Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How I Hang My Quilts – Part Two

After my previous blog post I have had several questions on preparing my quilts for hanging.  So, I decided to post a follow up to answer and elaborate on the process.

First: The sleeve – depending on size of your quilt and if you are going to show it in a quilt show or just hang it at home, the sleeve size can vary. If you are going to show your quilt in a quilt and/or art show, you need to follow the guidelines of the show. Normally for a large quilt (over 24” wide), your sleeve needs to be 4” deep. If it is a smaller quilt, you will want a 2” deep sleeve.  When preparing your sleeve, remember to allow for your seam allowance when cutting (yes, I have made this mistake).

Second: Attaching the sleeve to your quilt – I hand stitch my sleeve to the back of my quilt coming down about an inch from the top of the quilt. You don’t want it too far down or your quilt will not hang flat and you don’t want it right at the top, because you need to allow a little it of slack in the sleeve to allow for the board or quilt rod when hanging.

Now the fun stuff.

If you are going to show your quilt in an art show and you need to wire your quilt for museum hanging, here are your instructions.

Purchase hanging wire from the hardware store (not monofilament line! Monofilament line will stretch). I was lucky and found covered mirror wire at Home Depot a few weeks ago. This is great, because then you don’t have to cover the cut end of the wire with tape.

Wrap the wire around one of the “D” rings on the board, after you have inserted it into your quilt-hanging sleeve.

Measure out enough wire to go to the other “D” ring, leaving enough room for wrapping and a little bit of slack.

Wrap the wire around the second “D” ring. If you do not have covered mirror wire, tape the ends of your wire so they do not fray and hurt the back of your quilt.

Now, make sure you don’t have too much slack in the wire. I don’t like it to come above the top of the board.

Using your handy dandy staple gun and 1/4” staples, staple two staples on each side of the middle to stabilize the wire. You don’t want your quilt going wonky during the art show or on the wall at home.

Ta Da! You are done!

Happy Creating, Jules

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The To-Do List and How I Hang My Quilts

Do you make To-Do Lists? Do they help you keep organized and on track? Me? I’m a list maker. Now and when I worked in the business/banking/finance world. So many things get thrown at me during the day, it is how I manage to stay on track and prioritize.

When I worked in the business world, I used the “Task” function on my calendar to help me keep track of when reports were due and other tasks.  Today I keep track of things that need to be done around the house and in the Studio on paper and with the “Reminders” and “Notes” apps on my iPhone. I especially like the “Reminders” app for when I have things to do outside the house.

This past week and I had several things to get done and decided to write them down. I like seeing the piece of paper and where I am on my tasks and the accomplishment of getting things done. And I got so much done that day! I felt great and was ready for the next day. Then I awoke with a migraine that had me in bed all day long. L

One of the things on my list this weekend has been to hang make the boards I use for my quilts and get Reflections in the Sea hung in the hallway. While I was doing this I thought I would do a tutorial so you can see how I do this. It is a great way to hang quilts at home and at certain gallery showings. I am a member of the Dallas Area FiberArtists and we have our annual show at ThePoint, at C. C. Young in Dallas. This hanging method works great with their system.

First I go to the local hardware store and purchase a piece of word ¼” thick and 4” wide. The length varies depending on the width of my quilt. At Home Depot and Lowes have pre-cuts and they will make a few cuts for free, so I had measured what I needed before I went and had them cut the wood for me.

When I got home I got out the hangers I had purchased at Hobby Lobby and measured where I needed to screw them in. I place them towards the top of the board so the quilt will hang as close to the wall as possible.  

Now you will notice in the pictures I used one of the gripper pads under the board so the board doesn’t slip while screwing the board in. Very helpful, you don’t want to be fighting the board while you are trying to get the screw and screwdriver to cooperate.

After I screw the hangers in, my husband use to snip off the sharp end and grind it down on the grinder, so it wouldn’t mare the quilt. Well, my sweet friend, Lu Peters, came up with an easier idea of using the felt feet we buy for the bottom of chairs and placing them on the back of the screw. How easy is that!

Now, you will notice on my boards, I have written the name of the quilt. I make sure to write this with a Sharpie on the back of the board. You won’t want it showing through the front or heaven forbid, bleeding into the quilt if water hits it. I have so many quilts, writing the name on the board helps when they are at a show or when you are moving. This made it so much easier when we moved last year and I was hanging the quilts in the house.

Here is Reflections in the Sea hung in my hallway.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Bookmark it so you can come back to it any time and pass it on to your friends!



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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Angel of Mercy Quilt Process

Well, I mentioned a few months ago that I am working on balance. Seems the blog is the one thing that falls off the plate when it gets too much on it. I can’t believe it has been 4 months since I have posted. Honestly, I am going to try harder to post about my work, especially now that I am spending more in the studio.

