DIY Quilted Modern Art
After mulling over my quilt inspiration, and having always been an admirer of Ethan Cook's, I thought I'd make my own graphic quilt and mount it on the wall as modern art. I completed this project in one day, and it makes such an impact in our living room! Check out how I did it below.
-fabric (I used muslin and a mustard yellow linen)
-lightweight batting sheet
-craft blade (optional)
-painter's tape (optional)
Helpful Tip: You may find it helpful to sketch out your design before committing the scissors to your fabric.
Step Two: Turn down a 1/2" edge around the border of the applique pieces and iron it crisp.
Step Four: Sew the applique pieces into place, sewing closely along the edge of each one.
Step Six: Sandwich the sheet of batting between the quilt top and a sheet of muslin. Each of these layers should be perfectly stretched out and wrinkle free. I used painter's tape to stretch out each layer to make sure they were perfectly smooth.
Step Eight: Stitch on top of the drawn lines with a wide stitch. If you want to hand stitch the quilt lines—be my guest! I thought about it for a second, but thinking about it exhausted my entire quota of patience.
Helpful Tip: Start at the top middle of the quilt. Sew from the top to the bottom in the same direction for every line. This will prevent the fabric from bunching unequally. I sewed from the middle to the right about halfway, then from the middle to the left halfway, and then I repositioned the safety pins because the fabric had shifted a bit as I sewed. Then I finished each edge before moving on to each applique piece. After sewing, I pulled the fabric strings through to the back of the quilt.
Step Ten: To finish the corners, pull in the corner of the fabric, then pull in each side of the corner. After stapling all around the edge of the frame, you can use a blade to cut off the excess fabric about 1/8" from the staple line.