Yesterday, we left off after piecing the top of our quilted trivet. Now, it’s time to quilt it!
Step 10: Layer your backing piece (10″x10″), your batting, and your quilt top together and then pin securely with safety pins.
Step 11: Now you will sew all of the layers together. I used a walking foot on my machine (it’s a presser foot that “walks” along each seam so that your layers don’t get squished and moved out of place.) to “stitch in the ditch” or sew along the seam between the center squares and the borders.
Then, I quilted a second line about a quarter inch away from this one. And, I quilted a line 1/4″ from the edge of the very middle square. You can see it better in this photo:
**Note: When you start or stop a seam, you want to either take a few stitches in the exact same spot or backstitch (stitch backwards over the seam) to prevent your seam from coming out. I stitched in place in for the center square where the stitching is very visible and back stitched on the other seams.
Step 12: Once you have finished your quilting, you sew the binding on around the edges. First, cut a strip of fabric that is 2″ wide and long enough to reach all the way around your trivet plus a few inches. (Usually, I make my binding a little narrower, but I think it’s easier as a beginner to have a little more to work with!)
***If you’ve sewn binding before just skip these directions and sew on your binding!***
Step 13: Press your binding strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. (Pretty side out!)
Step 14: Align the binding’s raw edge along the raw edge of one side of your quilted square. I would recommend aligning the end of the binding strip with the middle of the square’s side and then beginning your seam 1/4 of the length of the square away from the corner. (Basically, you want to leave a “tail” a few inches long that is NOT sewn down and you don’t want the end of that tail to be at the corner of the square)
Step 15: Sew the binding down using a 1/4″ seam allowance. When you get 1/4″ away from the corner, stop sewing. Put the needle down into the fabric, lift up your presser foot and pivot your fabric 90 degrees. Lower the presser foot and back stitch a few stitches until you are off the edge of the quilt. Then, do this to your binding strip:
Then keep sewing! Here’s another view of how the corners look:
Step 16: Once you sew all the way around, you need to sew the two ends of your binding strip together. I don’t have a very clear way of describing how to do this other than sewing the two ends together so that when they are laid flat, they will be the right length.
This is how it will look once you’ve sewn it all down.
***If you need more help with binding, check out this great resource from SewMamaSew!***
Step 17: Trim the excess batting and backing fabric.
Step 18: Now, we will hand sew the binding down to the back with a slip stitch. Grab your needle and thread. Tie a knot in one end of your thread and make a small stitch just through the backing fabric- not all the way to the front.
Step 19: Now fold the binding over to lay flat against the back and pull the needle up through the very edge of the binding.
Step 20: Pull the needle all the way through and then reinsert it just below where it came out. Slide the needle under the backing for a 1/4″ or so and then poke it up through the edge of the binding again.
When you get to the corner, fold it over in a mitered (angled) corner, take a few stitches to hold the corner down and then continue down the side as before.
Once you’ve sewn all the way around, you’re done! Congratulations, you’ve finished a quilt. (Even if it is a tiny one!)
Let me know if you try this project- I’d love to see it! And please feel free to ask any questions if you need to!
Thanks for reading,