Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First September finish...........

This is one of a series of 5 that I made when I returned from my trip to NC in June 2012.  The only edge that is straight is the top edge.  The other 3 were left at whatever slight angles they had when I finished piecing.  I used facings on 3 sides and binding on the top edge.  This was quilted several months ago and has been waiting patiently for its edge finish.  Most of them have a one word name and I think this one might be Tilt! or Tilted or maybe it needs to be Falling In or Spiraling In.
I get questions every time I mention facings (and usually from a no reply) so I thought I would explain a little this time.  Place the facing right sides together with the front of the quilt. Then sew it with the facing on the bottom, quilt on top so you can follow the edge of the quilt, along curves etc. If there were curves or corners in the quilt edge, clipping into the seam allowance would be necessary to get it to lay flat when turned. Next pull the facing out away from the top and edge stitch on the right side of the facing through the facing piece and the seam.  Then it is all turned to the back of the quilt and pressed, which is shown in this photo. 
 









Turn the edge of the facing under and hand stitch it to the backing and batting.



The edge of this quilt required a deep facing, about 4-5" to be able to stitch along the shapes on the edge and still have enough facing fabric to turn under and hem.  There were lots of places that needed clipping into the seam allowance to be able to turn it to the back.






Here are the four together that are finished.  I have one more to quilt and I think it may be the largest one.  From left to right the sizes of these are: 39" x 44", 30" x 40", 28" x 29.5" and 34" x 33".  Only the third from the left has all straight edges.  The rest were left wonky.

11 comments:

Linda Swanekamp said...

I just love these, they are so happy! I would really like to attempt one of these, but they are too small except for a wallhanging. I find no one wants any of my wall hangings. I don't know why people don't want to hang small quilts. Maybe it is just my part of the country.

Sylvia Anderson said...

Hi Wanda....I like the name Tilted, since it puts me in mind of how a walk when getting up in the morning. LOL They are truly fun to look at with all their happy colors and tilted walls. Hope you have a good day.

JJM said...

Fun to see your 'wonky' series all together. And for those that didn't know what a facing was, your photo's and directions tells it all.

JJM

Elaine said...

Thanks for the facing tute-took me back to dressmaking in high school. That must have been fun trying to face the one you used as an example with the rocky edge. They are happy quilts just as the other ladies said-no other word for them.

patty a. said...

Congratulations on you first finish for the month! I demonstrated a facing binding at the last MQG meeting. I am surprised how many people do not know how to so this.

Muddling Through said...

I really like these pieces. They always make me think of Alice in Wonderland and the hallway getting smaller and smaller and smaller!

Charlotta said...

I love, love, love this quilt! And I so want to make one! My only "regret" is that there's a fairly "small" limit on how big a quilt like this can be, unless you piece the strips. I take it that you don't do that, ever, right?
And like one of the other commenters said, that means it can only be a small wall hanging. I tend to make very few wall hangings. So if I make one, I'll probably either piece strips - either create longer strips of the various fabrics, or piece different fabrics together to make the strips long enough.

Carol E. said...

Wonderful quilts... the Sept one looks like a Secret Door. I love the concept, so that's what I would name it. Titled works, too, though. :-)

Needled Mom said...

Nice finish! Thanks for the tutorial on the facings.

Sheila said...

I LOVE this collection!

Linda said...

Hi Wanda I was wondering if you teach online or if you sell any of your patterns. Also which books do you recommend for learning about color. Love your quilts. Linda