01 January 2011

Let's finish the quilt

Finishing this quilt can be your first completed project for 2011!

Sandwich the quilt
Trim the backing fabric to measure approximately 68in x 72in. Lay it right side down on a large, flat surface and tape or clip it down. Lay the batting on top of the backing and smooth it out from the centre. Centre the pieced quilt top, right side up, on top of the batting and smooth it out from the centre. Baste through all layers using safety pins, spacing them about 3in apart.

Quilt the quilt
Machine quilt through all layers with pink/yellow variegated thread in an all over curved pattern. (Sunshine and Roses was professionally quilted for me by Kim Bradley.) Alternatively, you could quilt the blocks in the ditch and quilt a floral motif in the centre of each block and a continuous pattern in the borders.

After finishing the quilting, trim the excess backing and batting to extend 1/4in beyond the outer edge of the quilt top. This extra 1/4in will provide a firm filling for the binding.

Sew the binding
Join the binding strips using 45-degree seams and press the seams open. Fold the binding in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press. Sew the binding to the front of the quilt with the raw edges aligned, mitring the corners and joining the ends. Turn the folded edge of the binding over to the back of the quilt and slipstitch it in place.

Label the quilt
Sew a label to the back of the quilt. This should include at least your name and the date. If the quilt is for a gift, add the recipient’s name and details of how to care for the quilt.

Well, this was so much fun, I may do it again later with another of my quilt patterns. I hope you have enjoyed this easy design. Don't forget to email me a photo of your completed quilt - I'd love to see it in different colours.

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