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    Pretty soon you all are going to get tired of me asking these but my mind draws blanks some days.

    I'm wanting to put together my quilt, pillow case style I think it's called, where you leave an opening in the quilt to pull it right side out. Ok, here's my question and if you laugh I can hear you ;-)

    How do you do this? I've got it laid out, back material right side up, backing and then the top right side up. Do I sew around the entire outside first and then how do I quilt the top? Will it be all puffy? I've been sitting her all morning trying to figure this out when I could be quilting and decided to come to the Board where I always find help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberta
    How do you do this? I've got it laid out, back material right side up, backing and then the top right side up. Do I sew around the entire outside first and then how do I quilt the top? Will it be all puffy? I've been sitting her all morning trying to figure this out when I could be quilting and decided to come to the Board where I always find help.
    You don't want the back and the top facing the same way.

    I usually do batting, top (right side up), backing (wrong side up).

    Or you can do batting, backing (right side up), top (wrong side up).

    The 2nd is probably better because then you can leave the batting and backing a little bigger and then trim it down after you've stitched around.

    If the quilt top is on the top of the pile, it's much easier to see where you're going as you stitch around.

    Then you can trim it all down to the size of the quilt top.
    Cut off the corners a bit to get rid of some of that bulk.

    Then turn it inside out. YOU can use a pencil eraser or a purple thang or some over doohicky to make the corners are pushed out and the sides are not folded inward.

    Press the edges gently. And then you should be able to tie or machine quilt it.
    You still might want to pin it a bit so the whole sandwich doesn't shift around while you're quilting.

    You can do a stitch around the edges to make a faux binding.

    If you're unsure, just take some 6" scraps and follow the steps so you can see how it would work.

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    Here's another good tutorial:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-143066-1.htm

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    Here's how I would do it. Lay the batting down. Then lay the backing on top of it with the right side facing up. Last lay the quilt top on top of the backing with the right side facing the right side of the backing ( so you'll be looking at the back of the quilt top ). Sew around the edge of the quilt leaving an opening to turn the quilt out. After turning it. Sew the opening closed.

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    It's also really important that your pieces are on the straight of grain. I tried a Quillow once and the fabric was off grain. I could not get it to lay flat and abandoned the project. You may have to trim the corners of the batting so you don't get bulky corner ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by Roberta
    How do you do this? I've got it laid out, back material right side up, backing and then the top right side up. Do I sew around the entire outside first and then how do I quilt the top? Will it be all puffy? I've been sitting her all morning trying to figure this out when I could be quilting and decided to come to the Board where I always find help.
    You don't want the back and the top facing the same way.

    I usually do batting, top (right side up), backing (wrong side up).

    DITTO...thanks for saving me from typing that all...

    Or you can do batting, backing (right side up), top (wrong side up).

    The 2nd is probably better because then you can leave the batting and backing a little bigger and then trim it down after you've stitched around.

    If the quilt top is on the top of the pile, it's much easier to see where you're going as you stitch around.

    Then you can trim it all down to the size of the quilt top.
    Cut off the corners a bit to get rid of some of that bulk.

    Then turn it inside out. YOU can use a pencil eraser or a purple thang or some over doohicky to make the corners are pushed out and the sides are not folded inward.

    Press the edges gently. And then you should be able to tie or machine quilt it.
    You still might want to pin it a bit so the whole sandwich doesn't shift around while you're quilting.

    You can do a stitch around the edges to make a faux binding.

    If you're unsure, just take some 6" scraps and follow the steps so you can see how it would work.

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    The only dumb question is the one not asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willa
    The only dumb question is the one not asked.
    I agree!! There are no dumb questions!

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    There isn't any dumb question about quilting. I had to think for a while before I remembered how to do it. I haven't done one like that in decades. There always seem to be someone who can correctly answer anyone's questions on this board. GOOD LUCK !! :)

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