Summer Fun Wall Hanging is quilted and bound

Just in time for the last days of summer, my Summer Fun Wall Hanging is all quilted and bound.  You can find the free pattern and tutorials on my Summer Fun Quilt Along Page.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

I’m going to give you lots of photos of the quilting I did.  I’ve heard from some of you that are still looking for ideas on how to quilt this, so here you go!  The very first thing I did was “stitch in the ditch” along the main seams.  Then I added  lots of free motion quilting using my domestic sewing machine (Bernina 770) to each row and block.

My favorite section is the background of the letters.  I had a little inspiration from one of my blog readers to add the flowers peaking out from the letters.  I already had the splash shapes in mind.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

The butterfly was also fun to quilt.  I waited until the end to quilt it because nothing was coming to me.  I guess if you wait long enough, an idea will form – and it did!  I did a simple curly-q in the bottom wings and feathers in the upper wings.  I added circles or “pearls” to the narrow border.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

The plain row of white fabric started out as a wave motif.  It looked a little wimpy after I was done quilting it, so I echoed the waves and added a tear drop along the top and bottom.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.
Wave quilting before
This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.
Wave quilting after

 

I used a small stencil for the center of each star, and it fit perfectly!

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

The wave blocks were the hardest for me in terms of ideas to quilt.  I’m not super excited about them, but that’s how it goes.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

The sunflowers were easy enough.  Just a little grid in the center circle and a petal shape in each petal was all it took.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

I added a hanging sleeve and was lucky in the sizing of it.  I cut it 6 3/4″ wide and slightly narrower than the width of the quilt.  I folded it in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and basted the raw edges to the top of the quilt (after quilting, but before the binding).  The bottom, folded edge of the hanging sleeve landed just below the seam of the checkerboard row.  I was able to stitch in the ditch of the that row (again) and stitch the hanging sleeve in place at the same time.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

I love using striped fabric for binding.  I found this one in my stash and it’s just right for this quilt.  I used my all-machine binding method to attach the binding.  Quick and easy!

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

The last thing I’m going to do (attempt really) is to block this quilt.  It doesn’t lay flat and you can see the ripples along the edges when it’s hanging.  I think this is from the quilting, and I’ve heard that you can block a quilt to get it perfectly flat.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

That’s my latest finish!  Doesn’t it feel good to get a project done so you can move on to the next one?  Or should I say the next ten?  Ha!  Have a great weekend!

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45 thoughts on “Summer Fun Wall Hanging is quilted and bound

  1. Julie, your quilting is just gorgeous! Do you use a stitch regulator? I think the quilting around the waves are really nice, gives it some movement. I will be curious as to how you will block this. I remember Janet Stone writing about blocking her quilt when she had the BOM on the Quilt Show. I am hoping you will have a tutorial someday about your experience with quilt rulers. I am interested in buying some but don’t know if I can actually do it. I remember you were using them on another quilt. Thank you for all these wonderful pictures.

  2. Adorable! This is so bright and cheery! I love quilts like this and the quilting is fantastic. It is so nice to see designs for quilting.

  3. Your quilting is fantastic! I always have a very hard time figuring out what to quilt, so I can appreciate the struggle you had. But, your finish is great. I will be intersted in how you block this – I’m curious about quilt blocking, but I don’t know anything about it. Please keep us posted.

  4. This design is so cute. Your quilting is awesome. I keep staring at the pictures in great admiration. Hoping to finish mine and hang it in the entry way. Will there be another season? Would be so fun to change them out each season. Thank you for sharing your work.

  5. Julie,
    You are so smart and creative! I DID stitch in the ditch, but was intimidated to go further for fear I’d have to pick it out. Maybe I will try some hand quilting. Anyway the project was fun!

  6. Wow! I just love the quilting you did. I have only stitched in the ditch and made some straight lines when I quilted a little table runner. I love the way you quilted it Pat. It really pops! My daughter just loved mine and when I do quilt it, I will give it to her. I also appreciate your idea to make a sleeve to hang it. (and to bind it!). Thank you Pat. You did a fabulous job and I learned a lot quilting a long with you in the Summer Fun quilt.

    1. oops! I meant to say Thank you Julie instead of Pat. I also am following Pat Sloan’s quilt a long for Christmas. Anyway, Julie your quilt is awesome and so are your instructions. I loved our Summer Fun Quilt!

  7. An abolutely beautiful quilt. The quilting deserves high praise indleed for all the work and creativity you put into itI would really like to know more about ‘blocking the quilt’ to flatten the edges. I have this happened to me recently but no one can tell me how to fix. Thx bevrem@aol.com

  8. Magnificent! The quilting is also terrific, I wonder if it’s continuous or if you cut thread often, I suppose so. Very inspiring, thanks for sharing

  9. I think it’s quite lovely!!! And I know what you mean by “that’s how it goes”; it’s happened to me too. Do you quilt on a longarm or a standard machine? How do you keep your motifs so equal in size – do you mark segments on your quilt first? I’ve only been quilting for a couple of years and my FMQ isn’t really that good yet, but I keep practicing. I’d be most grateful for your answers. I’ve also had that rippling effect on occasion too. I don’t prewash my fabrics so when I do wash a finished quilt the ripple sometimes shrinks out a bit and I like the “pebbly” feeling that the little bit of shrinking causes. But that’s just me; everybody’s different.

  10. This is very timely for me, as just a few days ago I finished my top…for the second time…I wanted to make it a bit larger so I could donate it to a group that asks the quilts br 36″ square. Now I have some ideas to get it quilted – great ideas, by the way! Your quilting is awesome!

  11. well your summer quilt is wonderful and will look great on the wall. Yep have saved all it all, maybe next year will get to it, thanks for sharing and thanks for all the other stuff you share with us out here in quilting land.
    Happy days
    Hugs G

  12. Your quilting is awesome! This was such a fun quilt to make! I entered mine in our county fair and won second place in the wallhanging division! ☺️ Thanks again for the great pattern!

  13. Absolutely LOVE your quilting! Your finished quilt is very inspiring. I’m still working on my autumn version, and loving it. Thank you for all your inspiring blogs and tutorials.

  14. Julie, I missed the boat on this fabulous quilt but I saved the instructions. Yours is fantastic!!! What a great pattern and the quilting is amazing!

  15. Julie, that is beautiful! Mine is basted together now and I hope to get it quilted to hang next summer. That gives me a little time!

  16. How cute! Your quilting is so interesting. I love the motifs that look like splashes of water. Your hanging sleeve method is brilliant. I often sew the hanging sleeve on before I bind the quilt, but never considered sewing the bottom in the ditch of a seam.

  17. Beautiful,! You are so talented, I coudnt made mine, because I’m being sick, but have plans for next summer. Thanks for sharing , love your site. Happy Fall to you and yours. Mattie

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