Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Summer DIY Project... Part 2

Update on my (huge!) summer project:
All of the states have been cut out...
And ironed on to a piece of canvas.
Now all that's left is to embroider the state edges and pray my fingers don't fall off! :) I love the way this looks hanging in front of my window with the sun shining through, but its final resting place will be framed and hanging next to my boy's bunk beds.
I tried to choose a fabric that reminded me of someone I know from each state. You could say I have too much time on my hands, but whoa... that's not the case, so I guess my best excuse for doing something that cheesy is that I'm just a nerd!
(Update: Here's the finished project... good news, my fingers didn't fall off!)

21 comments:

Mandi said...

that is AMAZING! I love it!!

Simply Smith said...

This is so neat!!! What a great piece to put in their room! Great job!!!

Kelly

Kate said...

Sarah!

This is such a great project. I can't wait to see it all completed. Glad you've got such a fun project to work on this summer. I'm in the process of finishing up my first quilt...and adjusting to life with 2 kids! Happy July!

Jennifer said...

I just LOVE this!!

Sarah said...

Amazing! wish I had the patience and talent to make one.... can I guy yours?! lol! Good job!

Daniela said...

Hi,
this is so cool! My boyfriend wants to hav something like that from Germany! ;)

Dany

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Sarah, You are the farthest thing from a nerd that I know! I love this, what a fun and beautiful idea!

Christina said...

I love it! What a fabulous idea for wall art; if I find myself with too much time on MY hands (Ha!) or if I am simply overcome by my own nerdiness, I just may borrow your idea. : )

cck said...

I love this! I've been eying the one at Pottery Barn but haven't broken down, yet.

Did you trace the states?

Sarah said...

ooohh I didn't know they had these at pottery barn... humph! They stole my thunder. I did trace the states on the map then laminated them and cut them out. I laminated them so we could use them for other projects.

Ashley said...

I just found your blog yesterday and am OBESSED!! What a cute summer project-love it!

Kelly said...

Wow that is amazing! And time consuming! It's looking gorgeous!

Natalie said...

I saw this on another blog a couple months ago and loved it, but knew I would never have the patience for it!! I am in awe that you undertook it and it looks so beautiful!! I bow down to you!

Allison said...

Sarah - this is amazing! I found your blog recently and am loving it. I was hoping you could share the approximate size of the map you used. Our smallish town store had only one size of USA map and it looked smaller than the one you used. Any tips would be great!

Sarah said...

Allison, the map I used was about 2 1/2- 3 feet from sea to shining sea!

Karen Marie said...

Wow thats is amazing - beautiful idea :0)

Karen Marie Denmark

Allison said...

Hi Sarah,
I was wondering what adhesive backing you used? I got my map and it's all cut out, but before I start cutting fabric I want to make sure I have the right backing (I'm new to the crafting world:)

Sarah said...

Allison, I used the iron-on adhesive backing. It came in a purple wrapper if that helps. I want to see what yours looks like when you finish... could you email me a pic? That's the whole reason I do the blogging thing... I love sharing ideas that will bless your family in some way!!

karla. said...

I came across this while looking for something else on google...now I am hooked on your site! This is fantastic and I would love to give it a try!

leaf and letter handmade said...

sarah, that's incredible! i love the fabrics you chose! i don't envy you all those little tiny turns when stitching it, but i can't wait to see how it turns out! ps- you might be about to find out why those things cost like 300 bucks from land of nod/pbk etc. :)

jahorn12820 said...

LOVE this!