My Stitch Along July Week 4
This week I am going to do another type of facing which is quite different to my last one. I would only use this method for small quilts but I have used it to make cushions too. There are some really good advantages such as, completely no hand stitching, very easy to attach a label by machine and very easy to add additional quilting if you decide to afterward.
The piece I am going to finish this week is my Stitch Along project from May (find instructions to make this). First I decided to add a little more to it by bordering it with some dark blue fabric.
This type of facing covers the entire back of the quilt so requires more fabric hence the reason I would only use it on small quilts. I needed two pieces of fabric the same size as the back. These are folded in half, right sides out and pressed.
Note: If making a cushion, the two pieces should be slightly bigger so they overlap.
The two folded backing sections are placed on the right side so the folds meet in the middle - or overlap if making a cushion. The picture shows how I overlap it for a cushion. It only needs 3/4 of an inch at most.
If I was making a cushion, I would add a button, domes or velcro to the overlap to hold it closed over a cushion inner. It is best to attach these first before stitching the facing in place.
Next, I pin the facings in place adding extra pins where the facings meet or overlap....
... then I stitch completely around the outside taking a diagonal stitch across the corners. Once complete, I trim the corners to reduce bulk.
Now time to turn it in the right way.
At this point, it needs a good press. Make sure everything looks square and aligned - it is very easy to make any adjustment!
As a final touch, I added a straight line of quilting around the navy blue border with a bright variegated thread. I feel this breaks down the border just enough and brings the colored area back into proportion. Alternatively, if this was a cushion, I could do the same to make a flange. I also added the horizon line that I'd mentioned at the end of the May Challenge.
Now I am so pleased to have a second piece complete. How are yours coming along?