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    I've decided that I'm going to try the Fast Finish Triangles for a gift wallhanging. I have not used the method (or any sleeve method, in fact) before. The measurements, however, seem out of scale for my quilt. The top is roughly 27" which would take a 9"x9" square. When I did a test run the triangle seems huge. There seems to be alot of wasted fabric there.

    I plan to use only two at the top of the quilt.

    Do the triangles really need to be that size. Isn't it the dowel that is running the length of the top giving it the support? Or do those triangles give support as well? It seems to me that they are just holding the dowel in place?

    Does anyone have experience with different sizes of triangles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFQSinc
    I've decided that I'm going to try the Fast Finish Triangles for a gift wallhanging. I have not used the method (or any sleeve method, in fact) before. The measurements, however, seem out of scale for my quilt. The top is roughly 27" which would take a 9"x9" square. When I did a test run the triangle seems huge. There seems to be alot of wasted fabric there.

    I plan to use only two at the top of the quilt.

    Do the triangles really need to be that size. Isn't it the dowel that is running the length of the top giving it the support? Or do those triangles give support as well? It seems to me that they are just holding the dowel in place?

    Does anyone have experience with different sizes of triangles?
    I wouldn't use squares that large, I tend to use a 4in square with a 1/4 in dowel, and if it was a heavier wall hanging that needed a 3/8 in dowel, perhaps a 5in square.

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    I usually use a 5x5 square folded in half once. Do be sure to put them at the bottom too or you'll run the risk of the bottom curling up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    I usually use a 5x5 square folded in half once. Do be sure to put them at the bottom too or you'll run the risk of the bottom curling up
    What causes the curling at the bottom? I was originally thinking that it would be nice hanging on a rod with clips (I was planning on giving her some padded clips). Would a quilt that is hanging from a rod curl at the bottom as well?

    Can you tell I have 0 experience with hanging quilts? :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFQSinc
    I've decided that I'm going to try the Fast Finish Triangles for a gift wallhanging. I have not used the method (or any sleeve method, in fact) before. The measurements, however, seem out of scale for my quilt. The top is roughly 27" which would take a 9"x9" square. When I did a test run the triangle seems huge. There seems to be alot of wasted fabric there.

    I plan to use only two at the top of the quilt.

    Do the triangles really need to be that size. Isn't it the dowel that is running the length of the top giving it the support? Or do those triangles give support as well? It seems to me that they are just holding the dowel in place?

    Does anyone have experience with different sizes of triangles?
    For a quilt that size I'd do a full tube. They're really not that hard to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I wouldn't use squares that large, I tend to use a 4in square with a 1/4 in dowel, and if it was a heavier wall hanging that needed a 3/8 in dowel, perhaps a 5in square.
    Thanks for this. I think 4 or 5 inch squares sound more reasonable. I think the orginal measurement works better for the smaller quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    For a quilt that size I'd do a full tube. They're really not that hard to do.
    I know that I am way overthinking this issue. I just feel that if I do a regular sleeve then she will think that she has to hang it on a rod. Whereas if I use the triangles she can hang it from a nail and have it 'floating' so to speak or she can use clips and a rod. I'm not sure if that even makes sense.

    This is for my SIL and she is VERY persnickety. My idea was that she could hang this in her sewing studio (when she gets it set up) and she can interchange it with samples that she might be teaching or other decorative things.

    When quilts hang from rods do they still curl at the bottom? What stops them from curling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFQSinc
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    For a quilt that size I'd do a full tube. They're really not that hard to do.
    I know that I am way overthinking this issue. I just feel that if I do a regular sleeve then she will think that she has to hang it on a rod. Whereas if I use the triangles she can hang it from a nail and have it 'floating' so to speak or she can use clips and a rod. I'm not sure if that even makes sense.

    This is for my SIL and she is VERY persnickety. My idea was that she could hang this in her sewing studio (when she gets it set up) and she can interchange it with samples that she might be teaching or other decorative things.

    When quilts hang from rods do they still curl at the bottom? What stops them from curling?
    Oh okay, I understand persnickety SIL! For that size I think I'd go ahead and use 8 or 9 inch squares. The side of the triangle along the top edge where the dowel goes will give it a little more support. I've never used a dowel at the bottom of any of my wall hangings no matter how they hang.

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    Normally the quilt will hang flat, but sometimes the quilting and binding may pull the quilt in an odd direction making it curl or wave. You can put a couple of small triangles & a dowel in the bottom, or use some drapery weights. Larger quilts seem to hang better because of their weight.

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    I usually make and hang mini quilts, typically no bigger than 14" square. Sometimes if the binding decides it wants to a small bend happens. I think that it depends on the dowel size too. I like a thinner one for the minis, but the larger quilts I've hung I use a 1/2 or 3/8 inch dowel and I've never had a problem.

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