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Stained Glass Window May 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — quiltytherapy @ 5:02 pm

A while back my gma had asked for a wall hanging to replace this old decorative fan she had on her wall.  After going through my stash I found some great material and took it home with me over the holidays.  Christmas day after dinner I sat around with her and starting planning it out.  I designed it and showed her what I had in mind and let her decide the colors that she wanted. 

Bold was her only requirement.  Being that she is 95 years old I would want something that is easy to see as well.  Since the wall hanging was going above her bed, I decided to make it look like a stained glass window. 

Cutting out the material was easy.  The small binding that I was using to outline the squares was another story.  It was 1/4 inch and by the time I was adding it to the blocks, I was working within an 1/8 inch seam.  The layout went well and the quilting was easy.  Once it was done, there were some errors and I learned that:

  • Utilizing the bias tape that can be ironed on a quilt would have been easier than sewing in the 1/8 inch seam allowance. 
  • Measure out how much material will be needed prior to starting the project.  I was using fabric samples so going and getting more wasn’t really an option. 

Overall I enjoyed making my first wall hanging quilt.  My gma loves it and forced my uncle to create a frame around it. 

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