July 24, 2014

Materials organized. Make sure your design fits well within the frame. Heads up, when it says 4×6, that means the opening in the back. What shows in the front will be slightly smaller.

Fused and ready to stitch. Cut the background an inch or so larger than the finished size so you can trim later.

Stitched! I use a machine blanket stitch but you could finish by hand or with another machine stitch.

Quilted and trimmed to the finished size. I used a low-loft cotton batting, and I didn’t worry about whether any quilting would be cut off, in fact I kind of planned that it would be, just for the freedom of it all. After trimming, I stay-stitched all the way around, close to the edge.

I glued my business card to the back. That’s right people, I glued it. You can make a fabric label for yours. :)

All done! And might I add that it was done by 3:45 in the afternoon of a day that included taking kittens for boosters, running three other errands, playing with kittens, and having a leisurely lunch with my husband on the patio. Not bad!

These make great gifts. If you start now, you can have one finished for everybody on your holiday list. The design can be something very simple, and your kith and kin will appreciate that it’s something you made.

Until next time, on to the next frame,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Comments

5 Responses to “Frame project update”

  1. Cathy Perlmutter on July 24th, 2014 9:36 am

    You’ve rocked my world! I’m going to the thrift shop to buy frames and do this!!! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Brenda C. on July 24th, 2014 9:46 am

    This is a great idea and your “picture quilt” is wonderful!

  3. Rhonda Casey on July 24th, 2014 10:23 am

    Love this easy gift idea. And the thrift shop is just a mile down the road……

  4. Loris Mills on July 24th, 2014 8:00 pm

    This is so cute! Makes me want to make to make one :-)

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