Some of it looks gaudy, some looks cute.
The stitches are tiny even though they look big!
Before you start stitching one of these
bad babies up - you should always
cut the backing fabric at least an
inch larger all around than the top.
And also make sure that the top
is bigger so that you will
not have any trouble binding
You must either tie a quilt or hand-stitch
or machine-stitch a quilt first
before you bind the edges.
TO TIE A QUILT
If you are going to tie the quilt, use
embroidery or cross-stitch floss. That will
act as yarn. Tie a knot in each block and
at each corner of the block.
TO HAND-STITCH A QUILT
When you want to stitch one of these quilts to make
it look somewhat realistic - you should hand stitch
each block or at least the strips.
If you look real close you will see that I have
hand quilted each block of this quilt.
Sometimes I do not put anything on
the inside of these little quilts,
because it can make the bed quilt
If I use anything, then it is a 'Bounce' dryer sheet.
When you hand-quilt, please be sure to
stop hand-stitching at least 1/2 inch away
from the outside edge.
Afterwards, you can finish hand-stitch
the blocks after you bind the quilt.
Binding or Finishing the quilt is then done
in 3 ways.
1. If you stopped hand-stitching 1/2 inch
away from the outer edge
then you can trim and turn
the excess backing fabric to the inside
of the quilt. Then, trim and turn the top to the inside.
Hand or machine the edges closed.
Then finish hand-stitching the blocks.
2. If needed, trim away any excess fabric on the backing.
Turn the front over and turn under a little
of the fabric before stitching closed.
3. Trim and cut any excess backing fabric.
Stitch either ribbon or a strip of
fabric to the quilt top, make the sure the seam
faces the back. Then hand-stitch the
ribbon or strip to the backside. If using fabric
then be sure to turn under the seam
first before stitching it down.
Ribbon does not fray, so you can just
hand-stitch it down - much faster!
I like my mini quilts to be large!