Monday, December 6, 2010

Stick a fork in it cause it's FINALLY done !!! :)

WHAT?!?!? Halloween stuff ?!?!? STILL ?!?!? (sigh) .... yes (head hung in shame).
Happy Christmas Season Blogland Neighborhood! Yes .... that IS Christmas music you hear in the background .... and YES that is a picture of a Halloween project.... and YES, the MBIAJ Sewing and Quilting Dept JUST finished it ..... "Better Late than Never" is how we roll around here!

ANYHOW, we wanted to share our quilt hanging method we used here (which could be used for any small wall hanging for example a CHRISTMAS wall hanging ).

First thing we did was go outside and rustle up a stick.....

.....and paint it (just acrylic craft paint)

......just simple stripes and dots ....(please ignore cruddy laundry tub)

Next, finish sewing/quilting wall hanging (this is where we usually allow for about a 1 -> 3 year window of time......) BUT don't finish the binding .... yet! Well, you can bind the sides and the bottom but don't finish the binding across the top of the quilt yet. (I do 4 separate bindings ... one for each side instead of a continuous binding. I think this method would also work OK for a continuous binding ).

OK .... so you have the binding on both sides and the bottom. Now you need to make your hanging loops. Here's the recipe:

Cut 2 loops 3" x 8"

Press under 1/4" hems on each long side of each loop

Fold in 1/2 lengthwise with wrong sides together and press.

Top stitch 1/8" from edge.

Matching raw edges, pin loops equal distance from outer edges of quilt (for this wall hanging I pinned them 1 1/2" from outer edges)

Place and pin top binding along top edge of quilt OVER loops matching raw edges. Stitch 1/4" from raw edge. Finger press seam and loops flat.

Bring loops over top of quilt top to back edge and pin in place matching raw edges (makes a loop)

Bring binding over top edge of quilt to back , covering quilt and loop raw edges.

Stitch binding down, first folding ends in.

OK , so you've got your loops and you've got your painted stick . Now you need to put the stick through the loops (I know.... we're stating the obvious here). NOW, you have to have a way to hang the stick/quilt unit. So ........

Cut another piece of fabric 1" x about 52". Fold in 1/2 lengthwise with wrong sides together. Press. Topstitch long edge close to edge (edges are raw and unfinished).

Trace 4 shapes (we did stars) onto fusible web. Iron web onto wrong side of fabric and cut out.

Sandwich ends of long (52") folded fabric strip between 2 stars.

Fuse together.

Top stitch.

Tie onto either end of the painted stick.

Well, hope you can use some of this info!

OK ..... now that we finally have Halloween out of the way, it's time for the MBIAJ Decorating, Shopping, Baking, Wrapping, Card Writing, Stocking Hanging Depts to get a wiggle on since Christmas is coming faster than a freight train! YIKES !!!!!

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)


Nancy said...

and just in time....for next year...

How is that graduation quilt coming along? Did you ever finish it?

Cheryl said...

That is one cute Fall hanging and love the hanger!! Now on to Xmas!