You’ve sewn your blocks into row. Those rows have been joined. Borders have been added. Use these tips to finish that quilt top and create a snuggly soft quilt.
Make a Quilt Sandwich
Once your top is finished you will need to create a quilt sandwich. This includes the back and batting. I like to use a 80/20 cotton poly blend. It has a nice loft to better show off quilting. If you are taking your quilt to a long arm quilter for quilting you will want to make sure the back is 4″-6″ larger than your quilt. You can use a single backing fabric. These fabrics come 108″ wide and make for an quick and easy quilt back. Or try creating a pieced back.
If you are wanting to quilt your quilt on a domestic machine. Then basting your quilt is the next step. I prefer to baste mine with large safety pins. Another method you may like is spray basting. You will want a well ventilated area for doing this. Also be sure to protect surfaces from over spray.
Once your quilt is basted I like to sketch out ideas for quilting. Creating a plan of what I will quilt where helps me to have success once I put needle and thread to the quilt. My favorite books for ideas are by Christina Cameli. I have also found classes by Holly Anne Knight useful.
Once your quilt is quilted it’s time to bind your quilt. I like to do this by machine. You can find my method as well as other binding tips and tricks on this post. When the last binding stitch is in. I like to wash my quilt. It gives it a soft crinkly, snuggly feel. Do this by using a gentle cycle and mild detergent. Then tumble dry in the dryer.
Now your ready to enjoy your quilt.