TIP: Hanging My Mini’s

I was talking with a reader who asked me how I hung my mini quilts using Command picture strips. I snapped a couple of pics and sent them to her. It occurred to me that someone else might like to see those pics, so I’m sharing them with you today.

What I do is not groundbreaking or even terribly exciting, but it works for me. 🙂

Here’s what they look like in the package (this is a mostly used package…)

Command Picture Hanging Strips

See the Velcro-like texture on the strips? That is what holds them together – they actually ‘snap’ together.

Command Picture Hanging StripsThe back of both these pieces are sticky. One will stick to the back of my quilt and the other will stick to the wall.

I snap the two pieces together like so:

Command Strips for hanging quilts….then peel the paper off one side and stick it to my quilt back. Give it some good pressure with your hand for about a minute.

Put one set in each corner. I’ve never used these on anything bigger than about 20″ square so I don’t know how big a quilt they will hold up. The package says they will hold up to 9 pounds, so that’s a pretty heavy wall quilt. If I used them on anything bigger than 20″, I would put a set in the middle along the top of the quilt and in the bottom two corners.

After you have all the sets in place on your quilt, just peel the backing off the strip, and stick the quilt to your wall. (By snapping both pieces together and attaching to the quilt first, you can be sure the pieces will line up when you stick them to the wall.)

Voila! Quilt hung, and can easily be removed.

Hanging a mini quiltAs you can see, some of the walls in my house are textured and they work on those walls as well.

I have used these strips on my mini’s for a couple of years and I haven’t had any issues with my quilts coming off the wall, or with the stickiness of the strip damaging my quilts.

However, if that is something you are concerned with I would definitely recommend hanging your quilts in a different way.

Have a great Wednesday! 🙂 Linking up with Let’s Bee Social

How I Hang Mini Quilts

 

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MCM #36 – Rocking My World!

Well, not exactly rocking….pebbling is more like it. But a title that reads “Pebbling My World” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Did you read yesterday’s post about some of the fabric I added to my collection last week? If you did, then you already know that that fabric is a major part of my own crush for Main Crush Monday. If not, go check it out! But beware – it may cause you to want to do some shopping of your own. 🙂

In addition to all that fun, I’ve been quilting on the grunge quilt. It’s slow going, mostly because I only get to work on it in small chunks of time, but I absolutely love the way it looks. The new pattern has areas of negative space that just begs to be quilted. For reasons that will become clear when the pattern is released, I decided to quilt those spaces with pebbles. Here’s a pic:

FMQ Pebbles in Negative Space

Don’t you just want to pet that beautiful texture??

I am using Superior’s Mono Poly thread in clear. I want those pebbles (I’m calling them bubbles 😉 ) to have a sheen to them and this thread is the perfect choice. See how it catches the light?

Superior Mono Poly threadBetween this quilt and my new fabric, I have a LOT to crush on this week!

Let’s check in on some of the crushes from last week.

First, Mardi of Quilting Solutions shared a link to a YouTube video that shows how to achieve show quality binding. I watched the video and, while I wouldn’t use this method on all my quilts, I definitely will try it for any quilt I plan on entering into a show. It is an interesting video and I invite you to visit Mardi’s blog for the link. I think this method will be very useful!

Tracy of This and That from One Twenty Seven made quilts for Mothers / Fathers Day, for a total of four quilts. I love the way she took pictures of her quilts on an old bridge, and the story behind the quilts is so sweet.

Photo by Tracy of This and That from One Twenty Seven

Photo by Tracy of This and That from One Twenty Seven

Have you been following along with Karen of Tu-Na Quilts as she’s traveled her way through 73(!) quilt shops in two weeks? If not, check out her blog. She has shared some fun stories along the way, and brought home lots of loot!

Now it’s your turn! I would love for you to share what you are working on this week, new fabric you’ve acquired, or anything else you are crushing on. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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Adding to the Stash

Remember forever ago (so long in fact that I couldn’t even find the post) when I said I wasn’t calling my fabric a stash, but a collection? Somehow I thought that would make me feel better about all the fabric I have. Duh….

It’s time to call it what it is…..a STASH!

This year I quietly told myself I would use more of the fabric I already have and only buy for specific projects and backings.

I’m gonna tell you right now – total fail. I was doing okay, but not great. Then last week I was given the opportunity to visit some amazing quilt shops and I slid down the slippery slope. Fast!

So now I’m going to stop talking and let you see all the goodies.

Whitewashed Cottage

Essentials Cookie Dough (Top) and Whitewashed Cottage (Bottom)

Don’t you love that name “Cookie Dough”? Who could resist?? What you can’t see is the polka dot piece folded inside the piece of cookie dough fabric. I didn’t even realize until I was putting these away. See, even the shop owner is trying to hide how much fabric I bought!

Coastal Houses fabric

Coastal Houses – The Henley Studio – Makower UK

The print of these coastal houses is actually a bit lighter than it shows in the pic. It’s a wonderful low volume piece that I have NO plans for, but couldn’t resist.

Dark Matter Andover

Dark Matter – Andover Fabric

This piece excites me so much I bought 2 yards of it. I love those bits of chartreuse that pop with those navy specks and can’t wait to find the perfect project for this fabric. (The shop owner commented that people are loving this fabric and he doesn’t understand why. He said it just looks like a used paint drop cloth to him. LOL)

Sundrops Fat Quarter

Sundrops by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics

It took me all of two minutes to snag this fat quarter bundle of Sundrops. I walked by the display and before I knew it I was at the counter with my credit card at the ready. Maybe I was afraid someone would take it from me??

