Finishing Your Quilt: Step by Step

When you’ve finally finished making your completed quilt squares, what’s next on the list? The quilting, of course! In this article, we’ll walk you through all the steps you’ll need to finish your quilt, including assembling the blocks, adding batting and backing, attaching the binding and any finishing touches that are needed to complete your beautiful work of art.

What You Need

  • Pins
  • Completed quilting squares
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine 
  • Walking foot (optional)
  • Backing
  • Batting (optional)
  • Quilters Pins 
  • Clear monofilament thread (for top of quilt)
  • Red thread (for bottom of quilt)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Binding fabric

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To create our quilt blocks, we’ve combined designs from our Crazy Christmas Quilt Blocks and our Foundations collections. The Crazy Christmas Quilt Blocks are a great way to bust your stash around the holidays, making it an economical option, while the Foundations collection provides you with a range of quilt block shapes, going beyond squares to give you options for rectangles, borders and mitered corners to create a quilt of outstanding embroidered beauty.

Step 1: Sewing Quilt Blocks Together

Main Takeaways

  • Use a half-inch seam allowance 
  • Take your time lining up the seams of rows. Use lots of pins to keep everything in place. This can take a bit of time but will ensure the final quilt rows are nice and straight.
  • After all the rows are sewn together, go back and finish the mitered corners.

In this video, we review how to sew your quilt blocks together to create the top of the quilt. We start by laying all of our squares out and sewing blocks into rows, starting from top to bottom. Once all the rows are created, we press all the seams open with an iron before sewing the rows together. After the rows are sewn together, we come back and stitch the mitered corners together. The last step is to press everything open with the iron. 

Step 2: Adding Batting and Backing to Your Quilt

Main Takeaways

  • Your backing should be at least two inches larger than the top of the quilt; ours is two and a half inches.  
  • We like to use two layers of batting, one in the quilt block and one below the top of the quilt, but you don’t have to. If you do use a second layer of batting, make sure it’s tow and a half inches larger than the top of the quilt. 
  • When pinning the materials together, leave enough room around your quilting lines so you can still sew the materials together
  • Start stitching from the center of your quilt first, especially with larger quilt sizes, to hold everything together and prevent the fabric from moving. 

With the top assembled and the seams pressed open, the next step is to layer our batting and backing. Then, we’ll quilt all of our quilt pieces together. We start by pinning the top of the quilt to the layers of batting and backing so that everything stays in place. Next we “stitch in the ditch” (i.e. stitch in between the seams) to sew all of the layers together. We use a clear monofilament thread for the top of the quilt and a red thread for the bottom to match the red backing. The last step is to trim your batting and backing with a half-inch seam allowance. 

Step 3: Add Binding to the Quilt

Main Takeaways

  • Pin together binding strips to keep them in place when seaming them together.
  • The bottom is where the final seam will end up, so start pinning the bottom of the binding to the right front side of the quilt.
  • We think pinning to the front side of the quilt and wrapping around to the back makes for a cleaner finish.
  • Since the binding isn’t visible, you can use a regular thread.
  • When pinning the binding to the back, place pins on an angle so they are easy to remove when switching from the right side all the way around. 

The last step is to cut and apply our binding to our quilts, which should have a half-inch seam allowance around the perimeter. We cut multiple strips of binding fabric that are two and a half inches wide, giving us about ⅝ inch binding for a thicker border. Then we calculate how long our binding needs to be. Our quilt is 23 inches around each side, so we multiply that by 4 to get 92. Our quilt is 44 inches wide, so we use at least 3 strips to go all the way around the quilt. We seam the 3 strips together on a 45-degree angle to create one continuous binding strip. 

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Now that you’ve assembled, batted, backed and bound your quilt, you’ve got a beautiful piece of amazing beauty that will be cherished by your family or customers for many years to come. Did you find some great inspiration in adding embroidered blocks and components to your quilt? Anita Goodesign has many other options available, which you can easily use at a lower cost through our All Access Club. Our All Access Club provides you with easy access to a ton of resources to boost your imagination, provide early access to new designs, and so much more!