This wall hanging began life as a pillow in 2007 when it won a blue ribbon at our county fair. Then, it went into the cedar chest to be given as a gift to the proper person. Each time, I hung onto it and gave something else from the chest and decided this year, I would like to have it made into a wall hanging that I could use more than I could a pillow.
It was pretty easy to disassemble the pillow, make the back into top and bottom borders, and add a backing. I omitted binding and simply sewed the wall hanging and backing right sides together, then turned and top-stitched. I used drapery hooks rather than adding a sleeve.
This pattern was adapted from a decorative painting design by my favorite artist, Helan Barrick. I simplified it quite a bit to make it into a fused applique panel and added the pieced blocks in typical Amish colors. The little quilt the girls are working on is also pieced.
I’m enjoying seeing this repurposed item in my kitchen after all these years.