Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hearts Wallhanging Done
Tonight I finished Hearts, a wallhanging I started about a year ago for Valentine's Day. The heart shapes are all a little different from each other. I drew lots of hearts on paper, then chose my favorites. I traced the shapes onto the dark red fabric, which I had previously backed with fusible web. Once the hearts were arranged I ironed them into place. That's as far as I got last year.
Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I decided I'd go ahead and finish it. After viewing several tutorials on the Internet about machine applique, I chose a tight zigzag. For stabilizer I used plain binder paper on the back, sewing through the heart, background and binder paper. After the applique was done most of the paper came off, but a little remains in the zigzag stitches on the back, which doesn't really bother me. The paper will never be seen.
With the applique done, I made the quilt sandwich with scrap batting and the same green fabric for backing. I machine quilted in a loop-de-loop pattern. Here's a tip I got from Ami Simms' website: Before attaching binding, I took 4" squares and folded them on the diagonal, forming triangles. I placed a triangle in each corner of the back of the quilt, raw edges to the sides of the quilt. The corners will hold strips of wood for hanging. I attached the binding, and voila! Another WIP was done.
Close-up showing one of four triangles that will hold strips of wood for hanging