🙂

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