If it's to go to a competition I make sure the finished opening is 4" exactly. This time I just cut the sleeve fabric about two inches less than width of quilt, and 6" (not 9") wide.
Hem the two ends where the hanging rod will slide through.
Then I mark inside the halfway point, say 1/8th " less than halfway from the top and do a running stitch by hand across the whole width of sleeve.
The eighth inch allows some room for the hanging rod so the quilt won't bow out when hung.
I just go thru sleeve, backing and batting. It's so much easier to do this now than putting on a finished sleeve after the whole quilt is done.
Because this is a wall hanging, I cut my binding slightly smaller than usual. I sewed on only one edge around the quilt, mitering the corners. Then when I was ready to handstitch it to the backing, I tucked the raw edge under the seam, folded it up and blind hem stitched by hand. It lays flat with little bulk and catches the sleeve.
Next fast technique involves making lots of half square triangles.
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But the way to make 12 HST's with one long seam is this...
Place two fabrics RST, pin the paper to them where it tells you to, sew one long continuous seam on the dotted lines then cut on solid lines.
The link to free thangles to make half square triangles is: http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
each time you use a sheet, it makes 12 HST with no stretching of the fabric!. I think it took 2 minutes to sew the seam, a bit longer to cut out the blocks and pull the paper off. Be sure to hold the triangles secure as this will be ripping paper off bias. Press, and trim to size, I chose 3" blocks to finish at 2.5 so they'd fit my project.
To make the cute poinsettias I need two black squares, two red and black, two red #2 and black squares, and two red #1 and red#2 blocks. It's gonna be cute!
I found a great site full of patterns and info called www.favequilts.com/
spent some time there this week!
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design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts