Hi, It’s Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com to tell you about a fun wall hanging that I made. First, you have to know that this was a complete experiment. And it did take three tries before it worked the way I envisioned. It’s an idea that’s been floating around in my head for a very long time and came from a vacation visit to Waikiki where there were small wall hangings in the elevators of our hotel. Several times a day the wall hangings were changed with a greeting suitable for the time of day.
My goal was to make a small wall hanging as a frame for separate, but completed quilt blocks that could be changed. In this project, the individual blocks from the Winter Bliss Machine Embroidery design set were chosen because they are a perfect way to show off machine embroidery applique for the holiday season. It will be fun to change the quilt block every day. This idea would be great for any season and even for some pieced quilt blocks too. This tutorial includes instructions for making the background wall hanging and for making an embroidered quilt block into a completed block to be used with the wall hanging.
Completed Machine Applique Embroidery Quilt Blocks
Approximately 1-1/2 yards Assorted/Coordinated Fabrics for the wall hanging and binding
Command Strips, Industrial Velcro, Iron on Velcro
Fabric Marker (the wash away blue or air erase purple work well)
For the Machine Embroidery Blocks:
Embroidery Machine and 5” x 7” Embroidery Hoop
Make the Background Block of the Wall Hanging:
1. Cut the shapes for the quilt block.
This chart shows the Shape number from the 6” QUBE and Companion set and the number of shapes to cut from light and dark fabric. This wall hanging was 15 inches finished.
Note: When cutting the chisel shapes, be sure to cut 10 shapes with the chisel on the right and 10 shapes with the chisel on the left. You can do this by folding the fabric with wrong sides together when you cut.
The image on the right shows the shapes cut on the dies. When both light and dark are cut on a die, one of the light patches has been turned so that you can see that you will have both light and dark on that die. When cutting quarter square triangles, it is easier if you put the light and dark fabric with right sides together when you cut so that the light and dark triangles are already matched and ready to stitch.
2. Assemble the quilt block. The chisels, half square triangles and quarter square triangles are assembled as shown below. Four corner units are also assembled with each corner unit using a half square triangle, a square, and a chisel. Each corner unit is assembled the same way.
When these units are complete, the quilt block is completed by stitching the units together as
3. Quilt and bind the block as you would quilt and bind any quilt.
This is a great way to practice free motion quilting on your domestic sewing machine. After making two different wall hangings, I found that it was better to quilt the entire block including the center square so that the quilting was even all over. Another tip is that when applying the binding, remember that it should be sewn with a quarter inch seam so that you don’t stitch over the points on your chisels. The next time I make a project like this, I will add a narrow 1-1/2” border around the block so that the points on any triangles are sharp as they should be.
- Quilt and bind the machine embroidery block.
Use the same method that you used for the the background block. It is helpful if the starting block you are using has not been trimmed to exact size as the quilting will take up some of the size in a block. In this project, I quilted and bound two different embroidery blocks. On the first block, I simply stitched around each embroidery shape. On the second block, I quilted an overall background around the embroidery shapes. When looking at these, my preference is for the overall background around the embroidery shapes.
- Complete the project by attaching the Velcro wall fasteners.
One of the challenges in making a wall hanging is to have the flexibility to hang it anywhere you like. With this project, I came up with a method that allows me to hang my work on any wall that I choose without scarring the wall with a nail. This was done by using industrial Velcro, iron on Velcro, and Command strips. This is definitely not a method that is secure enough for hanging heavy framed art on your wall, but it works really well for quilted wall hangings.
It was an internal debate for me as to whether to apply iron on Velcro to my quilt blocks. But after much thought, I decided that I would much prefer to enjoy these beautiful blocks by making them in a way that would get them up on the wall rather than in an unfinished stack waiting to apply buttons and buttonholes, or snaps, or ribbons.
TIP: DO NOT USE YOUR GOOD SCISSORS TO CUT VELCRO.
Step 1 is to apply the iron on Velcro to the back and front of the background block. The soft or loop side of the Velcro is applied to the fabric and the rough or hook side of the Velcro will be applied to the wall.
On the background block, iron on Velcro (loop side) will be applied to the two upper corners on the back side of the block.
Step 2 is to apply iron on Velcro loops to the center square of the background block so that the machine embroidery quilt block can be “hung” inside the square. The machine embroidery quilt block is used to determine placement for the iron on Velcro loops.
Step 3 is to apply the iron on loop side of the Velcro to the four corners of the back side of the machine embroidery quilt block.
Step 4 is to apply the Velcro to the Command strip and to apply the Command strip to the wall.
Industrial Velcro loop is cut to fit the Command strip. The protective paper is removed from one side of the Command strip and the industrial Velcro sticky side is applied. You will now have a Command strip with one side which will be applied to the wall and one side that has Velcro loops on it.
Use a level to mark the placement on the wall for the Command strips and apply them to the wall.
Step 5 is to hang your wall hanging and ENJOY your work.