Her workshop, "The Craft of Stretching an Art Quilt", was offered for the first time last Saturday in her San Antonio studio. She will be offering a couple of workshops in the Austin-area in February. I would encourage anyone who can do it to sign up!
Laurie provided each student with a custom-cut plastic corner template. This template, while appearing to be a 90-degree corner, is not. She worked out the precision angle that creates a perfectly squared corner after the facing is turned.
cloth to be used as both the facing and the frame covering are selected.
The pieces that will be used as the facing are first fused with Mistyfuse, then cut.
(Note: This method can also be done by needle-turning the facing without fusible, if the quilt is to be mounted in a more "traditional" fashion with a sleeve rather than on a frame).
corners are clipped, then re-stitched without the bulk of the batting.
facing is turned.
Using a pointed implement, the corner is pushed out to a crisp edge.
Finished quilts are carefully measured, and then Laurie cut frame pieces
for precisely fit our quilts!
I love a girl with power tools....
Frame pieces are cut from poplar wood, which is less likely to warp.
Pieces were first glued together, then
we used an air gun to nail the corners.
Woo Hoo! I love tools.
Background cloth (chosen to be slightly duller than the quilt colors, yet blending a bit with the colorway)
Quilt is seated in the center of a piece cut to a size that allows it to be pulled around the frame,
then stitched in place with a running stitch)
Sides are stretched into place, all the while using the cloth to carefully "seat"
the quilt into place on the frame and working toward, but not including,
the corners, which are done last.
Here is the front and a side of the finished framed quilt
Look how nice and neat this is!
The best part: no bulk around the edges, and no stress on the quilt itself!
Thank you Laurie, for showing me a better way to frame my work. I will now try to frame a piece using a pre-stretched gallery-wrapped canvas frame.
Since there were a variety of sizes of quilts, battings, density of stitching, etc., in the class pieces we learned that there are a number of variables to consider when measuring the quilts for a frame.
I look forward to creating another piece on a frame very soon. Stay tuned!