Almost there! Last week we finished our giant star quilt top and our nicely pieced quilt back...
let's finish it all up!
First things first, we'll layer our backing face down. Since this quilt is so compact I laid it out on a table. Then I placed the batting on and smoothed it out, making sure to keep everything lined up. Then I placed my quilt top face up on the batting, smoothing out again and keeping it all in line. Next came the pins, I use bent safety pins made especially for this situation. I started in the center and worked my way out, making sure to smooth out wrinkles as I went along. Here's what it looked like when I was done.
and here's a close up of a pin.
Next is quilting all your layers together. How you do this is totally up to you, straight stitches across your entire quilt, maybe outline a star pattern. Any way you choose to do it, as long as it keeps all your layers together! I went for a squiggle stitch, it is a baby quilt after all so might as well make it fun! I outlined the inner pinwheels, then the giant green star. Then I took some liberties with the outer border by quilting the corners and the center areas. I ended up using a grey thread so you can't really see the stitching on the front, but it is more prominent on the back.
(The corner, the sides, the pinwheel in the middle)
All we have left is the binding. I like to use a double fold quilt binding using my favorite technique I learned from The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer. It is a great method that keeps it easy and manageable, even for a beginner.
Where to start? Have a couple inches give at the beginning of the binding and open it up. Line up the edge of your binding with the side of the quilt, I usually start in the middle of one of the sides. You'll just need a straight stitch in that fold of the binding, keeping it lined up with the quilt.
When approaching the corner here is where we will do some work. As you can see in the first picture below, we need to measure the width of the fold of the binding. That is how far away from the corner you will want to stop, we pinned at that spot on the second picture. The third and fourth pictures show the stitches stopping at that spot where we will cut our threads and tie them up for security.
At this point we fold over the binding, as you can see in the first picture below. The binding gets folded from the spot where the stitching ends. Then, in the second picture you can see we fold the binding back so that it is lined up nicely with the next side of the quilt. Pin this in place, as seen in the third picture. Stitching can start at the edge of the quilt where all of this folding took place, in the fold of the binding, as seen in the fourth picture.
Now you just make your way around. That is until you run out of binding. Even with this small of a quilt you will need more than one pack of binding. Below I show you how to join ends of binding. Between The Sewing Bible and This Tutorial I was able to figure things out.
(Pic 1) When matching up ends of binding try to leave at least an overlap that measures the same as the width of the binding. (Pic 2) Overlap outsides together end to side of binding. (Pic 3) I put a line of chalk so I knew where to sew when it came time. (Pic 4) To double check that fold lines matched up I pinned along the chalk line. (Pic 5) When getting ready to sew up the binding I pinned, slightly obsessively, just to keep everything lined up. Sometimes bias tape can get a mind of its own. (Pic 6) This last picture shows what it looks like when you've got your binding all sewn up and trimmed.
OK, now to finish up the binding! Fold over the binding to the opposite side from what you already sewed. For me I noticed that if I lined up the edge of the fold of the binding and sewed in from there by about 1/4" I caught both sides of the binding nicely.
From there you can sew all the way around and be complete. Either you can sew each side individually, folding the corners and starting a new line of stitching. If you do that you can hide the threads behind the fold of the binding. Or, you can keep sewing continuously, but be careful at the corner folds since your sewing machine might not like the thickness of layers.
However you finish your binding, when this step is done so is your quilt! Thanks for following with our very first quilt along! We can't wait for our next one! We'd love to see your quilts, make sure to share them with us on Facebook!