The Final Assembly Phase
Adding the Borders
I tweaked the first border to change the straight piping to a rick-rack and like it much better.
|1st rick-rack border|
|To determine the length (or width) of the borders, |
measure through the center of the quilt
|Quilt with second borders attached|
Assembling the Layers of the Quilt
Time now to layer the quilt with the backing fabric and batting. The black backing fabric was cut 3 inches bigger than the quilt top, and the creases were ironed out.
It was then folded in half twice and pressed to aid in the placement of the batting and quilt top.
|Backing fabric is ironed to remove creases|
|Backing fabric folded in half twice and pressed|
|The batting is cut to size|
|Folded batting placed on taped backing fabric|
|Batting is unfolded|
|Batting is smoothed over the backing|
|Quilt top is centered on batting and backing|
Pinning the Layers Together
The necessary tools and equipment are laid out - brass safety pins, a little bouncy ball because I don't have a marble and a curious tool, called a Quick Klip, to help in closing the safety pins.
|Tools for pinning|
|Other tools for pinning|
|Bouncy ball raises quilt off the table top|
|Safety pin is closed using tool|
|Quilt is all pinned|
Quilting the QuiltOnce the quilt is pinned, it is easily transported to the sewing machine. In order to stabilize the quilt, it is quilted-in-the-ditch within the seams of the second borders.
|Quilted-in-the-ditch within seams of borders.|
|Painter's tape used to mark lines for cross-hatching|
|Gridded quilt top|