|Adding backing strips with edges ironed under over batting, which
has been whip stitched to block seam allowances
I’ve never made a “quilt-as-you-go” quilt before. This piece, however, was my attempt to both satisfy my personal challenge to complete a 5 x 7 art piece each week along with preparing a piece to enter in the Contemporary QuiltArt Association’s upcoming “Salsa!” Show.
I have to admit I’m a bit behind on my weekly 5×7’s, but putting together the Salsa quilt, as well as some other projects, have taken priority for me right now. I’ll be getting back to my 5 x 7’s soon enough.
|Front side of my Salsa quilt with sashing|
So, now that I have all my blocks done, how do I put it all together without having a problem of differing amounts of layers in the sashing versus the blocks? The way I solved this puzzle is to start with making the sashing and puting the front side all together.
Then, I turned it over and carefully cut pieces of batting to fit right between the blocks seam allowances, so that the batting would be consistently uniform across the quilt. I chose to do the vertical pieces between the blocks, then the long horizontal strips, and afterwards the vertical borders.
|Batting cut and added between blocks vertically|
After cutting all the batting to size, I did a long whip-stitch to hold the batting in place while I will be freemotion quilting the sashing. I then cut pieces of the backing fabric about 3/4″ wider than the finished width of the sashing and pressed under the edges of these strips with my steam iron.
|Batting Whip-stitched to seam allowance of blocks|
Next, I carefully hand-stitched down the strips over the batting and seam allowances of the blocks.
While this might not be the most expedient (or fast) method, I think the outcome will be quite nice. Next step is going to be freemotion quilting the sashing/borders!
|Batting added other than vertical border; backing
strips added to vertical centers
|Backing strips all added and ready to hand-stitch|
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