You may remember this giant owl quilt I posted about a couple of weeks ago that I had made for a friend’s baby? Well after I made it, I was showing pictures to someone at work and they asked if I would make them a mini-version to use as a wall hanging for a baby’s room. My initial reaction was to say (aw hell) no because I didn’t even know where to start with something like that, but then I just decided to wing it. I mean who doesn’t love a good challenge every so often?
Here’s a visual of the quilt mentioned above. That’s me holding it and I’m about 5’4″, so the thing really is a beast. (I talk about it in the previous post, but the quilt pattern was very easy to follow. It was also very time consuming, but definitely a quilt project worth tackling. The Simplicity pattern I used isn’t a free quilt pattern option, but I got it at Joann’s when they were having a .99 cent sale.)
After mulling my options over of how to make a 6′ tall quilt into a 12″ tall wall hanging, I ended up deciding to print a photo of the big quilt I made to use as a sewing pattern for the wall hanging. I printed the photo to be the size I needed and then cut out each piece and added 1/8″ seam allowance. Then I sewed the pieces together roughly the same way I did with the big quilt. Once all the pieces were sewn together, I sewed the owl down onto the fabric backing.
I printed a second photo of me holding the quilt so I could have a reference while I was working.
This is what the interfaced back looked like after it was all sewn down.
Then I cut all the loose threads and made tiny little 1/8″ snips in the seam allowances. I threw it in the washer and dryer to give it a feathered look, just like the quilt has.
Scissors for scale.
Lastly, I made sure the fabric backing was really straight before securing it in the frame.