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Thread: Wall Hanging for the Mantle

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    Wall Hanging for the Mantle

    Could any of you gals suggest a pattern for a wall hanging ( about 28 inches square) for over my
    daughters fireplace. ? Her living room is basic blues with cream walls. I'd appreciate any ideas what would be
    nice for that.

    Thank you and Thanks for all the great ideas I've gotten from reading the Quilting Board.

    Flo in NNY

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    Without knowing her tastes, one can't really say. I would start with her style and work from there. Is she into traditional, or modern?
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    I'd like a mini bargello for that size. I am starting an uneven log cabin, but I think it needs to bigger than 28" to get the effect.

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    I hadn't thought of a wall hanging over a fireplace. Hmmmmm, I like that idea. Food for thought. Can't help you decide what to make, but bet you have fun figuring it out. I'd invite your daughter's input. That could be lots of fun. I have made quilts for friends, when they picked out the pattern and the fabric. Everyone was happy!

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    That's a nice thought but be careful how close the wall hanging is in relation to the fire ---- We heat our house with a woodstove which is mounted into our fireplace. You have to be very careful about maintaining a certain distance away from the fire with any item that is combustible (burnable).

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    I strongly agree with Mom3. Also, I like including your daughter with the decisions. It should be lots of fun for the two of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keep Them In Stitches View Post
    I strongly agree with Mom3. Also, I like including your daughter with the decisions. It should be lots of fun for the two of you.
    absolutely correct.

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    The star spin seems to be a popular one among the commoners. I have a few of them up in my house and people seem to be drawn to them. I presume because of the unusual shape. Do a search here on QB. There are lots of examples and tuts.

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    Labyrinth Quilt. I made the lap size from the pattern and then reduced the pattern to make a wall size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marybs View Post
    Labyrinth Quilt. I made the lap size from the pattern and then reduced the pattern to make a wall size.
    I really like that one! I am suggesting a carpenter star/wheel using free pattern found on line. by adding borders it can be made any size.
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    I like the carpenter star too. Jennie Doan has a youtube tutorial on a big star quilt. One big star would make a nice wall quilt. I think it turns out about 20 inches or so and looks very quick and easy.

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    I have a Pine Needles rectangle wall hanging above my gas fireplace. Do you enjoy appliqué or piecing the best?

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    The Labyrinth would be really nice. I made one for my Queen bed. It is really a pretty easy quilt to make.

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    I would select a few patterns and get your daughter's imput on the right one.

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    There are so many free wall hanging and table topper patterns on line that could be used. I would select several and go from there.
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    I'm working on Jinny Beyer's Crystal Star large size but they have the 25" pattern too. I saw it at a friend's house over her mantel and I just had to have one too though I don't have a mantel and have never tried paper piecing before. I'm at the point of putting the sections together to finish and it wasn't as difficult as I'd thought it would be. The pattern comes with both sizes and directions if you want to use your own color scheme instead of their 150 colors as on the front of the pattern.

    I'm also a fairly new quilter and if it is easy for me, anyone can do it.

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    any traditional block in her colors would go great. Without knowing her tastes it is difficult to get more specific

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    We started with 2 20" by 28" paintings, which wasn't large enough. I was originally thinking macrame (knotted yarns) for mine. Then we saw a 5x7' rug that fits perfectly. It's kind of an Indian Rug design. If I were choosing today, I would probably choose the design that looks like hanging square in a squares.

    For your daughter, it depends on what her tastes are. Based on our experience, try hanging just a piece of fabric there to be sure that 28" square would be large enough. Then probably a single block done in colors that would complement her decor. I like all of the suggestions so far -- bargello, carpenter's wheel, Labyrinth, Crystal Star,

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalisa View Post
    The star spin seems to be a popular one among the commoners.
    "Commoners"???

    I made a miniature diamond log cabin that hangs above my fireplace at times. It gets lots of compliments.

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    McKenna Ryan's Pine Needles Wildflower patterns make a stunning quilt. I made 2 of them for friends and they have received many complements on them. You can customize the backgrounds and borders to blend with her decor. These patterns are fusible web applique and are somewhat time consuming, but well worth the effort.

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    I have thought of doing a wall hanging quilt for above my fireplace, but my concern is that occassionally we have had smoke drift up from the fireplace and I don't know how dirty the quilt would get. Would that be a problem? I guess I could just wash it periodically, right?

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    Labyrinth wall hanging

    Quote Originally Posted by marybs View Post
    Labyrinth Quilt. I made the lap size from the pattern and then reduced the pattern to make a wall size.
    This really fills the space we need. For you that worry about the fire: there will be none as our son in law is ashmatic.
    So this is a smoke free house. Thank you for the help. I have learn a lot from the quilting board and all you swell
    ladys that add your advise.

    Flo in NNY

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