Autumn Jubilee Sew Along – Finishing the Wall Hanging

When we left off last Wednesday, the scrappy borders had been done, and next was doing the final quilting and finishing. I found a small piece of coordinating fabric for the back, with enough for binding too, and loaded the little quilt on the longarm. This project is small enough to easily do on a domestic machine, but I need practice with free motion on the longarm.

So, I did a meander around the scrappy blocks with a medium brown thread, then switched to a lighter ecru for the center meander.

I wasn’t really happy with the stitch quality, and I know I need to speed up the machine for this, but that makes me nervous. It wasn’t too bad in the scrappy part, but the ecru section has some laddering of the stitches. I should have loosened the top tension a bit more for the different thread. Ah, well.

Next, I cut the strips for the binding, and also cut two 4-inch squares for hanging. These are folded in half corner to corner and pressed into triangle shapes.

Place the triangles on the top corners, raw edges to raw edges with the folded edge across the middle

Sew the triangles very close to the edge. This is only to stabilize them into place.

Then, when you sew the binding on the top side, the triangles stay in place, and are sewn down again. Once again, I test fit the binding to be sure there are no seams landing on corners.

I like to sew with a seam a bit deeper than 1/4-inch. I just think it looks better.

Turn the binding to the back, and it covers the raw edges of the triangles. I hand stitch the binding as usual.

Putting a small dowel across the back and under the triangles makes an easy way to hang it on the wall.

If you’d rather use it as a table decoration or candle mat, it lays flat.

This is a great project for Mini Charm packs! You could also scale it up using the standard 5-inch square packs, just make your embroidery larger too. Wouldn’t this be sweet with a snowman in the middle and winter prints all around? Or maybe you can embroider a Santa and surround him with Christmas prints. Spring flowers can be surrounded with pastel florals or vibrant moderns. The only limit is your imagination!

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop! They will award one lucky winner a gift certificate for $50 to shop in their online store. And Fat Quarter Shop will ship internationally! Visit FQS for great sales on Notions, Books, Patterns, and Fabric. This month get 20% off the Basic of the Month, Confetti fabrics from Riley Blake. Start your holiday sewing with 30% Off the Books of the Month – Christmas theme books from Its Sew Emma, and the Patterns of the Month, also Christmas theme from Its Sew Emma. See the Precuts of the Week, and don’t forget the daily Flash Sale!

To enter, leave a comment on this post with your choice of the most interesting book or pattern of the month, or a precut of the week you’d like to use on a quick embroidered wall hanging. Then click on the Rafflecopter to enter the drawing.

What’s your favorite new precut collection or other fabric collection?

72 thoughts on “Autumn Jubilee Sew Along – Finishing the Wall Hanging

  1. Rita Scott

    Love your fall wallhanging. I feel also the need to practice more on my free motion quilting. Always intimidated till I get started and tell myself, finished is better than perfect. We are our own worst critic. But everyone else sees it as beautiful thank you for sharing.

  2. Joy Breedlove

    I think that Flowerhouse Jubilee charm pack would be pretty around some embroidered flowers, and I really like the autumn colors in the wall hanging you made. What a nice way to showcase an embroidered piece! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Cathy B.

    What a great little wall hanging – would make a sweet pillow too! I’ve had my eye on the Jingle All the Way book. Need to turn to Christmas stitching soon!

  4. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

    Cute finish, Carole! It looks right at home, hanging above your antique machine. As for FQS, I’m interested in that Jingle All the Way book, also, as Cathy B. mentioned!

  5. Debbie Miller Meyer

    I just love the Gobble Me Up pattern. I love anything Thanksgiving and this turkey is too cool. Love the word thankful at the bottom. Already added it to my cart. A must have for me!!!Thank you for the giveaways!!!

  6. Sheila

    What a pretty little wall hanging or mat! It would have been a lovely addition to my Canadian Thanksgiving table. Perhaps a head start for next year?

    I found several patterns by Aneela Hoey, on the Fat Quarter Shop’s website, that I would love to try. I love making bags and totes, and she is a new-to-me designer. I shall definitely be checking out a couple with vinyl windows!

    1. The wallhanging turned out well. It’s such a nice splash of autumn color in the house. The Stripology books look interesting. I have so man strips that could and should be used.

  7. Debbie Myers

    I like the Peppermint Lane Block of the Month book for a cute Christmas quilt. I love the corner triangles you incorporated into the binding to use for a dowel to hang your little quilt. I’ll have to remember that trick!

