Finishing the Dahlia Panel

The Dahlia panel quilt is finished, and now hanging up.  I did the back differently than usual as this wall hanging is too large for the quilt clips I have in the den.  I have a curtain rod with ring clips for hanging quilts in my sewing space, but for this one, I wanted to show you another method that works anywhere.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Start with a large strip of doubled fabric.  This one is 2-1/2-inches wide, with two sewn together so I could use the last bits of the fabric from the backing and binding.  You could use a five-inch strip folded in half.  Make sure the finished or folded edge goes across the quilt body, and all raw edges hang off the sides.  Sew in place with a quarter inch seam.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Make your binding and sew to the front as usual.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

When you get to the corners, sew on top of the previous sewing line.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Trim off the excess even with the quilt edge.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Wrap your binding to the back and secure with pins.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Hand whip as usual.  You only need to whip the binding to the top of the hanging triangle.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Measure the exact length of wooden slat needed, and cut to that length.  Be sure to sand the edges so they don’t tear the quilt.  Add hangers close to the triangles on both ends.  Now the quilt can be hung on the wall with just two small nails.  This is ideal when quilts are being done for charity, as my next one will be.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Quilt completed.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

You can see the previous posts on this project with these links – Dahlia Quilt Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

The next one is on the quilting frame now, and is in much brighter colors.  I’m trying a new thread on it, and I’ll have that for you soon.

Did you do any sewing this week?

21 thoughts on “Finishing the Dahlia Panel

  1. Linda B

    Nice finish and a great way to hang! I also like using the corners and hanging mini quilts with a dowel rod. Don’t know why hanging sleeves scare me. I just sewed two swifter dusters from a Craft Gosspi post yesterday…was just a great way to recycle flannel sheet material. Now have to wash and dry them…we’ll see if they are as good as the disposable ones! Have hand applique going and three mini quilts to quilt. Feeling very productive here for a change! Ha!

  2. Hi Carole, your Dahlia is beautiful! You must feel proud and relieved to finally see it done! You have worked hard on it! I have been using corner triangles for years. Not for hanging, but as the quilt label. I machine embroider the quilt name, my initials and date, then add it when attaching the binding. As I hate hand sewing, it eliminates that step in attaching the label. LOL I found myself suffering the “dog days of summer” syndrome, listless and no ambition. So, I’ve been working on smaller, quick finish projects to jump start my sewing ambitions again. I’ve made some pillowcases, masks, a decor item for my kitchen, and some smaller Christmas gifts. Yes, Christmas, it is never to early to start thinking about that! I still have three quilts to make for gifts and three right now to quilt and bind. Onward!

  3. I just love your dahlia. I use a traditional hanging sleeve with most things I make, but attach the top edge as I bind so at least one side is sewn down. I have 3 rods in my living room where quilts are hung, two the pole goes thru the sleeve and one uses clips and can expand or reduce, as it is a curtain rod. I like this idea of just using two nails in the wall. Will have to show your pictures to my hubby and employ his wood shop skills. I have more wall hangings that rods at this point, and he is willing to hammer a nail or 2 🙂

  4. Melanie

    Genius, Carole! Have used the corner triangles for small quilts, but never thought of doing those corners for a larger one and fitting a slat to hang. The quilt turned out beautifully, too.

  5. Joan Sheppard

    100 kinds of gorgeous! Are you going to hang it on the porch for the neighbors to enjoy as well?
    You can hang it at my house!!!! The Quilt store INEEDFABRIC.com has floral panels on sale in 2 sizes and I might just need to take the plunge. Inspirational!
    Genius idea for the quilt hanger! We have a huge one that is 2 pieces of wood, you put the quilt top or sleeve inbetween and screw tight – then hang it back up. Easier said than done.
    Thanks again, j

  6. thedarlingdogwood

    Lovely! I’ve enjoyed seeing your process with this and it turned out gorgeous! I hope you are enjoying it on your wall.

  7. Joan Sheppard

    Just found a book I wanted to share. I’ve ordered it and it is also on Kindle.
    “Step-by-Step Texture Quilting: 65 New Free-Motion & Walking-Foot Designs” by Christina Cameli. I thought it was about puffs and folds, but it’s visual texture and easy to understand.
    Absolutely love your quilt and want to learn how to do this.

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