How to Put The Finishing Touches on An Art Quilt
Finally, “Under the Microscope #2” is almost complete. Just a few more finishing touches and I can let it go. In phase1, Phase2 and Phase3, I showed you the entire process of how I created this piece. So now, let me show you how I add the finishing touches. Here’s what I’ve got to do:
- Square it up and make sure all four edges are straight
- Add a facing to finish up the edges
- Sew on a hanging sleeve
- Attach a label
So let’s get to it.
Squaring Up the Edges
I usually use a wide transparent ruler to square the edges of my work. But my ruler is only 24.5″ long. So when my piece is longer than that I either use two rulers or one long ruler. My long rulers are metallic and therefore not transparent.
In recent years, I’ve come to enjoy using a long T-square that is meant for home construction. It works great for larger art pieces and you can square two sides at a go which is nice.
I start by laying my art piece on a large cutting mat and then positioning the T-square on the art piece.
Since I wanted my finished piece to be a specific size, I lay a tape measure across the piece to ensure I have the correct size plus enough seam allowance.
Next, I use my rotary cutter to cut off the excess.
Next, I repeat the process for all four sides to get a completely squared piece.
Adding a Facing to Finish Up the Edges
I start by cutting up some strips of fabrics to use for my facing.
Then I sew them to all four sides of my piece.
Next, I turn the strips over and iron them.
Sew on a Hanging Sleeve
If I’m not mounting my work on stretcher bars I attach a hanging sleeve to the back of my piece so that the buyer can easily slip a slat or rod through for hanging on their walls.
I create a four-inch wide sleeve and attach it one inch from the top of the work. I make sure that it extends to only one inch inside each edge of the work. This way, a hanging rod will be well-hidden in the back and not show in front.
Attach a Label
I start by cutting a piece of fused fabric in a contrasting color to the color of the back of my art piece.
Then I use my fabric markers or archival ink micron pens to draw and write the important information on the label.
Then I free-motion stitch the label to the back of my piece.
That’s it my dears. I’ll be entering it into the Inspired by Science show next week. Fingers crossed.
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