The Case of the Missing Sleeve

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…..

20131117-110859.jpg….only to find – agog and aghast! – no hanging sleeve!!!

20131117-110938.jpgNormally 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.

20131117-111402.jpgHere’s what I did. First measured between the bindings….

20131117-111444.jpgthen cut a strip 7″ wide by this measurement….

20131117-111712.jpg….double folded each short end by about 1″…..


20131117-111921.jpg(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….

20131117-112053.jpgTurn right side out and press with the seam running through the centre…..

20131117-112139.jpgPlace 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….

20131117-112551.jpgSlip stitch into place all along the top edge.

20131117-112630.jpgPlace your fingers into the hanging sleeve and lift the top edge to just below the top of the binding….

20131117-112820.jpg…and pin the bottom edge of the hanging sleeve….

20131117-112901.jpgUse your fingers to bring the sleeve fabric down and the pressed line as a guide….

20131117-113016.jpgSlip stitch this bottom edge into place…..

20131117-113054.jpgThis 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….

20131117-113325.jpg(and hope that the folds will drop out soon!!)

And it worked! Today the sun is shining! Yippee!!

20131117-113435.jpgTime 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!)

20131117-113545.jpgEnjoy your (hopefully sunny) Sunday!

Meredithe x

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.

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14 Responses to The Case of the Missing Sleeve

  1. treadlemusic says:

    And the fabric was right where it should be!!!! LOL! Mark it!! Well, rain, gloom, fog, wind here, only, for us, it will be getting worse before it gets any better (meaning…..warmer!!!). Great for those quilt projects that are ‘hanging around in the shadows’ (or on hangers behind doors!!). With the approach of the holidays, my head is whirring with ideas! Your wallhanging is truly a “breath of Spring”!!! Enjoy it for me/us, too, puh-leez!!! Hugs………

  2. Love that quilt! It’s a beauty anytime of the year! I like the plate rack/ quilt hanger too.

  3. Love the quilt! Ricky Tims says (so we must obey) that you should add the hanging sleeve in just the way you did …… unlike lazy me who stitches the top edge in with the binding!!
    The forecast for this coming week is bad – we may even see some snow!!

  4. Such pretty baskets. I remember that wet Wednesday wishing I was home sewing. Good job Bob !!!

  5. Carole says:

    I loved that rainy Wednesday, great day to be home sewing. That’s a very sweet quilt, love the embroidery in the corners. I also LOVE your quilt shelf 🙂 thanks for the great tutorial on the hanging sleeve.

  6. Helen F says:

    Luv your beautiful embroidery on that quilt M!!!!! Fancy the backing fabric being where you put it (wish I had that type of luck)!!!!

  7. audrey says:

    Love this pretty quilt! The little baskets are just perfect. Thanks for the sleeve tutorial too. You made it look very easy.:)

  8. Hilda says:

    It’s gorgeous Meredithe ! Great tutorial too and well done for hanging this little gem.

  9. Karen says:

    The quilt looks lovely hanging. It must have worked because today has been beautiful!

  10. thimbleanna says:

    What a gorgeous little quilt Meredithe! I LOVE the little baskets AND the colors — sooooo pretty!

  11. quirkyjazz says:

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award in my blog today! I enjoy reading your posts so much. I hope you’ll consider participating in sharing the love forward.

  12. I’d take the rain over the snow I’ve got any day. But the sunless existence does get exhausting doesn’t it? I go to work when it’s dark, but fortunately get home in mid-afternoon so I do (usually!) catch a bit of sunlight then, at least when it’s not overcast and snowing. (Which seems to be every weekend this month.)

  13. Jan says:

    Looks great hanging up! And good tutorial too. But where has the sun gone today? Hope you are feeling better.
    PS……our little surprises are all ordered and on their way…..

  14. Sharyn says:

    Thanks for that tutorial, makes it look very easy, guess I would make that sleeve narrower for a Dolly quilt hanging on some dowel. 4″ maybe.

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