Floor Quilt

Sandi S., Sharon G and I get together about once a month to stitch together and chat.  In March, we decided to work on a project together and after some discussion decided to try our hand at making a floor quilt.  We got the idea from this book that  I got from my friend Judy P.:


I love this book. I got it as a hand-me-down from my friend Judy P.

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We gathered our tools and supplies, made our fabric choices, did some preparation work on the fabric  and when we got together in April were ready to go.  Here is a picture of some of my fabrics after being painted with decoupage medium (Mod Podge). Once the fabric is dry, you can cut it with a rotary cutter or scissors and get nice sharp edges that don’t fray. I cut mine into a bunch of circles – similar to the one on the cover of the book – and used a Fiscar’s circle cutter from the scrapbooking section of the craft store. It worked wonderfully.

2013-05-10 floor quilt

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 Here is my background fabric, a heavy cotton duck painted on both sides with Gesso (the white stuff on artist canvases). Because of the design I chose, I also painted the top of this with a flat black latex paint.  Sandi and Sharon were planning on covering every bit of their foundation fabric with fabric so didn’t have to do this step. I think it measured around 30″ x 40″.

2013-05-11 floor quilt painted foundation

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Here are Sharon and Sandi working on their floor quilts. I spent that day building circles with different fabrics. you can see one circle on the table there on the right.

2013-05-14 floor quilts SLS

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Here is my quilt after all the circles were arranged and stuck down. The brown fabric will end up being the border. Although we used Mod Podge with a matte finish, you can see that there is still a little shinyness. I don’t think that will hurt the finished product.

2013-05-16 floor quilt border

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This is my floor quilt after the border is attached. When this picture was taken, it still needed three more coats of Mod Podge, three coats of Polyacrylic sealer, one coat of paste wax and a layer of skid-proof rubber stuff painted on the underside. Today I plan on putting on the last coat of the Polyacrylic so it should be ready for the floor in a few more days.

2013-05-21 floor quilt

This has been a fun project and something I plan on doing again.  The book was well organized and easy to work from. Although there were a lot of steps, if you just deal with one step at a time it is not complicated at all.

There are lots of different idea in the book and they are just a stepping off point. Once you get thinking about it just about any design you make into a quilt can be adapted as a floor quilt.  What a great way to use up scraps!  I will show you another picture when this one is all done and in its new home, just outside the studio door.

Happy Day!


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