We are excited to share with you the quick and easy way to quilt a quilt at your home. You can finally make that baby quilt you have always wanted to make becuase now you get to learn that part of the quilt that is always to intimidating. No more. Today we are going to show you how to add the batting to your quilt and how to quilt the three layers together. Once again, this is a perfect quilt for beginners because it’s so simple yet so cute! Let’s begin.
1) Cut your backing so that it is 3″ bigger than your quilt. Our quilt that we made was 39″ by 39″ so our backing that we cut was 42″ x 42″.
2) Iron the backing
3) Find an open space on the floor or a big table and lay your backing out completely flat right side down (patterns facing down).
4) Cut the batting the same size as the backing (42″ x 42″)
5) Carefully lay the batting on top of the backing and make sure all the creases are out.
6) Lay the quilt top right side up on top of the batting and make sure it’s completely flat with no wrinkles or creases.
7) Start pinning! Pin every other square, skip a row and pin every other square in the next row.
Tip: Make sure you get all 3 layers (backing, batting, quilt top) in your pinning.
8) Quilt all three layers together by sewing straight lines along the diagonal seams. This technique is called “stitch in the ditch” because you are sewing right in the crease. Start by sewing as close to the middle of the quilt as you can to avoid bunching.
Tip: When you are quilting, always work from the middle out.
9) When you have finished sewing the rows for the first half of the quilt, begin sewing the other half of the quilt by starting from the middle and sewing outward in the opposite direction.
10) You’re finished! Now give yourself a little pat on the back and stare at your beautiful quilt. It was really that simple. You can finally conquer that step everyone seems to be missing. I know it is fun making the quilt top but it is always even more fun to actually complete the project and have a finished quilt rather than a finished top!