It’s been a miserable, wet, overcast week here in Melbourne town – it rained ALL DAY Wednesday!! – and I’ve been feeling miserable with it. It feels more like the middle of Winter than the middle of Spring!
So, in an effort to bring Spring back, I decided to hang a light, floral, pretty quilt in the family room…..
….only to find – agog and aghast! – no hanging sleeve!!!
Normally there would ensue a period of prolonged procrastination, but this time I jumped to the solution, managing to find remnants of the backing fabric (and may I say, ahem, where they should be, in the appropriately labelled basket – even more agog and aghast!!) and Getting On With It.
Here’s what I did. First measured between the bindings….
then cut a strip 7″ wide by this measurement….
….double folded each short end by about 1″…..
(these ends could be top stitched but I don’t bother).
With right sides together, stitch the long edge with a 1/4″ seam, back stitching at either end….
Turn right side out and press with the seam running through the centre…..
Place the seamed side against the quilt backing; centre the strip by folding the quilt and the sleeve in half and matching these marks. Pin the sleeve in place, just under the binding….
Slip stitch into place all along the top edge.
Place your fingers into the hanging sleeve and lift the top edge to just below the top of the binding….
…and pin the bottom edge of the hanging sleeve….
Use your fingers to bring the sleeve fabric down and the pressed line as a guide….
Slip stitch this bottom edge into place…..
This method creates a gusset in the hanging sleeve, enabling the quilt to hang flat, with the gusset taking up the thickness of the hanging rod.
Once done, hang the quilt….
(and hope that the folds will drop out soon!!)
And it worked! Today the sun is shining! Yippee!!
Time to open the house…..and maybe take a cuppa outside and get some Vitamin D….(if you can tear yourself away from looking at your quilt!)
Enjoy your (hopefully sunny) Sunday!
This quilt is one of my own designs, made with my Charm Baskets template (VT4004MC), which uses a 5″ charm square with no waste! Machine pieced, hand appliquéd, hand embroidered and hand quilted.