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    Senior Member Aully's Avatar
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    SO I am stuck, LOL! Newbie question.

    When you do the quilting part do you turn the top and back inside out and then do the quilting? or do you do it with the right side out? Do you sew the edges closed before you do the quilting?

    I have a wall hanging panel that I am making into a quilt and would like to stitch around the border of it.

    Thanks for the help! :)

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    Generally --- you lay the back on your table, wrong side up. Then the batting, then the top - right side up. Pin together or baste really good. Quilt the top -- then put the binding on and sew closed. The border would be put on and considered part of the top. Go to Youtube.com and type in "quilting"...you'll see a lot of tutorials, including ones for beginners. Good luck and be sure to post a pic when done!

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    You can also google "how to make a quilt" for some good info. Good luck, have fun, and yes, please post when you're done.

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    Different methods for putting one together, research will be several options, pick the one you think will work best for you, and if after your done don't care for it try a new method. Good Luck.... You can do it!

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    There is a method called the pillow turn, where you layer the top fabric down on the backing and the batting, sew around 3 sides and leaving a space to turn in the 4th seam. Then you turn it and hand stitch the seam closed.

    I don't like that method because I have a hard time keeping everything straight. My result has been wonky or skewed.

    Now, I do a standard sandwich. Lay the background fabric on a flat surface WRONG SIDE UP (I tape mine down so it is nice and taut). I lay the batting on the backing smoothing it nice and flat. Now I put the top on - PATTERN SIDE UP again smoothing the top down flat.

    Many people pin baste (I pin baste about hand width apart). Some people baste with long basting stitches.

    Then you quilt the quilt. Finally, add the binding and you are done. Easy breezy - right?

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    Most people use the pillow case method when they are going to hand tie their quilts.
    It is very difficult to keep the layers flat and in place while quilting with that method, even if you pin baste it to death....

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Generally --- you lay the back on your table, wrong side up. Then the batting, then the top - right side up. Pin together or baste really good. Quilt the top -- then put the binding on and sew closed. The border would be put on and considered part of the top. Go to Youtube.com and type in "quilting"...you'll see a lot of tutorials, including ones for beginners. Good luck and be sure to post a pic when done!
    What is basting?

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    Basting is simply sewing a running stitch....but making them about 3 stitches per inch. you go over the whole quilt to sew the 3 layers together so they don't shift around while quilting. Seriously, if you go to Google and type in BASTING you may even get pictures. Not that we don't want to help --- but there are so many answers on Google that you can get instantly rather than wait for us!!! I've sewn for years and I go to Google and look up stuff....and learn SOOOO much!

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    Aully youtube.com has alot of good information like others say but you can also go on www.quilterstv.com from your computer for how to as well

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    I think you would be wise to invest in a basic quilting book, such as Carol Doak's "Your First Quilt Book".

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