Quilt wall hangings are quilts that are hung on the wall like a painting or other artwork. Any quilt can be used as a wall hanging, but quilts created specifically as wall hangings are generally much smaller than a bed quilt. You can make a quick quilt wall hanging with fusible web, to create an original applique masterpiece in just a few hours. Choose a simple pattern or basic shapes. Draw a series of hearts or use a child’s colouring book for inspiration, for example, and stitch around the fused pieces to add the quilting.
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Things you need
- Paper-backed fusible web
- Ironing board
- Tape measure
- Quilt batting
- Sewing machine
- Hand sewing needle
- Embellishments (optional)
Make a rough sketch of the quilt design on paper. Focus on simple shapes or use a page from a child’s colouring book for inspiration.
Iron the quilt top background fabric and all the fabrics that will be used for applique. Select which fabrics to use for each piece of the appliqué design.
Draw the simple shapes, or other individual pieces of the design, on the paper side of the fusible web. Remember that the fabric shapes will be mirror images of the drawn shapes and modify the drawings, if necessary. Draw the needed number of duplicates for pieces that repeat.
Cut out the pieces of the design an eighth of an inch outside the drawn lines. Fuse the individual pieces to the wrong side of the fabric chosen for each piece, following the manufacturer instructions. Trim each piece on the drawn lines and peel off the paper.
Cut the quilt top background fabric to the finished size of the quilt plus 1/2 inch both horizontally and vertically, and place the quilt top background fabric right side up on the ironing board. Arrange the fused fabric pieces right side up on the quilted background. Rearrange the pieces until you are satisfied with the overall design.
Fuse the fabric shapes and individual pieces into place, following the manufacturer instructions. Fuse the pieces in layers, bottom to top, where pieces overlap.
Measure across the top of the quilt and cut a piece of ribbon to this measurement. Lay the ribbon on the front of the quilt top with the ribbon ends placed two inches in from each side and even with the raw edge of the quilt top. Pin in place to form a hanging loop.
Iron the quilt backing fabric to remove all wrinkles. Lay the batting on a flat surface with the backing fabric face up on top of the batting.
Lay the quilt top face down on the backing fabric and pin all three layers together. Do not pin through the fused areas and make sure that only the ribbon ends are in the seam line.
Sew around the perimeter of the quilt top with a 1/4-inch seam, leaving a 6 inch opening on one side. Turn the quilt right side out through the opening.
Fold 1/4 inch on each side of the opening to the inside and press the edges of the quilt. Hand stitch the opening closed.
Stitch around the fused shapes to quilt. Add buttons or other embellishments, if desired. Hang the quick quilt wall hanging by the ribbon loop from a hook or nail.
Tips and warnings
- Make a quick quilt wall hanging for each holiday and season.
- Display wall hangings away from windows and out of direct light to prevent fading.
- Vacuum both sides of the quilt periodically to remove dust and keep the fabric bright.
- Always protect quilts from sunlight.
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