Quilt Headboard

No one absolutely has to have a headboard. Unless it’s a bookcase headboard it doesn’t really serve any purpose except to look nice. A bed without a headboard is functional but not too impressive. There’s something about a bed without a headboard that just looks pitiful. No matter the quality of the mattress and box springs, or how nice the sheets and cover, the whole bed looks incomplete without the decorative headboard.

Try to go buy just a headboard and you’ll run into all sorts of issues. For one, a headboard can be quite expensive. Secondly, you rarely see a headboard for sale without the frame, and if you already have a frame, you’ll then be stuck with another one. Good luck getting rid of that! If you don’t have a headboard, but you’d love to have one, use your quilt!

Many people purchase country-style quilts because they’re simply stunning. Women – and some men – spend hours measuring, cutting and sewing the homemade quilts to make each one unique in its own way. Some people hang a quilt such as that on a display rack, and set it out for all to see, but you can do something a little different. Use that beautiful quilt as your new headboard; it’s unusual but perfectly divine!

It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to make a quilt into a headboard. All you really have to do is hang it. As soon as the quilt is in place your ordinary, headboard-less bed will take on a whole new look. Purchase the hardware necessary to hang a curtain rod and you’ll be nearly done!

Make sure you buy a curtain rod that can stretch to at least the width of your bed. The perfect rod is a round, decorative one. A white, metal curtain rod, the type with the ends bent, is not appropriate for hanging the heavy quilt.

After the hardware and the rod are in place simply hang the quilt on the rod. Make sure the front of the quilt hangs lower than the top of the mattress. Also, if the quilt is too wide for the rod, fold both sides under a bit, and that will help you fit it perfectly to the rod.

There are other things you can hang on a rod to make a headboard besides a quilt. A piece of canvas, a lace tablecloth, a striped sheet, patterned fabric – even colored vinyl makes for a nice headboard that gives your bed that finishing touch it was needing.

How to Make a Prayer Quilt

To make a prayer quilt, you must first determine the size of the quilt that you wish to make. Typical sizes are listed below:

  • 1) a throw quilt – 56″ x 72″
  • 2) a twin size – 63″ x 87″
  • 3) a double size – 78″ x 87″
  • 4) a king size – 100″ x 92″
  • 5) a baby quilt – 42″ x 52″

Typical squares are 9″ each. You are going to need to leave a seam allowance of ½” on each side so in calculating how many squares you need, you would divide by 8″ rather than 9″. For instance, if you desire to make a throw quilt that is 56″ across, you would divide the 56″ by 8″ and come up with 7 squares across each row. To calculate the length of 72″, you would need 9 rows (72″ divided by 8″ = 9 squares). So all together you would need 63 squares (7 squares across times 9 squares down = 63 squares) cut to 9″ x 9″.

Prayer Quilt

A baby quilt would use smaller squares. I cut 6″ squares, making them 5″ when sewn together. Baby quilts are great using flannel.

This prayer quilt is like the old “rag” quilts so you must use 100% cotton fabrics or you can use flannel. The squares for the top of the quilts can be as many patterns as you desire. Usually, you would make the squares for the back of your quilt all the same color. After cutting all of the squares for the top and back of your quilt, you will need to cut squares of batting for inside each square. These will be 8″ each since that is the size of the finished square. You will also need to buy enough muslin to cut 63 squares of 8″ pieces of muslin for the prayers.

After getting all fabric, batting and muslin cut, you need to get a permanent sharpie and write a prayer on each piece of muslin. You do not have to write a prayer for every square if you do not want to. If you are going to make your quilt on the sewing machine you will need “machine quilting” thread. Buy one neutral color thread that works with all the colors in your quilt.

You are now ready to assemble your quilt. Take one piece of the back material, right side down. Place a piece of batting on top of that followed by one of the prayers. You place the top piece on top of the muslin the prayer is written on – right side up and put a few pins in it. Assemble all squares the same way.

When that is finished, take the first square and sew from corner to corner to make an “/” across the square. You may leave the thread attached if you like and sew from corner to corner of the next square, and on and on until they all have one seam across from corner to corner. If you left them all attached, cut them apart now. Next you are going to do the same thing from the other corner to corner making a “X” across each square. This anchors your batting and prayer inside each square. After this is finished, you are ready to assemble your prayer quilt.

Lay all the pieces out on the floor or some other surface and mix your patterns around until you have it the way you like it. Then pick them up in order. I pin a piece of paper with the No. 1 on the first square of the first row. Then stack the second row in the order you had it laid out. You can pin a piece of paper with the No.2 on the first square of the second row if you like. Continue in that manner until you have all the rows carefully stacked. Put them somewhere where they will not get mixed up.

Take the first and second square of row one and sew them together back sides together. Yes, your seam allowances will be on the right side of your quilt. Then sew square three onto the second square and then square four onto square 3 and etc until the row is completed. You are then going to take a sharp pair of scissors and cut the seam allowance every ¼ inch or so all the way across each seam. You are cutting from the outside edge of the seam with the scissors pointing towards your seam. The closer the clips, the more your quilt will “rag”. Sew each of your rows together and clip all the seams. It is recommended to clip seams as you go. If you leave all of the clipping until the end, your hand may get very sore.

After the first row is clipped, pin the second row to the first row. Again you are putting the backs together so that the seam allowance will be on the front of your quilt. All seams should always be on the front of your quilt. Clip all the way across that seam. Then sew row three onto row two and clip all the way across that seam. Continue this until all rows are attached to the quilt. Remember, all seams should be on the front of your quilt.

You are almost finished. You then need to sew a ½” seam around the entire outside of the quilt and once again clip all the way around the quilt. You then want to wash your quilt two, three or maybe even four times. Each time you wash it, the clippings will unravel and make your quilt “rag” Another variation is to use a 1″ seam allowance for more “ragging”. Just remember that your 9″ squares would then become 7″ finished squares so you would need to divide the finished size by 7″ rather than the 8″ we were using above. Then your muslin squares and batting squares would also only be 7″. Your prayer quilt is finished and a precious gift for any occasion or for yourself on a cold, wintery night.

Some Sewing Machine Buying Tips For Beginners

If you are shopping for a new sewing machine, it is important that you will know exactly what to look for. The market will have plenty of brands for you to select from, but not all of these options will be appropriate for you and your needs. It is essential though that you take note of some tips that will help you select the most appropriate choice for you.

Do your homework. Due diligence is necessary if you want to be sure that the unit you end up with is the most appropriate for your needs. It is always going to help that you have an idea what it is that you are looking for. Your choices will be plenty and will help you make the right choices when you know what to look for.

Your budget should be considered. Remember that these units are going to be available in different price ranges. It is always important that you know how much you are willing to spend. This is important so you know that you will only spend within your means without having to resort to buying the cheapest unit that you can find.

There are disposable units and cheaper ones that are appropriate for occasional use. But if you are hoping to get something that is meant to last for a very long time, then you will likely have to spend a higher amount. Most of the time, figures that are $2000 and higher can get you a sturdy and heavy-duty unit that will be appropriate for heavy-duty usage as well.

Quality is very important. Check the quality report of these units and find out what their warranty certificates reveal. This is important since you need to be sure that you have the right sewing machine for your sewing needs. Reviews and feedback from other buyers will be very helpful too. So, do consider them.