My latest quilt has a very odd outer edge that I wanted to face, rather than bind. After a bit of noodling I came up with a way that worked great! It would work for any quilt with a curved or unusual outer edge (scallops, double wedding ring, grandmother’s flower garden, etc.). I can’t show the front of the quilt because I plan on entering it in a major show and don’t want to have it shown publically yet. So here’s the step by steps along with a full shape picture from the back :-). I hope you enjoy them.
1. Layer and quilt the quilt. Then, with water soluable thread on top and a thread that contrasts the backing fabric in the bottom, stitch through all layers on the exact line that will be the outer edge of the quilt. Cut away all layers 1/4″ from this line.
2. Lay quilt, right sides together, on a piece of facing fabric which is slightly larger than the quilt itself . Pin all the way around.
3. Stitch through all layers (with regular thread on top now), exactly on the previous stitching line, all the way around.
4. Trim even with quilt and clip all “inny” angles.
5. Trim facing fabric 1″ away from stitching, all the way around.
6. Fold facing to back of quilt and match facing raw edge with quilt raw edge.
7. Fold facing completely to back and pin in place.
8. Hand stitch the facing to the back of the quilt and – Voila – you’re done!
If any of the water soluable thread shows along the edge, just get it wet and the problem will be solved (or disolved :-).
Also – This past week Laura Krasinski and I hung a joint exhibit of our work entitled “Make a Joyful Noise” in the lobby of the Waukesha Civic Theater on Main Street in Waukesha (just 2 doors down from Frank’s Sewing Center). Please stop by if you’re in the area!