Hello, my fellow Mojo Quilters! This post is specifically for you – cause I love you and you're special and crazy talented and that color looks great on you and today is going to be a GREAT DAY! Woot! (I may have slipped into some self-affirmations because it's really cold and cloudy here in Chicago and sometimes I just gotta pat myself on the back, you know? But I wasn't lying. That color really does look great on you.
Now that Sew Mojo #1, #2, #3 and #4 patterns are available for download and lots of you are having fun playing around with unconventional lines, composition, rhythm and unity, the finishing step in making these minis is to frame them.
This is the easy part, so don't fret for a second. In this post I will walk you through each and every step. If you make it all the way to the end, I will reward you with a cheat sheet to my favorite frames and where to buy them.
Pictured in this tutorial is the third Sew Mojo mini quilt in this series.
- Frame (includes glass and mat)
- Masking Tape or Double Sided Tape
- Clean cloth
- Your Sew Mojo Mini Quilt - Get the patterns!
How to Frame Your Mini Quilt
- Disassemble the frame by taking off the back and removing the mat. Fig. 1
- Place the mat right side up. Fig. 2
- Flip your mini quilt so that the back side is facing up and place a couple pieces of tape on either end. Fig. 3
- Flip the mini back over so that the right side is facing up. Place it in the center of the mat and press down where the masking tape is to secure the mini to the mat. Fig. 4
- With a clean cloth, wipe down the glass that is still in the frame so that no lint or debris is visible.
- Place the mat, with the mini secured to it, face down on the glass. Fig. 5
- Secure the back of the frame back in place.
- Flip over and admire your work! Fig. 6
Now, as promised, let me share with you some of my favorite frames and where to get them...but FIRST!
Did you know that these cute little mini quilts are now a class on Blueprint? I flew out to Denver and filmed Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis so that you could see how fun, fast, and truly liberating these little sewn scraps of fabric can be!
You can read more about the class here OR watch the trailer below!
OK OK, back to my favorite frames:
- IKEA: The first on this list has got to be these little white frames from IKEA. They are cute, cheap and don't look dirty right out of the package (I'm looking at YOU, Target. Half of your frames are dinged up and scuffed IN THE STORE. For a while I was blaming it on my reckless driving while traveling home and then I was blaming it on Scrappy. But no, Target. I looked closer last time I was in the store and it is YOU!)
- Oh Target...I hate you but I need you. Second on my list, and also the frame used in this tutorial is the Room Essentials brand of gallery frames found...at Target. sigh...
- Amazon: BUT I just did a search for similar frames on Amazon and they are cheaper AND come with free shipping...so yeah! Suck it Target!
- West Elm: The last option on my list is the most expensive, but sometimes you just gotta spring for it. I can vouch for the quality of these frames. I've purchased...a lot, and every one of them is well made with welded corners and a nice heft (which is something you're looking for in a frame, right?).
If you're a #SewMojoQuilts quilter I'd love to hear about your process and see your framed minis – post a link to pics in the comments. xo