Wall hanging made from swapped inchies

8 May 2009
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Our group had a workshop in which we experimented with heat distressing sheer fabrics from which we created a piece of cloth. We made this into 'inchies', embellished them and then exchanged 4 each. This is what I made from my collection. I joined the little blocks vertically with beading and horizontally with stitching and hung them on a wrapped rod.

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Lesley@16 wrote
on 9 May 2009 12:09 AM

Hi there Caz I really like your wall hanging. Lesley

pandabolt wrote
on 9 May 2009 9:14 AM

Cas, what a great way to display your inchies.  And I like the idea of the get together for making them, too.  I may have to gather some friends and give it a try.  Do you have any hints on organizing it?  What kinds of distressing techniques did you use?

reginabdunn wrote
on 9 May 2009 12:36 PM

Thank you for sharing this. It would be a great way to reinvent a quilt that just didn't work. 

Barbm12 wrote
on 9 May 2009 4:18 PM

This is fabulous and shows what talent can do!

Caz McGill wrote
on 9 May 2009 7:18 PM

Thanks for your comments!

Peggy, you'll need a whole morning to make the whole cloth from which to cut your inchies, so invite a group of friends around for at least that amount of time. We used heat guns and soldering irons on acrylic/nylon organza, tulle and any other sheer fabrics we wanted to try. Those were layered on a backing cloth and free motion stiched before being cut into one inch squares.

Spirit2sew, yes a discarded quilt would work wonderfully well, but you'd only use a teeny bit of it because you don't need more than about 10" square to make more then enough inchies! I thought of trying one along similar lines using 3" squares instead. That would use up more of your quilt.

Barbm, I don't know about talent! My mother used to call me the "plodder" of the family ..... I can't take the credit for originality because I got the idea out of Quilting Arts "2, an article about something Dale from The Thred Studio had done.

pandabolt wrote
on 9 May 2009 7:43 PM

Thanks, Caz.  I think it sounds like great fun.  So you actually did the distressing first and then layered onto the backing...I would have done the layering first.

Definitely going to persue this with a couple of friends.  I've got a great stash of "zappables".   Now, just where did I put that fire extinguisher?  :)

Jody Johnson wrote
on 9 May 2009 8:02 PM

This is a very innovative way of using inchies. I never would have thought of it. The arrangement of colour is fantastic too.

Caz McGill wrote
on 10 May 2009 12:50 AM

Yes Peggy, we zapped the sheers first and then arranged them on a backing fabric and stiched all over using fancy embroidery stitching in places and just regular free motion in others to get whatever effect we wanted. Loved using just ordinary cheap curtain netting as well as. The heati intensivies the colours at random and then you can also stretch it in places.

Caz McGill wrote
on 10 May 2009 12:52 AM

Thanks, Jody. It was quite hard to blend in some of the colours other people had chosen. I did the browner shades and had to work from there across into the pink!

jolouise wrote
on 17 May 2009 7:22 PM

I love this idea, I really enjoy creating wall art. I think I might try this all on my own for fun. :)

on 23 May 2009 2:39 PM

Oh dear, I've never heard of inchies. I'm still all excited about fabric ATCs.

Do you normally use thin batting on these, just like you would a wall hanging?

Love the wall hanging I'm very inspired.

on 14 Jun 2009 1:30 PM

I love the innovative idea of the hanging inchies.  I saw a bracelet that I loved made with these little treasures.  This ia a wonderful piece of art that I would proudly hang on my wall!

kchuck422 wrote
on 16 Jun 2009 7:43 PM

This piece is absolutely beautiful and rich-looking.  Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration.

Caityquilter wrote
on 13 Jul 2009 2:46 AM

What a fabulous way to showcase inchies! (My husband walked past the computer screen and asked "What's that, it's FABULOUS!")

Caz McGill wrote
on 18 Jul 2009 2:04 PM

Thank you for all your comments. It's so good to get positive feedback in this way.

Caz McGill wrote
on 19 Jul 2009 4:27 PM

I'm sorry to have taken so long to reply to you (roycecreative) about the batting. I hadn't looked at comments on my wallhanging since mid-May. We cut the inchies form pre-made pieces which were based on a sandwich of vilene at the back, batting in the middle and a background fabric on the top. Any light batting, pellon or felt would work, but I think a regular quilt batting might make the little squares a bit chunky?.

on 2 Aug 2009 10:39 AM

What a fabulous idea for inchies!  I really like this piece!

lindaj62 wrote
on 27 Feb 2010 4:08 PM

Very nice. At first I thought it was a mobile. You've inspired me.

on 5 Feb 2012 9:42 AM

Looks like I've come to the party pretty late, but I love this. Taking my mind in a million directions. Thank you. Joyce Swift

on 7 Feb 2012 10:03 AM
Fabulous! Inchies are new to me.... will have to try this.
rosenana wrote
on 27 Aug 2014 1:06 PM

What a great idea.  I love it.

on 24 May 2015 5:14 PM

This is a great way to play with beads and quilting!  I love this.