Friday, May 28, 2010

Blue and Yellow Crumb Quilt Nearly Done

Blue and Yellow Crumb Quilt Top

The Blue and Yellow Crumb quilt is almost finished.  A couple of nights ago I layered the quilt sandwich for pillowcase finish:  batting on the bottom, backing face up (I used a $4 sheet from Wal-Mart as I do for nearly all of the quilts I give to charity), then the quilt top face down.  I trimmed within about an inch of the quilt top and secured the layers with metal hair clips around the edges of the quilt.  It was late so I set the quilt aside.

Last night I sewed around the edge of the quilt with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a space about 12" long unsewn for turning the quilt right side out later.  With the edges sewn, I trimmed away the excess fabric, nipped a little square from the corners, reached in through the open space and turned the quilt right side out.  I used a chopstick to push the corners out.  I pinned the open space closed, then topstitched all the way around the edge of the quilt with a narrow seam allowance, less than 1/4".  This closes the open space; functionally it isn't necessary to topstitch all the way around, but I like the look and it sort of disguises where the open space was.

Next I'll tie with embroidery floss.

P.S.  I just realized that I haven't posted any pictures of this quilt.  Yikes!  I added the photo of the quilt top, and on the next post I'll show more pics of the quilt in progress.  I've got some catching up to do!

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