  8. Patty Brenner

    Your wall hanging turned out wonderful, and the corner triangles idea looks so easy. The ‘Jingle All The Way Sewing Book’ looks very interesting. I’ve been wanting to stitch up some bowl fillers for the holidays, and this book has some cute ideas.

  9. Love the little wall hanging.
    I like the Lewis & Irene Haunted house bundle in the Fat Quarter Shop Precuts of the Week. It would make a wall hanging as well as a Halloween quilt with those 1/2 yard cuts.

  10. Kathy Harris

    Too cute to spook has been my favorite Halloween precut this year. It really is too cute. I also love the jingle all the way book.

  11. What’s your favorite new precut collection or other fabric collection?
    Essentials Dancing Leaves 40 Karat Gem
    Wilmington Prints
    I love fall colors!
    I appreciate all the work that goes into hosting your Autumn Jubilee each year & the fantastic sponsors! Already looking forward to next year!

  12. Ulrikken

    Blue Dahlia 2.5″ Strips – Paula Barnes for Marcus Fabrics, the colours are wonderful, I imagine a wall-hanging in my dining room…
    I am really happy, that Fat Quarter Shop ships international, so I have a chance as well! Thank you for all your work!

  13. Connie S Wolfe

    Haunted House Half Yard Bundle for me, please. I can see so much versatility and so many ways to use the Autumn Jubilee Wallhanging. Great work, Carole!
    Connie

  14. yoyopattycakeshotmailcom

    The Holiday Wishes quilt book looks interesting. Lori Holt’s Vintage Christmas Book looks fun too! Your little autumn quilt is too cute!

  15. Susan N.

    I love the colors in the Wilmington Prints “Essentials Dancing Leaves 40 Karat Gem” strip pack. They would be good for Fall or Christmas use.

  16. tkstarr117gmailcom

    The pre cut Too cute to Spook would make a great “frame” for an embroidery piece. Thank you for the opportunity to win a prize.

  17. Laura Riley

    The Too Cute to Spook Jelly Roll by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics in the precuts of the week would make a great border around an appliqued pumpkin block. (I don’t have a embroidery machine nor do I do hand embroidery). Love your idea for the wall hanging and doing it for other seasons/holidays.

  18. Sue

    I like the “Chex Mix” quilt pattern. A great fat qtr. and scrappy fabric pattern as well as a cute Christmas/ Winter themed quilt!

  19. Debbie Varney

    Love your wall hanging! I put those triangles in the corners to hang my wall hangings, also. I love the Chex Mix pattern!

  20. lee

    I love this wall hanging! Clever back to hold the dowel for hanging it! I like the Buffalo Check Christmas Runner pattern! It’s by Carried Away Quilting.

  21. Kathy E.

    I didn’t even know FQS had Precuts of the Week! I found a layer cake called Shades of the Season 10″ Squares
    Studio RK for Robert Kaufman Fabrics that would be great worked into a mini for next summer!

  22. Peppermint Bark by It’s Sew Emma looks like a fun pattern that would be adaptable with different colorways. Thanks for offering the giveaway and hosting Autumn Jubilee.

  23. Love your cute mini Autumn wall-hanging. Fat Quarter Shop has many tempting pattern and book titles. My first choice would be Pat Sloan’s Holiday Celebrations book so there would be something special to sew for every season.

  24. I still love that Amaryllis design, and the Seasons precut would make for a nice mix for an Autumn Jubilee project when I finally get there. Your project today gave me an idea for a wall hanging for a friend. I will have to hand embroider it, but it would make for the perfect gift!

  25. Lisa England

    I like the Good Tidings pattern at FQS. The fabric collection that caught my eye is All is Well from Art Gallery Fabrics.

  26. jseccurrtwcnyrrcom

    Welcome Autumn sets the tone for fall and the setting you used for the picture with the sewing machine is darling. The meandering scale is perfect for the size of your wall hanging.

    One of my favorite precuts is Modern Background Even More Paper by Zen Chic for Moda. I am always looking for interesting backgrounds and this collection is rich with unique designs.

  27. Pam S

    I love the finished wall hanging! I didn’t have time to complete one but I have been bookmarking all the instructions. In two years I plan to retire and then I can sew to my heart’s content! My favorite pattern of the month at the Fat Quarter shop is Stellar by Its Sew Emma. I love the way it keeps the eye moving, and I can imagine it in all types of fabrics. Thank you so much for Autumn Jubilee. When I look at my bookmarks (aka retirement plan) on my computer, so many of them are from your blog!

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