Assembling a Quilt





Introduction: Assembling a Quilt

This is my technique for layering a finished quilt. I found that trying to get all the layers to lie flat for pinning and/or basting was difficult.  I've made many quilts and have found this to be the best technique for keeping all the layers flat and taut for machine or hand quilting.

Step 1: Lay Out Backing Fabric

After sewing together your backing fabric, lay it down on a flat surface (right side down).  I used to use my dining room floor because it was the flat surface in my house that was large enough.  When we put in a new tile floor in my laundry room, I found an additional surface that works. Make sure the fabric is square with the floor. The tile blocks work well for this as do the lines on a hardwood floor.

Step 2: Tape Down the Edges

Using the lines on your tile or hardwood floors tape down all the edges of the backing fabric. I used wide masking tape, but have also successfully used packing tape and blue painter's tape. Make sure the fabric is taut and square. (test the tape if you're using a hard wood floor to make sure removing the tape doesn't ruin the finish on the floor).

Step 3: Layering

Spread out the batting onto the backing. Smooth out all the wrinkles. This is where the backing would start to shift and wrinkle if it weren't taped down. Then put the finished quilt top on the batting.  Make sure your batting is larger than the quilt top.

Step 4: Lots of Pinning

At this point you could baste the layers together, but I prefer pinning. You'll need enough pins to put one every 4-5 inches all over the quilt. Try to avoid placing the pins where you'll be stitching. I like the bent quilters pins because they are easier than standard safety pins. You can purchase these pins at your local quilting store or at JoAnn's etc.

Step 5: Finished Quilt

When you're all done with your hand or machine quilting, remove the pins and finish the edges.



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    The back and front of my quilt have different pictures. How do I "sew" them together please?


    I'm not sure I understand the question. With my instructions it shows how to tape the backing to the floor, and layer the batting on top of each other and pin them, so you can then machine or hand quilt them. What do you mean that the front and back of your quilt have different pictures?


    This is my first full quilt. Like someone else, i have been putting off finishing the quilt because I was afraid. These are great instructions and also love the tile to square it idea. Thank you!


    So glad this will work for you. I love the colors in your first full quilt. Very nice. Good luck with it.

    How much larger should my backing be than the batting and quilt top? Thank you.

    They should be about the same size if you're going to add bias binding to finish the edges. I usually leave my quilt back about 2 inches larger all the way around and then I can "wrap" it over the edges and either hand stitch or machine stitch it in place. Does this make sense? Let me know if you'd like a more detailed explanation. Good luck.

    How do you sew on the wrap around? And how do you shape the corners? Sorry, this is my first quilt! But I have sewn for years.

    Hi, Thanks for writing. I usually fold it over the same way you'd fold over bias fact, a lot of people make their own bias binding because it wears better, but I don't find that the edges of my quilts get much wear, so I just fold it over double to the front so it's folded over the front by about 3/8-1/2 inch and I usually hand sew it down, but you could use the machine. About the corners. Sometimes I fold the corner down and as I'm getting to the corners from the sides, I form a miter. Sometimes I do a lap. Hope it helps. Good luck with your quilt. Let me know if you have more questions.

    tape! Excellent idea! I have been making quilts for 3 years now and have dreading and putting off my current quilt as I couldn't get it to lay flat, was tired of crawling around on the floor and have a bad rotator cuff. I have both tile and wood floors ready to get this done now thanks

    So happy it will help with your projects.

    I love the concept of taping down the backing to a tile floor. Great idea! I will give this a try on my next quilt. Thank you!

    Good luck. Thanks for writing.