Peace on Earth

24 Mar 2010
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It's no exaggeration to say I've been working on this wall hanging for 15 years. It's based on a lovely Mary Engelbreit design. I am pleased with the way I've incorporated other materials into it, but my skills were not great when I started. So the edges are uneven, and I don't know how to even them up without losing some of the design. Also, I used yellow chalk to mark where the letters should go, and now it won't rub or wash off. Please help me finish this after so long.

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gail moss wrote
on 25 Mar 2010 7:24 PM

Isn't it great to finish a UFO?  Don't cut the edged to try to even up the piece if you'll loose some of your design..  Why not add a boarder or two around the quilt and then press and tug he devil out of it to even it up the best you can ... or.. lap some of the uneven edges over each other and applique something on top of the laps to hide the unevenness (if that makes sense).. I don't know what  to suggest about the chalk because I can't even see it in the picture.. Hope you can figure it out..{ I just love Mary Englebreit... }

Lindy101 wrote
on 22 Apr 2010 7:57 AM

Googled 'chalk removal from fabric' and found this on

If the chalk stain still remains, lay the clothing on a clean white towel and blot with rubbing alcohol. Rinse thoroughly.

If you feel brave, give it a try.  I know you will love this wallhanging once it is done, but also know I, like you, would always see the 'imperfections'.  (we need to get over this?)

on 16 Nov 2010 9:49 AM

Quilting it might take care of some that.  Add some borders first.  You could try echo quilting around the letters to distract from the yellow chalk marks??  I once made an inside border "puffy" because it wouldn't lay flat.  Maybe you could make the figure puffy to take in that extra material (if that is what I am seeing)  and make your borders hide the uneveness??  You've probably finished this by now!