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Thread: looking for help with stained glass quilt/wall hanging

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    I would like to make a wall hanging for my church. Every week I sit there looking at a "flag" someone donated to hang behind the minister in the pulpit. We are a tiny church, usually 30 people per week attend.

    We have some gorgeous stained glass windows on the two sides of the church. I would like to make a quilted wall hanging of a replica of the stained glass window. I have pics from a brochure I did a couple of years ago.

    Now, to all my bffs on this forum- HELP!!! Any books you can recommend or websites I should visit? Or- what about your experiences? I've seen some awesome work on here so your insights are much more than I can ever read in a book.

    I was thinking a muslin background to lay it out on. Then cut the pieces and use black 1/4" binding ironed on (I see Clover has it on rolls), making it an applique. Then quilt- how I have no clue, probably send to quilter since I want this to be a "work of art".

    First I'm going to print out the pics and make them big enough to become the pattern and lay them out on the bed in the guest room. And from there...????

    Any ideas or info you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

    Barb

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    I don't have any help or ideas for you....I know big help I am, huh? lol
    I just want to see it finished! :) :) :)

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    Come on terri- you have great ideas! Think I'm getting in too deep?

    I had promised myself I wouldn't get "too involved" in the church again. There was a time I was 3 to 4 times a week with groups and meetings and cleaning and church dinners, etc. I was fried, but I went back, telling myself my true reason for attending did not mean I needed to get involved. But this flag just bugs me, I need to do something to change it.

    At Christmas we have a nice quilted wall hanging I bought a craft show. They raved over it so I know they would like it.

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    Here is one source of information on quilted stained glass:

    http://www.equilters.com/library/qui...ss-quilts.html

    Good luck!!

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    Well I don't know if I will be much help but here goes... I did what you said found a pattern I wanted to do, went to a local printer and blew it up 200%. I had to do it myself, they couldn't do it because of copyrights ( but the patern did say on it to take to a printer and have them blow it up 200% LOL ?) Then I used muslin as the background. I traced the pattern onto the muslin , cut out the fabric and pinned it to the muslin, kind of like putting a puzzle back together. I couldn't find the clover iron on so I just used the 1/4 single fold binding and zig zagged that on. OOppss forgot after I had pinned the fabric to the muslin I made my sandwich, (batting and backing ) so when I attached the binding that was the quilting . Does that help any... There is a book on stained glass quilting .. Stained glass Patchwork Techniques by Gail Lawther.. Good Luck
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    Barb....I don't think you are getting in too deep.
    You'll get it done and everyone will love it!

    Sharon's idea seems pretty easy!

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    Try getting the book Art Glass Quilts by Julie Hirota. She does a Subtractive Applique Technique. I have a few ideas drawn out that I am going to try one day.

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    One thought - since there are a couple ways to do stained glass quilts - how about using a black fabric for the base? If you are using black for your "leading" color, any mistakes, odd fits, and such would visually blend in and be perceived as lead.

    I have only done small stuff with stained glass techniques, but they are fun and look great. I used a double needle and black thread to secure the tape and pieces butted under it.

    I made my pattern by transferring my photo to Paint Shop Pro and increasing edges, then reducing the colors until I had something workable.

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    My first stained glass was my own design, and it did make life a little tricky.

    Similar to applique, you have to start from the "back" of the picture, and work forward, so that ends of one bias strip get tucked under the next one.
    Using iron-on bias is sooooo easy.

    I made my pattern, traced it onto steam-a-seam and cut the seperate pieces out roughly. Iron onto the coloured fabrics you're using and cut out the pieces again but on the lines this time.
    Put the original pattern underneath the calico or muslin on a light box, and place your fabric pieces in the right places and iron on.

    Then you can do the bias bits. Do small sections at a time, keeping in mind where each one will end and what comes next, so you can keep it neat.
    When it comes to sewing the bias, I used a zipper foot so I could get the stitching nice and close to the edge. A friend has used a double needle to get both sides of the bias in a single run, but mine was slightly too wide for that.

    Because of the bias all being sewn, I didn't quilt mine, just spray basted a thin batting, a backing, and bound it.

    The effect is stunning, and well worth doing. :-)




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    That sounds like it will be beautiful. I have never done a stained glass quilt. They intimidate me. I can't wait to see yours.

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    Start by making a pattern of the window. You already have what you need with the leading lines to design . Take a Sharpie marker and make the lines (lead lines) a little larger.Use freezer paper for you original pattern and then for cutting each piece. Number each piece on the original pattern and transfer onto the background piece. This will keep you from putting something in the wrong place. Use a full cut of black for the background. Then cut individual pieces(different colors) for the glass. Use wonder under for attaching pieces. Layer backing, batting and background. Sew around each piece with clear thread. This doesn't have to be done, but then quilt inside each piece with matching colors. Square up and bind.

    I have used this method and have some beautiful wall hangings. It does require some work, but boy the results .....WOW.

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    I have done stained glass several ways but the way I think would be easier is as follows: Like you said, take a photo and enlarge it to the size you would like. Buy fusible stabilizer/interfacing; trace the pieces on freezer paper and iron on the fabric pieces; cut out and place. After you have a few placed where you want them, iron them on.

    I use the iron on tape sewn with a double needle in black. Watch how you do this. Start with the background first and work to the front.

    With sewing on the tape, this will also quilt it for you. Can't wait to see the finished projec.

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    As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I thought you might like a picture of the process that I used.
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    That's gorgeous!

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    those pics are sooo cool!!! I hope my project turns out half as well. I have pics now, off to LQS this week end to start getting some colors. I have some of them but I want to get them all together before I start cuytting it out.

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    Barb,
    Sounds like you have a wonderful idea.
    If you want it to look like reverse applique, you can take a piece of black fabric, cut each piece out and fuse it in place on the black fabric, then take the sewing machine and clear thread and do the pin stitch around each piece. This is much quicker than doing the bias stripes and it looks really good. You will need to make a pattern from your picture, then make cutting template for each piece and a placement template.

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    Barbm, I can't wait to see your quilt...hurry...hurry... :D :D :D
    BlueChicken and Dkm I really like your stained glass quilts :D :D :D

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