While on my shopping trip I also purchased 3 wide backings, a few smaller pieces of low volume fabrics, some really cool looking feedsack prints, and ribbons for almost nothing. Pictures of those will come later, as well as the story behind my trip. There’s just too much for this post.

But I can’t stop until I show you these next two bundles. Apparently shopping in person wasn’t enough. I also had to do some late night clicking and these two bundles arrived yesterday from Craftsy.

Sherwood Fat Quarter Bundle

Sherwood Fat Quarter Bundle – Andover Fabrics

I love all the little animals in these prints. No plan for them yet, but something will come up, right?

Moonglow Fat Quarter Bundle

Moonglow Fat Quarter Bundle – Andover Fabrics

And last but not least, a low volume bundle – something I really need to add to my collection. I have very few low volume pieces, and I have a plan for a few of these.

Both these bundles totaled less than $20. That’s 16 fat quarters for $19. Delivered to my door. If you need to add to your own stash, you’ll find some great deals – just click on over to Craftsy and start shopping! (Yes, I’m an enabler!!)

Linking up to Molli Sparkles – go see the goodies others have added to their own stash!

I hope to see you back here tomorrow for Main Crush Monday. You can already see what I’m crushing on! 🙂

 

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When Wrong is Right

Today I’m talking about the wrong and right sides of fabric.

Over the weekend, when I was making the back for my latest quilt, I noticed how pretty the wrong side of the fabric was. You can see both the right side (bottom of pic) and the wrong side (top of pic) in the picture below.

Carolyn Friedlander Architextures for Backing

Right Side and Wrong Side

See how the wrong side has that kind of heather look to it? Here’s a pic of just the wrong side.

Wrong side Carolyn Friedlander ArchitexturesWouldn’t that be so pretty to use? In a quilt, as a backing, in a tote or handbag…the possibilities are endless.

I have flipped fabrics before in other projects; most recently in the mini quilt below (you can read more about the mini quilt here)

Tearful Mini QuiltI used the wrong side of some of the prints in the mini to keep the palette muted. Using the right side would have made those squares more noticeable, and that was not the look I was going for.

I know that many of you have also used the wrong side of fabric to achieve a certain look. The reason for this post is to share this info with any new quilters who may be reading, or with someone who has never tried this before. Don’t feel you must always use the right side – it’s okay to flip your fabric if that is the look you need!

What has been your experience using wrong side fabric?

Linking up with Lorna @ Let’s Bee Social

 

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MCM #35 – Writing, Testing, Editing

Happy Monday! Last week was a productive week in the sewing room and I’m pretty happy about that. I don’t have a lot of pics of my work to show just yet, but they are coming soon.

Friday was what I call “found time.” I had plans for the day that ended up being changed. Since I was planning on being gone all day anyway, I decided to spend the day in my sewing room and block out the rest of the world. I didn’t think about laundry or housework or the garden – I just sewed. ALL DAY! I didn’t let anyone know my plans were changed and I was home; I didn’t even make dinner for hubby. {gasp!} I know, right? We ate sandwiches from Subway so there was no clean-up. It was a pretty glorious day! 🙂

I finished writing the new pattern I’m working on, pieced the quilt top and the back, and am now editing the pattern. The edits should be finished this week. This is always the fun part – making sure the pattern is as close to perfect as it can be and taking the final pictures of the quilt, which will be used on the cover of the pattern.

Yesterday I worked on the back. I really wanted to use this architextures print I had in my stash, but there wasn’t enough of it. (Note to self: Buy more yardage of fabrics to use in backs.)

Carolyn Friedlander Architextures for BackingSo, I used the leftover pieces of the Grunge fat quarter bundle and made a panel for the center of the back.

Basic Grey Grunge Panel

When I put the Grunge and the Architextures together, I was so pleased with the look. It’s going to be a fun back for this quilt.

Today I’ll get the top basted, but I’m not sure I’ll get started on the quilting. It’s paperwork day – do any of you hate paperwork day as much as me?? Bleh! And I’m not even sure how I want to quilt the top, so I’ll have to ponder that. While I’m pondering, let’s check in with all the posts that were linked up last week. Did you get to visit many of them?

Susan of Quilt Fabrication finished this fun baby quilt she calls Licorice Medley. I love those Grunge squares she used in her blocks….we are both thinking grungy thoughts lately! 🙂

Photo by Susan of Quilt Fabrication

Photo by Susan of Quilt Fabrication

Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist is creating an underwater turtle quilt. Just look at the way she is creating the watery background for the turtle. I’m looking forward to seeing this one finished!

Photo by Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist

Photo by Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist

Melanie of 1000 Needles is making progress on her Christmas quilting already! I am so impressed that Melanie publishes her To Do list each week as well as her progress on each project. She accomplishes so much! I’m a list maker myself, but I never publish it. I wonder if I shared my list if that would help me get more done? Hmmm….

Photo by Melanie of 1000 Needles

Photo by Melanie of 1000 Needles

Now it’s your turn to share what you are crushing on for this week’s Main Crush Monday. Your crush can be anything sewing/quilting/fabric related. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic — here’s how:

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