We went out of town over the weekend to visit family and had a wonderful trip. I enjoyed visiting and seeing my niece and nephews. They are all three growing so fast, especially my nephew who was born in May. He is a sweet little boy and flying through all the milestones of the first year! I am so thankful that even though we don't live in the same town as the rest of our family we are still close enough to go visit them. I could not imagine not seeing them grow up!
I have had several people ask both here and elsewhere both how to put a quilt together and how "I" put my quilts together. Part of my length between my last post and this one was taking pictures each step of the way with the intention of putting them together here. Keep in mind everyone has a different way of going about things and this is the way that works best for me. If you find a way that is easier for you by all means there are no "rules" to follow as long as your quilt holds up well that is all that matters :)
First things first.... measure your finished quilt top to figure out how big of a backing you need. You want to make sure that your backing fabric is 4-6 inches larger all the way around than your top. This is so that when the quilt is being quilted and pulls a bit you don't have your backing fabric smaller in the back than the front. Your backing fabric will often have to be pieced together to make a large enough solid piece of fabric for the back. There is a sense of anything goes on backing now. I have seen backs that are pieced with all different colors, scraps and sometimes what looks like another quilt! So whatever you would like to use on the back will work. The only thing I would keep in mind is that the more seams you have on your backing fabric the harder it may be for quilting running over multiple seams that you can't see from the front.
The Free Motion Quilting Project.
After pinning or basting you are ready to quilt!
I have decided to wash all of my quilts after finishing them before giving them to the recipient. Quilts can get rather dusty while sewing and quilting them and I just feel like washing them gives them a thorough cleaning before they are given so they are nice and fresh and ready to be used.