We are still madly in love with our little Oreo. He is bringing us such joy!

In the past few months I have been able to complete several projects and start a few more. The one main accomplishment is the Angel of Mercy quilt. This project started over 4 years ago. Delays with it range from Jeff’s Alzheimer’s disease, to packing, moving and unpacking, playing with grandchildren, starting more projects, and just needing to be in the right mood to finish quilting it. This isn't the best picture of the completed quilt. I had a hard time with lighting in my studio. Professional pictures will be taken next month.

After completing all of the thread painting in October, it took me until December to start the quilting. For me, quilting is personal and I really have to have a conversation with the quilt on how it wants to be quilted and with what threads. I knew I wanted to use silk thread, but which one? So I auditioned several on sample pieces and picked YLI White Silk #100. Lucky for me, the quilt store down the highway carries this thread. I ran out twice while I was quilting.

In July 2013 I made my first post regarding this quilt. It was first named “Down the Drain”, because the design originally came from dye powder in my dye sink. When my daughter looked at the quilt she told me to turn it sideways, because it is an angel. Agreed! Now, one of my grand-girls tells me it is not an angel, it is a horse. It’s an Angel.

Anyway, the post from July 2013 made me chuckle.

Angel of Mercy Process:

Original design came from dye in my dye sink. I had tested out either a black dye to see what colors might come out of it with ice dyeing. Loved the colors and the design, so I took a picture and started my creative thinking.

All hand dyed cotton and silk organza were used for this quilt.  I faithfully fused with Misty Fuse®. Thread painting was with silk and poly threads. I love quilting with silk and the smooth texture it gives.

I learned from a SAQA meeting I attended a few years ago to keep a journal of my quilt designs with pictures and notes of the process. This has become very helpful, especially with these long-term projects and moving. I was able to go back and pick up the correct threads, needles and where I was in the process. It also helped me keep track of the hours I spent on the project. I’ve had people ask me how long it takes to make a quilt, and you all know “It depends on the quilt”. This way I can document and know.

Here are a few pictures of my notes and how I kept track.


It took a few days to quilt, and I love the finished product.

Thanks for taking the journey with me. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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Happy Creating,


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Finding Balance

Lately I have been struggling with finding balance between “Life” and “Studio”. Do you ever have that problem? I have decided to take each day as it comes and be at peace with it, and maybe, just maybe, I will be able to spend a few hours each week in the studio.

Our new little dog, Oreo, is a joy and has become a great encourager for me to go to the Studio. Everyday he runs to the studio and tells me it is time to work. Unfortunately, most days I have to tell him it isn’t time yet. He just loves to sleep at my feet while I am quilting.

He is such a love and tries to help me work on the computer too.

The latest pieces of work to come out of the studio are this versatile piece, “Fall 2016”. The colors remind me of a Fall morning with the changing colors and the left over colors of summer. It can be hung on the wall or lay it on a table as an accent piece. It measures 8”x17.5” and is available in my Etsy shop.

The big project I am working on is a modern quilt. It isn’t a large quilt, but one that can hang on the wall or accent a table. I used the Rising Star pattern for the blue stars and love the way the triangles are quilting.

I’m off to work in the studio and get more quilting done. Enjoy your day and make it a creative one!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dyeing Day with my Grand-girls

This past weekend I had a great time with two of my grand-girls. One of the first things they wanted to do (besides play with our new dog) was to dye shirts for themselves, one for mom and a onesie for their new brother. And I couldn't resist and dyed one for me too.

We showed them different styles of dyeing and the Shibori techniques that I have been experimenting with. Sadie wanted her shirt wrapped on the PVC pipe and purple dye. Shelby wanted her shirt and mommy's to have rubber bands and navy dye. I wanted the same as Shelby and navy dye too. They decided to do binder clips on the onesie for brother, and since we had a vat of navy dye going, we threw his in.

When our daughter picked up the girls on Sunday we went to lunch and celebrated our freshly dyed shirts. Everyone was thrilled with the outcome.

And I can't forget to post about our new little rescue pup. Oreo is 3 years old and the most passive, gentle and well behaved dog I have every met or had. He was surrendered to the Humane Society of North Texas this past week and we were lucky enough to adopt him. I had been keeping my eye out for a Maltese mix, and I think we hit the big time with this little guy. He does need some TLC and heart worm treatments, but hey, he needed a family to love him and we sure do!

Don't forget that September is World Alzheimer's Awareness month. If you are walking with a team this month for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, give me shout out and let me know! If you would like to donate to a team, please find your local walk and donate to one of the team. Or, you can donate to team Rushing for the Cure, and I will be very grateful for your support.

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