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Step 20: Quilt sandwich - pinning and trimming.

You want to pin through all three layers around the outside of the quilt.

Once the outside is pinned, trim all around the edges. I normally leave a couple inches on each side.
(And keep the excess fabric from the sheet - we're going to be using that to make the binding!)

Now, if you're really worried that you might have bumps - flip the quilt over and check out the back once it's pinned around the edges.

In this case, my sheet wasn't wanting to play nice (see the bumps on picture 3?), so I pinned and smoothed one more time. Once you're satisfied, flip it back over and pin like a madperson.

Seriously, pin all over. The more pins you have, the smoother it'll stay while sewing. As long as your pins are in the middle of squares, you'll be fine. :)

Great tutorial!! I am wondering what type of machine you use. I'm wanting to start some basic quilting but am not sure how large/powerful a machine is necessary. There are plenty of affordable smaller ones that look similar to the one pictured in this instructable but I'd hate to buy one and have it not work for what I want it for.
<p>The one I was using for this quilt is a Brother XL-2610. About $100 bucks and a pretty good machine, but I think I may have killed it after three quilts. Also not very powerful, so it sews slow with the weight of the quilt on it. </p><p>The Brother CS6000i is $150 and much nicer, but still low power! The major issue with these two machines are that they are about 90% plastic and not as durable, so if you plan to sew a lot, they may not be a good investment!<br><br>I'm currently using the Janome HD1000 - it's about $300 and absolutely wonderful. You can sew demin and leather on it, which is awesome. And it's a total workhorse, sews fast and neat all the time. I highly recommend it! Also easier for a beginner because it's not computerized. :) </p>
<p>this is my First Quilt ever!!! It took one week :). I did it!)))</p>
<p>Looks amazing!</p>
Thanks!!!
<p>One week for your first quilt. Your amazing :-). What a testimonial for this instructable. </p>
<p>This quilt is absolutely beautiful. I hope someday to do something almost as nice</p>
Thank you! I'm sure you will!
<p>AWESOME! What a recommendation for this instructable :-) Pretty blue theme!</p>
<p>thanks alot!</p>
<p>Absolutely beautiful!! :D</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
That nice is it hard to do
<p>thanks!</p>
<p>Made this for my wife, as a late xmas gift... (she thought it was worth the wait). Has picture from all the major events of out life together. Thanks for posting this tutorial. Between this tutorial, and one other site, i was able to put this together. Thanks!</p>
<p>Incredible - was this your first effort? Amazing!</p>
<p>My first quilt ever :)</p><p>Took everything but the pattern, used the squares a bit different to form the frames. Got a machines with embroidery functions so wanted to try it out on some project and this was it. The fabric is all reclaimed items from the house (cloths no one likes anymore, old pillowcases... ). Guide is absolutely fantastic. So clear and pictures are just what you need up close. Thank you so much! </p>
<p>Awesome!! Beautiful work.</p>
<p>You're welcome! Your quilt looks amazing!! :D</p><p>So awesome that you were able to make it from items around the house!</p>
<p>excellent instructions. Recommended to mainly use 100% cotton for backing so bought some great material from textile traders. Made a small playmat for my 3month old. Thanks.</p>
<p>That's so cute! Great job. :D </p><p>I love the borders and the print!</p>
Thank you!
:-)
I wear Hawaiian print shirts as a general rule and I have closets full of old shirts that frayed around the collars and are unusable as office shirts. My daughter just got married and bought a new house and I wanted to make her a housewarming present out of my old shirts. I thought either a few throw pillows or a quilt. Quilts look daunting, and although your ible is very easy to read I'm not sure I would have the patience to do the bias. The 9 squares seem easy enough though. <br> <br>On a related note I had a grandmother who made quilts and used old army wool blankets that she picked up at surplus stores for the inserts instead of the batting. Those were the warmest and coziest blankets I ever owned.
What an amazing idea using wool blankets!! Stealing it, haha! There are lots of surplus stores in the bay area so I'll have to go look around. :D
I left the Bay Area right around the time the &quot;Internet&quot; was making it on the scene. How I wished I had that resource to find all these surplus stores you speak of. I only knew of a couple of them.
I LOVE the wool blanket insert idea! Thank you : )
Here is my version! Thank you for your wonderful instructions.
Yaaaay! It looks great, I love the colors :D
It's been a while since I first saw this instructable, but I wanted to show you the quilt I just finished last month. Your instructions were so clear and easy to follow, I was inspired. Thanks!
Ahhhhhhhhh! So awesome. :D I love the colors!
<p>I am planning to make this quilt but I have charm packs of 5&quot; squares. I don't want to cut them all down to 4&quot; squares. Can you advise how many 5&quot; sqaures/how many 9 patch blocks to use for a queen size quilt using 5&quot; squares?</p>
My 1st quilt- I love it . <br>Followed these instructions to the letter , pictures were so helpful.
<p>That is beautiful! Love the colors and patterns you chose. :D</p>
Thankyou
These wete the best instructions ever!! Thank you so much! This is my first quilt! I made it for my husband and he loves it!!!
<p>Yay!! You're welcome. You did a great job :D </p>
So I really want to make a thin, warm but breathable quilt, but it needs to be durable. I also really wanted for different colors to be on both sides, I mean like the patterned squares on both sides. Would I still need a backing to make sure it stayed together for a long while, or do you think I could get away with out?
<p>I think you could get away without a backing, for sure! You may want to quilt diagonally across the squares to add strength to it if it will be used all the time, though. :)</p>
I made this as a memory quilt for my mom using my Nana's old clothing. This was a great tutorial that was easy to follow. I had some sewing experience but had never done a quilt before. Thank you!
<p>Oh, what a lovely idea. Love quilts made from clothes. You did an amazing job!</p>
These were by far the easiest instructions. I am already making my second one!!!
<p>Your binding looks fantastic! Amazing work. :D</p>
<p>wow great design! I think I'll make it with my bff</p>
<p>thanks going to try this hope it turns out like yours</p>
<p>Wonderful clear instructions. Thanks. </p>
<p>Thank you for this, very informative and gives me the confidence to give it a go one day soon! </p>
<p>excellent wordmanship, I wish I could be that good at writing.</p>
Thank you so much for posting this! I am venturing into new grounds, and i want to try this!! So helpful, so simple! This is the first tutorial i have found that explains it easy for me and doesnt seem over complicated. Eeekkk! Im so excited!
<p>Thanks for posting these instructions, I couldn't have made this quilt without them. The instructions were very thorough and easy to follow. </p>