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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mandala Wall Hanging

Christmas, yes it is still up here at IHAN headquarters.  Last Sunday we finally wrapped up celebrating with family and hopefully by the weekend we'll have our decorations taken down.  Notice I say hopefully.  Something always comes up and last Friday was no different.   A group of gals were meeting to make a Mandala Wall Hanging and my girlfriend, Diane, was demonstrating and teaching.  How could I pass that up? 

Diane has made 5 of the Mandala Wall Hangings and here are photos of two of hers:
I figured if she could make 5, I could at least make one and as it turns out, I'll be making two...LOL.

Here is the pattern we used by Nanette's Quilts.

Mandala Wall Hanging by Nanette's Quilts

Choosing fabric became quite the adventure for me.  I wanted to use Aboriginal Fabrics by M & S Textiles but I couldn't find more to go with what I had.  Then I thought about using Patternista by  Paula Nadelstern and I could not find enough coordinating fabrics locally. 
Then I found Love Lives Here"by P. Carter Carpin for P & B Textiles and that's what I went with.  You need a 10 degree wedge ruler to make a Mandala.
The neat thing about Cheryl's ruler is that it comes with a free pattern on the back...can you say BONUS :)
This is how far I got in a 4 hour class.  I thought I did pretty well considering that included cutting out my fabrics.  Once I put the Mandala in the frame I realized the stripe section that I used emphasized the orange.  Sort of clashing with my border.  When I got home I took my stripe fabric and color copied a variety of sections so I could preview the combinations before making another Mandala.
Believe it or not, each of those sections are different and bring out different colors.  I decided to go with a smaller bird for the center as well.
I believe I have settled on the dark red spiral in the center.  Now I just need to re-cut my fabric and make another Mandala.  No worries, I will find another fun fabric to use the Mandala with the orange emphasis.  Unless of course someone says that it is just perfect for something they already have and I'm likely to pass it along :)

It has been awhile since I posted a Flamingo Family here you go :)

Hope you are having a wonderful week!



Karin said...

You're right - and the orange isn't my favorite, but I do love the birdie! That's really quite striking!

But what's all that white stuff around the flamingoes? Looks awfully cold...

Khristina aka Khris said...

You know how much I loved your fabrics...I actually love the orange but with the redder borders it may look better with the red mandela. Seeing in real would be easier to judge.
Hugs Khris

SewCalGal said...

What a beautiful quilt. I've never seen that design before. Love it and love what you created. Of course that sweet bird fabric is absolutely perfect for this quilt too. Great job.

Thanks for the update on the Flamingo's. Looks like they are enjoying the snow. I'm surprised they don't have any winter jackets on. Should we get a group of sewing and/or knitting enthusiasts to rally to make them some outfits? I think they need some! Wondering if I can come up with a hat, cap, boots, scarf, etc? Hmm. Have to think about how to design something warm for a flamingo. looks cold.


Sew Quilt Embroider said...

great post, Kelly! I love your mandalas! enjoy the flamingos, too!

Jean(ie) said...

Oh wow! I love your fabric choices. I can't wait to see it finished!!! Love it! That looks like it requires far more patience than I have.

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Gene Black said...

I love that idea Kelly, I just don't need/want to buy any more specialty tools like the 10 degree wedge. (I am running out of space!)
Thanks for sharing another fun picture of the flamingoes.

sandra said...

I have always wanted to do a Mandala Quilt and a friend gave me a book on them but they looked so complicated. I love the bird fabric it is so cute. Now I also like the orange but that is just me!

Carrie P. said...

what a cool pattern!
flamingos and snow, what a combination.

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creativedawn said...

Hi Kelly!
Your flamingos are absolutely precious! ... especially the one in the sleigh! I love that you guys have snow; it's so pretty. Orange and pinks do play nicely together in your the bird center...really beautiful!!!!

Suresh Kumar Gared said...

Great post Kelly... I Love your mandala wall hangings... thanks for sharing such beautiful designs...!! Warmly welcome to visit our website -

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