Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Old Quilt Display Board

Good morning! We've received crazy amounts of rain here, and the ground is so saturated that there has been flash flooding and roads washing out and crumbling away. Since we've gotten so much rain I wasn't able to get outside to work in my flower beds and garden while home for the 3-day Memorial Weekend, so I decided to work on a craft project instead:

I have a really old quilt, tattered and torn from many years of use, that I've had folded and put away for a long time. I decided to start cutting it up to make some projects to breathe new life into this pretty piece of handiwork that my great-grandmother made so long ago:

Now believe me when I tell you that it was not an easy thing for me to cut apart a quilt! I've had it packed away in a box for so long, debating as to if I should cut it apart or just leave it...but it wasn't being enjoyed and loved while packed away, so I decided to bite the bullet and start crafting with it. My first project to come from this quilt is a memory board, and I thought you'd like to see how I made it.

If you'd like to make one too, here are the materials that you'll need:

  • Old cabinet door
  • Old quilt, table linen, or fabric that you like
  • Quilt batting
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • 3-M multi-purpose spray adhesive
  • Elmer's school glue
  • Folkart acrylic paint (I used 'Italian Sage')
  • Sponge brushes
  • Jute twine
  • Clothespins
  • Cardboard
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors
  • Straight edge
Begin by wiping down your cabinet door with a damp cloth to clean off any dust or dirt that may have accumulated. Pour a puddle of Elmer's glue onto a paper plate and brush an even coat around the outer trim edge of the door:

Allow the glue to slightly dry for a couple of minutes, then apply the paint over the wet glue with quick strokes. Do not go back over the paint, just cover the glue as evenly and quickly as you can. (Don't obsess about the coverage being perfect. Remember, it's going to crackle and look imperfect anyway!)

Now the "crackle magic" begins!! Here's a photo of the cabinet door right after I brushed on the paint and it has just started crackling:

Here's a photo once the paint has dried and the crackle finish is complete:

I then cut a piece of cardboard to fit the inside of the cabinet door and attached a piece of quilt batting to it using the spray adhesive:

Using a rotary cutter and straight edge I cut a piece of the quilt about 1 inch larger on all sides than the cardboard. I added a button to the center of the quilt design to cover up a hole:

After spraying the top of the batting covered cardboard with adhesive, I wrapped the piece of quilt over it and secured the pieces on the back with E-6000. I then attached a couple of strands of jute twine to the back of the cardboard with E-6000 as well:

Once the E-600 had dried, I covered the entire backside of the cardboard with a good coat of spray adhesive and then attached it to the center of the cabinet door:

Once it had completely dried, I added saw-tooth hangers to the back of the door and clothespins to hold a few photos:

I like being able to change out the photos whenever I like!

Thanks for dropping by today! I hope that you have a terrific week ahead! :)


1 comment:

  1. Great idea, Becky! So much better than leaving it packed away in a box!


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