I've decided to keep it out of the social media world for awhile, just until it's been at some local shows. I do apologize for building the suspense, but this one turned out better than I expected.
I'm almost finished, just making a label, and attaching the hanging sleeve. Not my favorite things to do, but they are necessary. But it makes for a perfect time to write a tutorial about hanging sleeves!
Start with a 9" wide piece of fabric that is approximately 1" shorter than the width of the quilt. Choose which side of the fabric will be on the outside of the sleeve. In the following pictures, I'm using the back of the fabric as the outside/right side because I want to be able to find the sleeve on the back of the quilt!
Finish the ends by folding over 1/2", then folding over again. This should make a sleeve that is approximately 2" shorter than the width of the quilt. Make this fold to the outside of the sleeve, so that it won't catch the rod when it's inserted inside. Stitch the edge down.
Fold along the entire length of the sleeve, with the chosen right side on the outside, matching the edges. Press.
Open up the piece, and bring each edge to the center, and press each side.
Fold again along the center fold, bringing the edges together and stitch a 1/4" seam along the entire length.
Notice how the folds have drawn in toward the seam. Press the seam open, being careful not to eliminate the folds.
Flipping it over, the seam side now sits flat, and the other side gaps up which allows room for the rod. The seam side goes against the quilt back, eliminating another rod snag opportunity!
Center the sleeve on the back, at the base of the binding so that the extra fabric doesn't show at the top when a rod is inside. Hand stitch the edges, using the fold lines as guides.
And for me, by using the back of the backing fabric on the outside of the sleeve, I can now find it easily. But you can choose whatever you want to see for the outside of your sleeve.
And there are no seams to catch the hanging rod!