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Thread: I need feedback on a proposed wall hanging

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    I have completed the cutting out of the pieces for the following pattern.
    Crown of Thorns. I am making the queen size. Due to issues (self inflicted) I have enough fabric to make a wall hanging. What I am wanting to do is take the layout that is shown in the picture 70X70 and just do the circles and spikes. No outside squares, borders, etc. I want to finish the edges after quilting with a satin stitch. Do you think this is a workable plan. I'm using fabrics by Island Batiks. Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions, etc.
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    I'd say just start making your blocks and put them up on a design wall. That way, you can see where you are at size-wise. You might even discover a different layout that works for you. That spiky border is awsome though, I really like the whole thing!

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    This is what I want the piece to look like. My concern is will a satin stitch give it a finished look. It will be tacked to a wall not hanging from a dole like you might with a wall hanging. Since I'm not familiar with circular edges I wasn't sure if a satin stitch would work or would there be a better way for edging the piece.
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    If it were me, Id use a narrow binding cut on the bias...

    Since it is going to be a wall hanging, you can use a single bias binding instead of a double fold binding and it will be easier to apply to those round edges


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    that would be my preference, too.

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    I would also do a narrow binding...
    After that much work, finish it well.
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    What if you sewed a backing on - right sides together - all the way around, then clipped the curves & cut a slit in the center back. Then turn it right side out & whip stitch the slit or applique something over it. The edges would all be completely finished & you wouldn't have to ease a binding around all the edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    What if you sewed a backing on - right sides together - all the way around, then clipped the curves & cut a slit in the center back. Then turn it right side out & whip stitch the slit or applique something over it. The edges would all be completely finished & you wouldn't have to ease a binding around all the edges.
    There was a post on "birthing a quilt" where you sewed the backing & batting to the quilt top leaving a section about 6"-8" to turn the quilt...now zyxquilts has given birth to a quilt by C section. :wink:
    Good posts and wonderful tips on finishing curved edges.

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    A satin stitch will give you a finished looking edge. However, that would be quite a challenge given all those curves. Satin stitching looks better when it's in a straight line.

    Unless you are expert at satin stitching around curves and are consistent, I'd practice and practice and practice satin stitching around circles until you're satisfied you can do them "seamlessly."

    I've used satin stitching around curves before and though I'm getting better, I'm not always happy with the finished product.

    Other than that, I would have to agree with the bias binding suggestion. That won't be a picnic either, but you'll get a beautiful finish.

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    Binding seems to be the way to go but I did like the ideal of the right sides together and then turn. Satin stitch is out. This board has done just what I needed. I'm not a expert (probably never will be) but I have a secret weapon the members of this board. I truly appreciate all the help. Keep it coming. Thanks

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    what if you put it on a square or rectangle backing the same as the fabric in between the circles?

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    That is the way the orginal pattern is. I'm wanting it to look more like something "floating on the wall" than a solid shape. Does that make sense? I may not be able to achive my vision but I'll try. Once I get a better ideal of the size and shape I'm hoping I can use the ideal someone had about right sides together and turning.
    I started the process of paper piecing, I'm a little dissapointed with my choice of fabrics, they look good together as full fabrics. I think it will get better as I go along. I was looking for something like a semi-transparent look but that's not what I'm getting, its more like a patchwork but instead of squares its, spikes and circles. I've put too much money and time to let it become a UFO. Not going to happen. I'm attaching the beginning of the circles.
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    It may not look like what you had in mind, but hey are still very very pretty. You are doing a great job....

    Keep going...

    cant wait to see it all done
    Judy

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    I like the idea of sewing a backing & flipping it to the right side. I've made a hexagon shape wallhanging and once I had it quilted...I decided I wanted it to hang firmly. I cut the same shape out of cardboard lay it onto the back of the wallhanging and then took another piece of fabric, laid it over this, turned the edge in " and hand slip stitched it to the back of the wallhanging, I really like the way it hangs. I know it would be a little more complicated with your shape, but I think it is do-able.

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    iT IS A BEAUTIFUL DESIGN FOR THE QUILT AND WALLHANGING. YOU NEED TO CONSIDER HOW THE WALL HANGING WILL 'HANG' WITHOUT RIPPLING.
    HAVE YOU CONSIDERED ROUNDING THE BACKGROUND SO THE PIECE WILL STAND OUT? OR MAKING BORDERS IN A DEEP BLUE, IF THOSE ARE THE COLORS YOU USE. OR JUST TAKE ONE OR A FEW OF THE ARCS TO MAKE YOUR DESIGN.
    MANY IDEAS.

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    You could just go with the center circle and the 4 corners, then add what you want to make it the size you want.

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    I know this is in the wrong topic but it orginated here and I don't know how to move it to pictures. I wanted to show what I thought was ugly and how it is turning into something I will be proud of. I needed all the posts to make the point that first impressions always need a second chance whether it be people, projects, etc. I have really enjoyed working on this, hope to have it finished the first part of next year. I only work on it vacation days and weekends. Like most I have to work a full time job to earn money for my habits which include quiting and eating.
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    I think it will be beautiful any way you make it.

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    That is looking sooooo good.

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    Wow..that is really looking great! I always have to wait for the fabrics to "marry" so to speak. Usually the more you have done, the better they look and it is certainly true here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    What if you sewed a backing on - right sides together - all the way around, then clipped the curves & cut a slit in the center back. Then turn it right side out & whip stitch the slit or applique something over it. The edges would all be completely finished & you wouldn't have to ease a binding around all the edges.
    I like the idea of this - but instead of cutting the slit, you could leave an opening on one of the edges and whip or slipstitch the opening closed after turning it right side out.

    I definitely do not like the idea of the satin stitching on the edges - especially if you want a floating look. I think it would make it look clunky. (You don't have it made yet, so I feel "safe" in saying it now. :-)


    You could maybe rig sort of a "kite frame" for the back and sew pockets on the back for the frame ends and hang it from that.

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    That is going to be beautiful. Keep us posted.

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    Satin stitch is out, that much I know. I did just a satin stitch around a square on a tree skirt. (a class I took) I didn't like doing that at all. I could just imagine trying it on something this big. Ugh!
    The quilt shop lady that helped pick out the fabrics said she would help me with a bias edging. I still like the ideal of what I call the pillowcase method, turning, as well. If anyone comes up any other ideals, I'm open. I still have the bottom half to do.

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    Update on wall hanging. I'm sending it to the quilter's this week, in the mean time I'm making the binding out of a rich purple batik.

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    WOW.. that turned out GREAT... I know you are a proud momma of that one!

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