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« on: March 10, 2010 12:56:32 PM »


I'm making my first ever quilt, made entirely of squares. Once I've sewn the squares together to make the top, how do I attach the "top" to a backing material?

I realise I could just sew the backing and top together (wrong sides) and then flip inside out, but it wouldn't really give a "quilted" feel.

How could I actually *quilt* the backing and the top; should I just sew them together round the edges, then sew along the seams of the squares through both layers?

Sorry if this is a bit incoherent, I don't really have any idea what I'm doing with this quilt Tongue

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2010 08:45:15 PM »

How could I actually *quilt* the backing and the top; should I just sew them together round the edges, then sew along the seams of the squares through both layers?
Essentially, yes.  Look at any quilted item you own--a quilt, jacket, purse, potholder, whatever and see how the front and back are stitched together with a filler layer (batting).  Typically, something you buy would have been done by machine with the obvious goal of simply finishing the item to get to the next one.  When you do it by hand, it is prettier (imho).  If you can go to a quilt shop, look at some on display--mostly these will be machine quilted though, be aware of that.  If you can go to a museum with an old west or pioneer scene on display, you can often view some there too. 

Practice on something small--potholders are great, then a lap quilt, then something more showy. Learning is part of the fun of the process. Enjoy yourself!

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010 03:53:35 AM »

When you start quilting, you always want to start in the center and work your way out.  Also, don't so around the edges until you are finished quilting.  There is normally some gathering of the bottom layers, so make sure to cut your batting and backing a few inches larger than the top all the way around.  Hope this helps!

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