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.
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.
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.
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.
I used a small stencil for the center of each star, and it fit perfectly!
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.
The sunflowers were easy enough. Just a little grid in the center circle and a petal shape in each petal was all it took.
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.
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!
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.
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!