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Layering a Quilt

Sandwiching a quilt

Part 3 of 7 How to Make a Small Quilt

This is a fast and easy way to make small quilts. I also use this method when adding prairie points or decorative trim like rick rack to the edges of any size quilt.

  1. Cut a piece of quilt batting the size of the quilt top
  2. Cut the backing fabric for the quilt the same size as the quilt top
  3. Lay the quilt batting on a table
  4. Lay the quilt top over the batting right side up
  5. Align all sides
  6. Lay the quilt backing face down over the quilt top
  7. Align all sides


Pin around the edges holding all 3 layers in place for sewing.


At the machine put on the inch foot - see tutorial how to use this foot

Start at the bottom of the quilt about 3-4 inches from the corner.

Sew along the edge of the quilt using inch seam allowance.

Sew off the end



Start sewing along the next side at the edge of the quilt sandwich and sew  inch seam allowance


Sew off the end

    Note: this particular method creates sharper corners. I learned this from Nancy Zieman.

Repeat with the next 2 sides of the quilt


When you have returned to the bottom, continue sewing inch seam allowance leaving about 8 inches open for turning the quilt.

Sew the corners again about 1 thread width outside the previous stitching.

To reduce bulk, clip the corners. To do this I clip off the corner about 1/16 inch from the corner stitching. Then I clip a bit more off each side at an angle.


Fimbria Flowers

Reach into the opening and pull the quilt right side out through the 8 inch opening

Use your favorite tool to push out the corners - I use blunt tip scissors inside the quilt.

Once turned RSO I use my stiletto to pull out the rest of the corners.


At the iron, roll the seam between your thumb and index finger to get the seam flush.

Press - Careful not to burn yourself!

You will need to do this an inch or two at a time all around.

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At the opening, press under inch of the backing fabric

Press under inch of the quilt top and batting.

Align the two folded edges and pin in place.

Once pins are in place don’t press this area again until the opening is sewn shut and the pins are out. Otherwise the impression of the pins will show.

Front Side



The Baroque Collection

Press the quilt on the right side and on the wrong side to smooth out the fabric in preparation for the quilting. When pressing the backside of the quilt be sure to keep the embroidery over a thick terry towel or wool press mat to prevent crushing the embroidery.

Top stitch all the way around the edge of the quilt  1/8th inch inch from the edge. This will close the opening and keep the seam edge of the quilt flush. I use a straight stitch. Remove pins as you come to them.

I use the depression in my inch foot to maintain a 1/8 inch stitch line - see Quarter Inch Presser Foot


Continue with this tutorial in this order:

  1. How to Quilt a Quilt
  2. How to Make a Quilt Label
  3. Quilt Sleeve
  4. Laura’s affordable Method of Hanging a Quilt






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