December 16, 2013

rudolph.

This quilt is a Kajsa Wikman design from her darling book, Scandinavian Stitches.  I added a red french knot to Rudolph (Erin Michael fabric design), a black bow around the pink fox, and quilted the clouds and snow.  I used this tutorial for hanging Rudolph, but why the pucker at the top, Aunt Joan? Any great tips for hanging our quilts?  Merry merry!  xoxo, Karen.

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  2. Hmm. Hard to say for sure without a closer look, but I suspect your hanger is a bit longer than it should be, causing the quilt to pull out at the corners. This method to add the corner hangers is great for a smaller quilt, but a larger quilt like yours might need a little more support across the entire width. Otherwise it might look great in the corners, but over time, the weight of the quilt may create a sag in the middle.

    For a larger quilt, I prefer a hanging sleeve. Roughly measure the top of the quilt, then deduct an inch or two for each end. So if your quilt is 36" wide, you'll want a strip of fabric about 34" long by about 8" wide.

    To keep the sleeve from fraying, turn under the ends of the sleeve about 1/4" and top stitch. Then fold the sleeve in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. The sleeve is now about 4" x 33-34" If you haven't attached the binding yet, you can sew the raw edges to the back of the quilt at the top, keep the stitching less than 1/4" away from the quilt edge so the binding will cover your stitching. If you've already attached the binding, as in this case, just fold the raw edges under about 1/4" and pin the sleeve in place along the top edge of the quilt. Pin from the back. From the front, stitch in the ditch along the binding seam (you won't see the stitching if you use a thread color that matches the binding). Use a long basting stitch - maybe set to about 4.0 on the machine.

    Then, slip stitch the sleeve to the quilt backing (kinda like you would sew the folded binding to the back of the quilt. Pick up a wooden dowel at the craft store and cut it a little wider than the sleeve, but shorter then the width of the quilt. Use two nails on opposite ends of the dowel for hanging.

    Hope this helps. . . if not, maybe I should do a blog post about it with pictures. Maybe I'll do that anyway, next time I'm adding a sleeve to a quilt.

    Merry, merry! And nice job on the quilt! It's very whimsical!

    aj
    xoxo

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    1. oh, this is SO helpful. THANK YOU. i think our dowel is a little too long. i'm going to work on another one of these and will use your sleeve directions.

      also, could you add a hanging sleeve or corners if you're not sure if it's going to be hung up, as an option?

      thank you so much for answering my question! it's a busy time, so THANK YOU!

      xoxo

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  3. Wonderful quilt!!!

    My daughter loves it. I have the same book and this quilt is the only sewing project she definitely wants to have :) But I don´t know to free quilting. I will have to invent some alternativ way how to quilt :)

    Have a lovely time, Jolana

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    1. thank you, jolana! you could use straight stitching, or just meandering with a little practice! it will be beautiful however you do it…it's a great pattern : )

      be well!

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