Geometric Quilt Wall Hanging

21 March

Disclosure: As a sponsored blogger for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Jo-Ann has provided me with a booklet of spring trend inspiration and a gift card to purchase crafting supplies to develop the craft discussed in this post. 

March is National Craft Month!  To celebrate, the Jo-Ann folks sent me a spring trend inspiration booklet and asked me to develop a craft that incorporated one of these spring trends: radiant orchid, nautical, florals, and geometric.  I opted for radiant orchid and geometric, making a quilt wall hanging.  That’s my state capitol on the front – Boise Idaho!  By the way, it’s BOY-SEE, not BOY-ZEE 🙂

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Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

To make your own 12.5″ wall hanging, gather some supplies: sixteen 5″ fabric squares, 16.5″ square of quilt batting, 20.5″ square of quilt backing fabric, 2.5″ wide quilt binding, 8.5″ x 11″ freezer paper sheet, white cotton fabric slightly larger than the freezer paper sheet, quilt basting spray, stabilizer, washable glue stick, ruler, marking pens, scissors, rotary cutter & mat, thread, and your sewing machine.  You’ll also need a photo, an inkjet printer, and a way to convert the photo to a line drawing (I use a handy iPhone app called Camera 4 Line Art – it’s free).

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

First, pair up the 5″ fabric squares, placing the lighter one on top.  Using a 1/2″ ruler, mark two diagonal lines from corner to corner, and sew on each of these lines.   I used a size 12 Sharp sewing machine needle.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Then make four cuts: the first two in a cross manner, and the last two in the middle of the drawn diagonal lines.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

You’ve just made eight HSTs (half-square triangles)!  Do this for each of the square pairs.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Press the seams open and trim each HST to equal 2″ square.  Trimming is a necessary step if you want your points to match up accurately later on.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

To make the small block units, pin four HSTs together into two pairs, aligning the seams.  Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance and press seams open.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Pin the resulting two units together, aligning the points.  Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance and press seams open.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Do this for all of your HST units.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Continue pinning, stitching, and pressing to make four quarter units…

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

…and stitch those together to make the quilt top.  Give it a good press.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Trim the quilt top to be square.  A 12.5″ square ruler is really handy for this.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Now on to the white line drawing overlay.  We want to print on the white cotton fabric, using an inkjet printer.  A sheet of freezer paper is the key!  Place the shiny side up on your ironing board, layer the white cotton fabric on top, and press with a hot dry iron.  Pay particular attention to the corners.  Then trim the fabric sides to be flush with the freezer paper.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Now for a picture.  Be sure to use a copyright-free image.  I opted for a picture I took of the Capitol building in Boise.  I saved it to my iPhone camera roll, opened up the Camera 4 Line Art app, followed the directions, and POW!  A super-cool line drawing that I printed onto the prepped white fabric.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Peel the freezer paper off the back side.  Before we stitch it to our patchwork panel, it needs a little bit more oomph.  Apply stabilizer to the back side, adding support during machine stitching and preventing the patchwork from showing through the white fabric.  Pellon Stick-N-Tear works great for this – just follow the package directions to apply to the fabric.  It’s basically peel and stick.  Easy.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Position the overlay on top of the patchwork panel, wherever you think looks good.  Use a washable glue stick to temporarily set it in place.  I just used a few light strokes here and there.  Then heat set with a hot dry iron.  Stitch onto the patchwork panel, outlining the line drawing.  No need for precision here – it really looks good no matter what.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Trim about 1/8″ from the stitching lines, then flip it over and trim off any overlapping white fabric.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Now to prep for quilting.  Assemble the quilt sandwich layers (backing, batting, patchwork panel) and baste together.  I used 505 quilt basting spray.  Using a water-soluble marker, draw a line on the patchwork panel 1/4″ from the edges.  Any quilting stitches outside this line will not be visible.  Mark your quilting design, if desired.  I opted to use some pins to help me determine my quilting design, then I marked the quilt top with a air-soluble marker.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Then have fun machine quilting!  I switched to a walking foot on my sewing machine and a size 14 Quilting sewing machine needle.  Also, I used the same thread throughout this project – Aurifil 50wt in a dark gray.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

The last step is binding.  I used this binding tutorial by Lori Holt.

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

Yessssss.  I love it.  I definitely felt some #craftmonthlove making this!

Geometric Quilted Wall Hanging by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #craftmonthlove

How about you?  Are you feeling some #craftmonthlove?  Treat yourself!

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