Facing on……

I laid the straight piece of facing fabric on the table and then laid the quilt on top of it and pinned it in place.  I stitched 1/4″ from the edge of the quilt and then trimmed away the extra facing fabric.  Then I clipped the quilt on all inward curves.
I turned the facing to the back of the quilt and pressed the edge.  Next was the hand sewing of the edge of the facing to the quilt back.
I put facings on both sides and the bottom edge and finished the hand sewing last night.
I will finish the top edge which is straight with a normal binding.  Then I can attach the hanging sleeve in the seam like I usually do.  I am auditioning this black with dots fabric for the binding.  I thought I had some more of the firefly batik but haven’t found it yet.
I also ditch quilted this small wallhanging last night.  I will bind it with a black print batik.  I need to finish the vacuuming in the basement today so I have tomorrow free for baking and last minute things.  It looks like the art quilters won’t be kept away because of snow but it is going to be really cold, like 11 degrees on Monday.  My house is very warm though.

>Edge finish

>I decided to describe a little more how I do this edge finish. After the comments yesterday I see this finish is one that many haven’t tried. I only use it on placemats, tablerunners, baby quilts, and on some lap quilts. It isn’t as sturdy feeling as a regular binding. It is a fast finish for a quilt that will be used and washed often.

First, the quilt has to have straight edges. If it is wiggly and wavy this doesn’t work very well. I do my basting and quilting first. Then I trim the batting even with the edge of the top. Then I slide a cutting mat under the edge and start trimming the backing to the same width all the way around the quilt. If your narrowest piece of backing extending is 3/4″ then you trim to that size all around the quilt. In other words, plan ahead. If you want to trim to 1″ make sure you have that much extending on all sides. I do not press or pin. I start at one corner and turn the cut edge in to the edge of the top and then turn in again and start topstitching. You don’t want to pull the edging toward yourself as you do this or you will stretch it and have to work pleats into it. Overhandling the fabric is a beginners biggest mistake. A light touch turning it in twice and then stitching is all it needs. The corners are folded into miters. Practice it by making coasters or potholders.
I made another batch of these pieces last night. I really want to get back to that one and get it sewn together. When I went out to the kitchen to press these blocks I noticed my security light was on in the back yard, and lo and behold, the possum was out there. He scooted away too fast for me to get a picture. This morning I saw a baby bunny along with 6 squirrels and lots of birds. I have my own little wilderness right here in town.
Two more days of low 60’s and then we are supposed to warm up. I have the heat on again this morning.