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« on: December 21, 2008 12:16:42 AM »

 A year ago I took a class and the instructor assured me that for a lap quilt (especially a first one I was terrified of binding) I could put a strip of fusible web on the wrong side of the backing fabric, cut a slit in it, and then sew all 4 sides and turn it right side out. Sounds great except now I can't figure out the order and sides to sandwich together to make the flip work.

 Ex: do I layer wrong side of backing fabric to the right side of topper, then place the batting? So confused!

 Is this even really do-able? No one I've talked to has ever heard of this technique. Any input is appreciated!
 
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2008 05:39:45 AM »

The technique is featured in one of my beginner's books, so it must be doable!  The author calls it bagging.

Layering goes:

Batting on a flat surface.  Quilt top next, right side up.  Backing fabric last, right side down.  Stitch all sides, leaving a 5 to 10 inch gap in the center of the bottom edge.  Trim away excess batting and turn inside out.  Then you slip stitch the gap closed.

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2008 01:50:36 PM »

 You saved the day for sure! Thank you SO much! This has been driving me batty for weeks.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2008 04:54:05 PM »

You're welcome!  Let me know how that works - I've been afraid to try it.   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008 08:57:07 AM »

This is the method of choice for quilts with weird borders, quick quilts, or ones you expect to be completely loved to death in a short period of time, like a dog quilt or toddler quilt.  It takes a minimum of effort and the back is always the right size for the top.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2008 10:54:48 AM »

 It worked perfectly! I tried to take pictures, but of course, the camera won't do what I tell it to. My only issue was that I neglected to even up the quilt top with the batting and so one side ended up having a bigger seam allowance to make up for it. I just trimmed it once I was done, though.

 Thank you again for all the help!

 
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2008 08:46:50 AM »

I started a quilt this summer and got as far as starting to pin everything together - and then I got really intimidated by squaring everything up and the actual QUILTING that I'd have to do, so it's been folded up in a pile for three months. Okay, four now.

Today, though, I'm going to try this "bagging" technique and see if it makes my life easier.
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