If you want to hang your quilts, having a sleeve makes it easy and also protects your quilt. A D-sleeve is the standard sleeve for hanging. The "D" shape allows the quilt to hang flat and provides "give" in the sleeve. When I made the sleeve for the Bridges quilt I remembered to take a few pictures so I thought I'd share. Please forgive the lighting in the photos. It was a gray Chicago day!
This is how I make mine.
This tutorial makes a 4" finished D sleeve.
Start by measuring the width of your quilt.
Cut a strip 8 1/2" wide by the exact width measurement of your quilt. Depending on the width of your quilt, you may have to piece multiple strips to achieve that measurement.
Position the sleeve 1/2" to 3/4" below the top of your quilt. Pin along both folds making sure to maintain the D-shape. Hand stitch along the top and bottom edges of the sleeve. Be sure not to stitch into the front of the quilt.
Slide in a rod and hang!