Thursday, September 26, 2013


I am a member of an Art Quilt Guild called GreatFul Threads.  For our programs this year we have been doing chapters in a book called Art Quilts Workbook by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston.

The chapter I signed up to demo as a program was the chapter on finishing our quilt pieces.

As I went through my collection of quilted pieces I chose some to show as examples of different techniques for finishing the project.
This piece was made by Susan Cooper and given to me.  Susan does lots of art quilts in this style.  She has chosen to leave this raw edge and simply stitch around it with decorative stitches.

This next piece uses a facing method for finishing the edges.  The label is written directly on the facing.

In this piece the "facing" has mitered corners and is stitched down by hand.

I use orphan blocks to make quilt sandwiches and use these to practice quilting patterns or thread before I quilt my main project.  After these are quilted out, I make place mats from them.  In this one I used a technique of finishing by bringing the backing to the front as the binding.  This is not a favorite technique of mine because I don't care for the corner finish.  It is possible to miter these corners, too.

On this one I used a length of jewelry chain as a hanger which I attached to the back with safety pins.

See the safety pin?


For this little art quilt I chose to do the folded triangle corners and then a wooden skewer stick for the hanger.
This pic is rotated!  Do I know why? No, I don't!!

This is an autumn favorite of mine.  This Log Cabin throw has these wonderful fall colors.  On this one I chose to put the hanging sleeve and the label together and then to attach it totally by machine.

A new technique I did was the "no-binding" way of finishing a project by using a facing.

After quilting the piece, cut a strip of fabric to attach to each side of the quilt.  This will be a single fold type of binding that is only on the back.

These strips are cut at 1 1/2".

After stitching this onto the front of the quilt, turn it to the back and fold the other side up to the quilt and press.  I love to use glue to baste the binding to the quilt. Then fold this piece over the backing and stitch down by machine.

I also used it to baste these pieces before stitching.

My label went on the front of this piece.  This will hang on the door to my studio.

What a fun chapter to demo!



  1. that's a lot of work Sandi- thanks for sharing.

  2. Very informative program Sandi, thank you!

  3. And I'm glad you demo'ed this chapter because you shared your ideas with all of us out here in cyber world!! Great tips and fun examples !

  4. I'm sorry that I missed the meeting last night....and especially your program! Thank you so-o-o-o much for posting these projects :-)

    1. Missed seeing you too, BJ. It was fun. Glad you enjoyed the post.