Friday, September 26, 2014

A New Tutorial - How I mount a wall quilt

A friend had one of my Mom's African quilts mounted on a frame and it looked great so I thought I would try it out myself. This was my first attempt. This quilt measures 9" by 12".

I wrote about how I did this on September 8th.  I wrote "We purchased an artist canvas that was stretched over a frame. The quilt top was ttimmed so that the width and length were each 1/2" larger than the canvas (this extra 1/2" is for the seam allowance. I attached 1 1/2" strip of black fabric to all four sides of the quilt and the the sewing started/stopped 1/4" from the corners; each strip was about 1/2" long than the length/width of the quilt. I pulled the strips to the back and used a staple gun to staple them in place but left the corners loose. At the corners I turned the edges under and with black thread stitched them together. The last step was to staple the corners".

Today I am framing a second wall hanging and will modify the method just a little. I cut the black strips 2" wide and this worked much better and I prepared  the black strips before I stitched them to the quilt. Here is a step-by-step tutorial of how I mounted the quilt on an artist's canvas.

Supply List:
Artist canvas stretched over a wood frame
2" strips of black fabric
Thumb tacks
Black thread
Staple gun
Black permanent marker (optional)

Step 1: Measure the width and length of the canvas. While the packaging may show a particular size it may be slightly off.

Step 2: Trim your wall hanging so that it is a scant 1/2" wider and 1/2" longer than the frame. I cut exactly 1/2" larger and the result is a little bit of the black stretching strips show from front of the finished quilt. If you measure a scant 1/2" (just a few threads less than 1/2") then the black will be less visible. As an alternative you can use strips that match the fabric of the quilt and it won't be a problem.

Step 3: Cut two strips that are the same length as the top and two that are the same length as the sides. My Mom's quilt with the seam allowances measure 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" so I cut two strips at 9 1/2" and two strips at 12 1/2".  Turn under the ends of each strip 1/4" and stitch with black thread. Turn under one of the long edges of each strip  1/4" and stitch with black thread.

Step 4: Pin the top and bottom strips to the wall hanging being sure that they are 1/4" away from the edges and stitch them to the quilt being sure to use a 1/4" seam allowance and back stitch at the beginning and end.

Step 5: Pin the side strips to the quilt again making sure that they are 1/4" away from the edges.

I like to place a pin to keep the top and bottom strips out of the way so they don't get caught in the seam. Stitch the strips to the quilt using a 1/4" seam allowance and back stitch at the beginning and the end.

Step 6: Press the strips away from the quilt.

Step 7: Top stitch the strips to the seam allowances in the quilt.

Step 8:  Place the quilt on the canvas and pull the strips to the back. I like to use tacks to hold the strips in place. I pin all the way around being sure to pull the strips taught.

I turn the frame over to make sure that I am happy with the look of the quilt from the front. I make any necessary adjustments and them repin on the back with the tacks.

Step 9: I use a staple gun to staple the black strips to the frame on all four sides but I only staple the strips at the corner on the side strips. I leave the top and bottom strips free at the corners.

Step 10: I hand stitch the corners. To do this I thread a needle with black thread. I bring my thread up at the orange circle and use a little whip stitch or a ladder stitch to pull the two sides together to close the opening. (Note: I took the following picture of the corner before I had stapled the back; I wanted to show the corner. Once the strips are pulled to the back and stapled the tacks are removed)

I pull the black strip taught and place a staple as indicated by the orange circle and then continue stitching the strip as indicated by the orange arrow.  I make a small knot and bury the thread.

Step 11: This step is optional but it gives a nice finish. I use a permanent black marker and colour the staples so that they blend with the black fabric.

Here is the finished product! 

A bit of the black shows from the front but had I trimmed my quilt top so that is was just slightly less than 1/2" larger than the frame this would have been eliminated. Another thing I didn't do but should have done is to clip the corners to reduce the bulk so that the corners were a little sharper. I learn as I go! It isn't perfect but I do like the way these quilts look when then are mounted and hung on the wall!

I hope you enjoyed this little how-to. Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. I have never tried this. It looks great. Thank you for the tutorial. Have a great weekend, Karen.

  2. I absolutely love these two quilts, Karen, they are lovely!. Do you have the pattern or a tutorial of how to make them? Can I see more about them in any other post?

    Great tutorial, you are a wonderful teacher!

    Thanks for your help

  3. This looks so nice Karen! I would definitely try it. Thanks for the tutorial

  4. Thanks for the detailed tutorial. Your mom's African scenes are really wonderful. Did you mom live in Africa?

  5. Hi Karen Thank you so much for this tutorial! That's a great idea to present a little quilt.
    Klem Marina

  6. This is a great way to display a piece of textile art, I've put this on my 'to do' list.

  7. Thank you, this all makes perfect sense and hopefully better than my method...... lols