By Dawn, Nov 1 2015 09:32PM
If you've been following the Quilt-along since April, you'll know in spare moments it's been sew, sew, sew! Our panels have been pieced, layered into quilt sandwiches and quilted, and now these panels are ready to be joined together - hope you've been enjoying the skinny dippin' sewing too.
To join the panels:
1. Peel back the top of the quilt along the edges to be joined, so the top layer is kept well away from the wadding / backing.
For the backing, I chose plain white cotton, though in hindsight I should have used a backing which showed up better in the photographs, the white cotton tends to blend too much into the colour of the wadding - I'm really sorry this isn't clearer in the photos. (Note to self: must remember this next time!)
2. Pin the top layers with right sides together, then sew leaving a 1/2" seam.
TIP Use safety pins to hold wadding / backing from getting in the way when sewing.
With wrong side of quilt uppermost, press the seam.
3. Smooth the wadding over the seam, you'll find the wadding overlaps, so trim one edge of wadding so that when flat the edges of the wadding touch.
Use a slip stitch to join the 2 pieces of wadding and help keep them in place.
4. Smooth down the backing over the wadding, again the cotton overlaps, but this time we're not going to trim, instead using a water erasable pen draw a straight line 1/4" in from one edge.
Fold the backing under along this edge, to give a nice clean straight fold. Handstitch to hold in place.
5. Once the quilted panels have been sewn together both front and back, stay-stitch (machine sew on a long stitch setting) around the quilt, 1cm from the edge.
Now the 3 panels have been joined our Quilt measures 36" x 42" and it's ready to either be bound, or if you prefer, add borders before binding.
If adding borders prepare them by cutting the top fabric, wadding and backing to the size needed to frame your quilt. (Tip: Measure twice, cut once!)
Layer then quilt the top/wadding/backing sandwich. Then sew the borders around the edges of the quilt, in a similar way to joining the panels above.
Next time, we'll be nearly there - Yay! and sharing some of the blocks which have been made during the Quilt-along. So if you've made any (or all) of the blocks using our patterns we'd love to see them, whether it's beach huts, bunting, little whales or pinwheels.
Send us a photo using our Contact page, or post a photo on our Facebook page of your Skinny Dippin' Quilt-along block (or blocks) before 30th November and we'll enter you into the Giveaway, to win a gorgeous Daysail charm pack.
Till then happy sewing x