So I have pieced the three pieces of Grandma’s Kitchen quilt and pinned ready to quilt as Pat Sloan suggests. I am a little behind her so she says first of all to leave one side not quilted to about 1 inch, but then when she quilts her second piece she quilts right to the edge. Okay I think – following like a sheep! And as it turns out – led to the slaughter!!
Here is her way.
And that was all great, but here’s the thing – I had used nice puffy wool batting and Pat has used nice thin cotton batting so this method was great for her but when I did it, it was just far too bulky so I had to adapt.
This is what I did with piece one to piece two. Luckily I had left a wider piece of backing than Pat had so I mucked around and first of all got some of Marti Michell’s one sided tape and ironed it over the seam.
I then folded the back flap over and sewed down one side. It just didn’t want to go right over in one go so this then had to be a two step process because I didn’t want any speed bumps!
Then I sewed over the second side and it was nice and flat feeling on both sides of the quilt. However I did not want to do this when joining the third piece so I left a one inch gap on the bottom of the piece as I quilted. I also chose to put the bottom piece on the top of the quilt as that was an easier section to leave open.
So when I was ready to put on the third piece this is what I did, having learned this from a Craftsy class by Marti Michell.
The backing and batting is cut 1/8th of an inch larger than front of quilt.
Now cut away the batting by 1/2 inch with the front and back out of the way.
Iron on one sided sticky tape to keep batting anchored, pressing to to the backing.
If you want pin the front out of the way.
Match the two pieces together just like Pat shows in her video. This is going to be a far less bulky seam.
Join up the pieces.
And now all is left to do is bring backing over and stitch down by hand, turning a 1/4 inch to neaten as you go.
And it feels good and its difficult to see where it was joined!
I am hand sewing down the binding at present.
When I come to quilt the Splendid Sampler I will certainly be using this method.