Quilted Message Board
- Quilt batting
- Fabrics of choice
- Chalkboard cloth
- Hanger of choice
- Mistyfuse fusible web (Mistyfuse)
- Sewing machine and matching threads
- Iron and pressing board
- 1. Cut 20”x25” rectangle from quilt batting. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse a layer of Mistyfuse to one side and set batting aside while preparing fabric strips.
- 2. Cut 2” to 2-1/2”-wide fabric strips by slightly longer than 20”.
- 3. Use solid piece of fabric or different shape to cover batting. Arrange strips on batting wrong side against Mistyfuse side, overlapping strips at least 1/4” to 1/2”.
- 4. Iron to fuse fabric to batting. Fuse layer of Mistyfuse to other side of batting and fuse single piece of fabric to this side for backside of message board.
- 5. Machine sew zigzag or straight stitch along edges of strips on front side of message board surface to secure raw edges in place.
- 6. Press quilt well and trim to 15”x20”. Set aside.
- 7. For pocket, fuse some fabric strips to 11”x13” white cotton rectangle. Stitch along raw edges of strips to secure, then trim to 10”x12”.
- 8. Fold pocket piece in half to measure 5”x12”; press. Place pocket with folded edge at top approximately 2-1/2” from bottom edge and stitch along sides and bottom edge.
- 9. Leave pocket large or sew in some channels to create smaller pockets.
- 10. Cut 8”x10” rectangle from chalkboard fabric and stitch to quilt, approximately 2” from top edge.
- 11. For chalk pocket, cut 2”x4” strip from fabric. Fold strip in half; press. Stitch pocket along sides and bottom edge to right side of chalkboard.
- 12. To bind quilt, cut 1-1/2”x22” strips of fused fabric. Starting with sides, place strips right sides together along edges and sew using 1/4” seam allowance. Trim excess from top and bottom, fold to back of quilt and fuse in place. Repeat for top and bottom edges of quilt.
- 13. Attach hanging sleeve to back of quilt or decorative clothes hanger.
- 1. To keep chalkboard fabric from slipping while sewing it in place, use glue stick to apply some glue to backside before placing it on quilt top. Keep glue away from edges to avoid stitching through it.
- 2. Do not let iron touch chalkboard fabric. Once you apply heat to it, you won’t be able to write on it.
by Sue Bleiweiss