This sweet wall quilt is useful and versatile because it has nine pockets which can hold a varied assortment of items unique to your personal needs.
In your sewing room fill them with patterns, or tools such as rotary cutter, tracing pens, needlebooks, measuring tapes, unpickers, materials shopping list...whatever suits your purpose.
In the living room you could hide those ugly remote controls or fill a few pockets with dried flower displays.
In a home office each day's pocket could hold your to-do list, mail to be posted, stamps, pens, USB stick...again, whatever is needful to you.
Yesterday I gave you the material requirements but if you missed it here they are again -
In Australia we purchase fabric by the metre and this cut is 3 inches longer than a US yard. I've taken that into account when giving you the measurements.
* Blue tonal small print floral - half a yard or half a metre
* Large print blue floral - half a yard or half a metre
* Medium posy cream floral - 1.1 yards or one metre
* Cream cotton lace, 1 inch wide - 2 yards or 2 metres
* One piece of medium thickness fusible Pellon - 15" x 38" (I used Vlieseline H640)
Optional: seven stitchery blocks trimmed to 5 1/2 inches square
+ one feature block trimmed to 8" x 5 1/2"
I have used the eight Days of the Week stitcheries in my pockets. The pattern set can be purchased HERE or HERE if you would like to use them, but you could also replace the blocks with 5 1/2" fabric squares or stitcheries you already have.
The fabrics I have used are from Tilda's "Sweetheart" line.
CUTTING YOUR FABRIC
From the blue tonal print, cut -
Four, 7 1/2" x 14" rectangles
One, 5 1/2" x 8" rectangle
From the large print blue floral, cut -
Two, 4 3/4" x 5 1/2" rectangles
Eight, 1 1/2" x 14" lengths
Six, 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" lengths
Three, 2" x 5 1/2" lengths
From the cream posy floral, cut -
Two, 15" x 38" rectangles
Three, 2 1/2" x WOF lengths (to make the binding)
One, 2" x WOF length (to make the hanging ties)
From the cotton lace, cut -
Four, 14" lengths
To make the Monday/Tuesday pocket front sew the two blocks together with a 2" x 5 1/2" piece of blue floral, then sew a 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" length of the same fabric down both ends.
Sew a 1 1/2" x 14" length of the blue floral across the top and bottom.
Repeat these steps to make your Thursday/Friday and Saturday/Sunday pocket fronts.
To make the front of the Wednesday pocket sew a 4 3/4" x 5 1/2" rectangle of blue floral down both sides of the stitchery, then sew a 1 1/2" x 14" length of the blue floral across the top and bottom.
Lay your four pocket fronts face down onto the right side of your 7 1/2" x 14" rectangles of blue tonal fabric.
Sew the two rectangles together along the top edge above the stitchery and press the seam open.
Fold the front and back closed along the seam and press your four pockets.
Sew a scant 1/8th inch seam around the three open sides of the pockets.
The eighth feature block:
Lay the larger eighth block face down on your 5 1/2" x 8" rectangle of blue tonal fabric.
Sew around all four sides but leave a 3" opening for turning out.
Turn the block right side out, gently pushing the corners out as well.
Press flat and slip stitch the opening closed.
(alternatively, make your own eighth feature block with an orphan stitchery or perhaps some paper pieced hexie pattern)
The Backing Quilt:
Fuse the two 15" x 38" rectangles of cream posy floral onto both sides of the Pellon. Use basting spray for the fabric on the non-fusible side of the Pellon, or pin baste it in place.
Machine or hand quilt to your liking.
I used the design on the fabric as a guide to machine quilting the top section of my quilt.
Trim the quilt to 14" x 37"
Measure 6" down from the top edge of the quilt front and sew a line of lace underneath.
Pin your first pocket across the quilt so that it just covers the bottom of the lace.
Sew the bottom edge of the pocket to your quilt with a scant 1/8th inch seam...
Cover the seam with a 14" length of cotton lace and sew the lace in place along both edges to hide the pocket seam.
Now lay the Saturday/Sunday pocket along the very bottom edge of the quilt.
Lay the Thursday/Friday pocket and the Wednesday pocket above it.
Play around with the positioning until they all sit evenly spaced.
Sew the bottom edge of the pockets to the quilt with a scant 1/8th inch seam.
Sew strips of lace across the bottom of the Wednesday and the Thursday/Friday pockets, as you did with the Monday/Tuesday pocket.
Sew a scant 1/8th inch seam down both sides of the quilt to secure the side edges of the pockets.
Create smaller pockets within the large pockets by sewing a seam down the middle of the double block pockets, and 1/2" either side of the Wednesday block. This will give you nine pockets.
Binding and Finishing:
Make your quilt binding with the three 2 1/2" x WOF (width of fabric, usually 42" - 44") and sew in place as you'd normally do with a quilt.
Haven't made quilt binding before? Follow my tutorial here.
Sew your large feature block across the top centre of the quilt.
I've attached my block with four little pearl buttons in the corners...
Make one long length of hanging tie from your 2" x WOF piece of cream floral fabric, by folding in half wrong sides together down the length of the fabric.
Sew down the raw edge with an 1/8th inch seam, and carefully turn the tie right side out and press.
Cut the long tie in half to make two smaller ties. Make a small knot in each end of the ties.
Decide where you'll position each tie.
Fold them in half and use that middle crease line as your marker for sewing each tie into the top of the hanging pockets...
Choose a quilt hanger or pretty coat hanger and tie your set of hanging pockets in place!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will have a lot of fun making your own unique set of hanging pockets!
After such a big week I'm taking the rest of today off and treating myself to a good movie on our comfy blue couch, with a thick slice of fresh baked sultana loaf and a big mug of chai latte.
(Might have to dig out the "do not disturb" sign so the animals leave me in peace for a few hours, though I have no hope that they will obey...)
have a wonderful day,