I have 2 lap quilts ready to quilt for gifts, but I have been looking for something small that I could give everyone as gift from my hands and heart.
I ran across a neat little project at Bejeweledquilts that would make quick gifts for Christmas. So here's the first attempt at the photo frame. I used narrow cording instead of ribbon to hold the photo in place. I tried a second one, and decided the cording is a plain pain in the neck to get it placed just right.
Light bulb moment!!! How about corners like in a regular old-fashioned photo album? The first try and I got the corners a little too large, One more time and I do believe I figured it out.
One the top one I used 2 1/2" squares folded on the diagonal, and the bottom photo of fur-kids---and Deana holding Phoebe--- used 2" squares and worked much better.
My second change to original pattern is to use interfacing to give the center some support for the photo. The first one I finished with batting and just a few lines of straight stitches for quilting. It seemed just a little floppy. A little interfacing does make a big improvement.
Fabric Photo Frame....
- Cut center rectangle fabric the size of photo plus 3/4". Mine was cut 43/4" by 63/4".
- Cut medium weight interfacing to photo size. Mine was cut 4" by 6".
- Fuse interfacing to the back of the center fabric, centering the interfacing and leaving seam allowance clear on all sides.
- Cut strip of fabric 2 1/2" wide by the full width of fabric. If you are using scraps, piece them together to get 4 sections at least 10 inches long. ( A great waste not idea!)
- For the folded corner holders....cut 4 squares at 2". Press in half on the diagonal.
- To the right side of the center square place a folded triangle in each corner matching the raw edges. Pin in place. (Note: The shadow area you see in the above photo is the interfacing on the wrong side of the center rectangle.)
- Place border fabric right side to the right side of the center rectangle.....the corner triangles are sandwiched in between the 2 fabrics. Stitch together using a 1/4 inch seam. Press open. Repeat for all 4 sides. Press and square up to the size you desire. Make sure the corners are square.
- I make a sandwich of batting on the bottom, the backing fabric right side up, and the front fabric face down. The batting and backing are cut oversize--about 1 inch or so. I press all three layers together and pin with a few straight pins.
- Then stitch around all 4 sides, leaving a 3 inch opening for turning. The batting is against the feed dogs, and the front fabric is face up and is my guide------just stitch 1/4" from the edge.
I love matching the fabric and style to different personalities.....I know the purple one is going to Natalie, and the batik one will go to Justin.....yes, Deana, you can have the Abbey Road fabric one.
Oh, yeah....how to hang them up???? A strip of adhesive magnetic tape on the back and they can go on the fridge. Or just a pushpin and onto the corkboard. A ribbon loop and they can hang anywhere. Just a great small gift, stock stuffer idea.
OK, got fabric, need to quilt....happy stitching.