12 Weeks of Homemade Christmas: Finishing the Quilt

Written by Andrea

Once you have made the quilt top, it’s time to put it all together and finish it. I’ll preface this entire post by saying that I am finishing this quilt by what I’ve always heard called “tacking.” There is probably a better term… and it might not even be considered quilting. But, I love to do this for a couple of reasons… 1. It is easy. 2. I had a blanket when I was growing up that was finished by my great-grandmother, and this is how she finished it. 3. I think it looks cute and fun.

So, if you were looking for an expert on quilting through thick fabrics, etc., you might want to do a quick google search for another post.:(

However, if you are new to “quilting” or if you want to do a quick and simple finish to your blanket, here’s a way you can do it.

Once you have created your quilt top, you’ll need to spread it out in a big area. I’ve used a bed before, but I like to use the floor of our bedroom, because there’s enough space to spread it all out. This is where that queen size bed sheet and quilt batting comes into play.

Spread out the queen size sheet with the right side up. Place the quilt top on top of the sheet, with the right side down. Then, layer the quilt batting on top of the quilt top. So, your layers will look like this:

Once you have this all spread out and layered, you are going to use a ton of pins. Start pinning it all together all the way around the edges. You’ll want to get it pinned as much as possible so that when you sew the edges together, it will stay nice and smooth and not fall apart. You also might have excess material (see below picture), especially of the bed sheet. Feel free to trim it down, if that’s the case. I would pin it all first, just to make it easier to hold it together while you cut it.

Ready to sew? Clear the area around your sewing machine. It isn’t easy running this much fabric through the machine if you are crowded or are knocking stuff off your table. Trust me… I’ve done it.:)Thread your machine and sew around all the edges, leaving about a 18 inch opening in one of the sides to turn it right-side out.

Remove the pins. Careful here to make sure you get them all! Then, use the opening to help you turn your quilt right-side out, like so:

You are almost finished!

Once you get the quilt turned right-side out, you need to finish closing up the opening that you left to turn it right-side out. I typically just sew the edges together, using my machine.

Now, to finish it off.

This part requires yarn, tape, a HUGE needle, and some scissors.

Take a small piece of tape to help feed the yarn through the eye of your needle.

Then, in the corners of each of your blocks, you are going to feed yarn through all fabrics, like so:

 

Once you get the yarn through all fabrics, you will want to tie it into a knot. So, cut the yarn and tie it into a double-knot:

And you are finished! Make sure that you “tack” each corner of the blocks on your quilt and you have an easy way to keep it all together!

Let me know what questions you have!

And, be sure to check out Sweet Cricket Designs on the right-side of our page! During our 12 Weeks of Homemade Christmas, Kate is offering our readers a discount! Perfect timing for those holiday cards! Check her out! And, thanks Kate for being so sweet and offering such a great discount to our readers!

Debbie G. - October 25, 2011 - 11:22 pm

I believe (and I’m no quilter!) that this is called a “hand tied” quilt, as opposed to hand quilted or machine quilted. Probably one of the oldest versions of quilting around. Looks super cute!

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