How Museums Hang a Quilt
So you’ve finished your quilt and want to show it off with pride. There are multiple ways on how to hang a quilt, but only a few ways hide the hanging hooks. Do you want your quilt presented as if it were at a museum or presented as if 5 year old Tommy pinned it to the wall with Bubble Gum and tape.
We’ve found this to be one of the best ways on how to hang a quilt and do so with elegance and pride.
Learn how at: Amy a la Mode
Other Ways of How to Hang a Quilt
If you’re in a time pinch or just need a convenient way to show off your quilt, there are multiple ways to do so using household items such as:
- Pant hangers
- Clips and clamps
- Clothes pins
- Office supplies
- Curtain or shower rod
Considerations for permanent display of your quilt include a wall area large enough to put your quilt. Another consideration is the damage your hanging system may do to your wall. And remember that sunlight fades fabric at a rate faster than you might realize. So watch where you hang your quilt.
As read on: Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts
If you’ve been overawed walking through galleries or simply been intimidated by quilts you’ve seen at the local quilt store, please know you’re not alone and that there is hope! Quilting has been a mainstay in cultures for years and years due to it’s core simplicity and way of bringing people together. Once you understand the quilting basics, quilting can quickly become your new passion. There are many other quilting tools and accessories, but for quilting basics, a beginners kit like this can suffice.
Quilting basics – tools you will need (other than your machine):
- Rotary cutter. I use a 45 mm by Olfa and love it.
- Rotary mat. I started with a 12″x18″ cutting mat. I suggest eventually investing in the 36″x24″ mat or else you will hate cutting bigger pieces such as border or binding strips.
- 1.5″ pins and large safety pins. You will need the pins when piecing together your quilt top. The safety pins may come in handy later when basting your quilt top, batting and backing together.
- Quilting ruler(s). You don’t have to get these all at once, but if you bought the following rulers you’d probably be set: 8″ square, 10″ square and 6″x24″. The 6×24 is great for cutting border pieces and binding strips; I probably use this ruler the most.
- Iron for pressing the seams.
- Scissors for cutting thread. I like to use applique scissors because they’re really sharp.
As read on: Quilting In The Rain
Make Your Own Quilted Advent Calendar
If you’re list of PhDs and household chores are like most quilters, you probably don’t have a lot of time for big holiday or family related projects. One of the easiest and quickest projects is a quilted advent calendar. We’ve admired many stunning advent calendars that weren’t only counting the days to Christmas. More and more people are realizing the fun and family togetherness a birthday advent calendar can be for each of your children counting down to their birthdays or an advent calendar counting down the days to a favorite family tradition or party. A quilted advent calendar becomes even more special with the help of your children as you complete the project together.
For this project you will need:
- Permanent Fabric Marker
- Steam-a-Steam (or other double sided fusible interfacing)
- 6-inches coordinating ribbon (~1″ wide)
- (24) 3″ squares, for the small pockets
- (1) 5″ square, for the large pocket
- (2) 3″ x 18″ strips, for lining the 2 longest pockets
- (2) 3″ x 13″ strips, for lining the 2 shorter pockets
- (1) 5″ square, for ling the square pocket
- (1) approx. 10″ square, for making number circles
- (1) 13″ x 19″ rectangle, for the front
Backing Fabric (will also be folded over to create binding on the front):
- (1) approx. 15″ x 21″ rectangle (a fat quarter could work)
(1) 13″ x 19″ rectangle (or a larger piece of quilt batting)
And just like that you can have a fun and beautiful quilted advent calendar for years to come.
As read on: West Seattle Fabric Company
Shopping for Fabric
Shopping for fabric is one of the funnest parts of being a quilter, it can also be one of the more frustrating. So many patterns, colors, and options to choose from; how do I know which pieces will look the best for my project? How to choose fabric for quilting is something our friends ask all the time. There are countless ways to choosing fabric but we want to share the how Kay Koeper Sorensen chooses her fabric.
Choosing the Right Fabric
Following these simple guidelines should help the next time your staring at a wall of fabric and thinking – how to choose fabric for quilting.
To choose fabric for quilting you will want to choose fabrics that:
1. Include darks, mediums and lights
2. Include multi-color prints, prints with two colors and possibly prints that are what I call solid prints. These are fabrics that have one color but have texture added to them with a small print.
3. Plaids, stripes, checks and other geometrics can add interest to your collection.
4. Pick some bright colors and some dull subtle colors.
5. Fabrics should not be an exact match. It is better to be a variation of the colors.
6. And the most important rule: DO NOT PICK ALL YOUR FABRICS FROM ONE MANUFACTURER OR ONE COORDINATED FABRIC COLLECTION. If you do this all your work will be for naught as your finished project could look like you bought a preprinted panel!
As read on: Quilts + Color