Sunday, November 6, 2011

How to Face a Quilt

 

When I was at Arrowmont, Elizabeth Barton gave us a fantastic demonstration of a different method of facing a quilt.  I used this as I was finishing “Wheatley”.  Here are the steps……

  -  Cut four, 6 inch squares of the facing fabric.  Mark 2 inches in from opposing corners and free-hand cut an arc between the two marks…..

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    -  Cut a 3 inch strip  from the facing fabric.  Fold in half lengthwise and press.

  -  Measure the sides of the quilt and subtract 11 inches from the measurement.  cut the strips in lengths equal to this.

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  -  Lay out the facing as shown…..

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  -  Sew each of the pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Note that the arcs are slightly longer than the strips.

  -  Place the pieced facing (face down)   on the top of the quilt and pin in place…..

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  -  Sew around all four edges and then clip the corners….. DSC01231

  -  Gently turn the facing to the back of the quilt….DSC01232

  -  Press the edges straight, turn under the bias curves, matching them to the pieced strips.  Pin in place and then stitch by hand…..

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The finished piece lies flat and the corners are square …..DSC01236

…..and it is SO SO SO SO easy to do!!!!!

3 comments:

Jean said...

Interesting technique!

maggi21 said...

Interesting. Thank you for sharing the tip

Karen said...

That is a very different technique. I like the idea of it sitting flat. Definitely worth a try. Thank you.

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