Begin by laying out your quilt backing with the right side down on a flat surface. Next, layer your quilt batting on top of the backing, and then lay your quilt top right side up. These 3 layers will make your “quilt sandwich”.
Take a look at the back of your quilt top, and take a moment to trim and dark threads that are fraying away into the lighter colored sections of your quilt. It’ll look nicer when you’re done if you don’t see dark threads peeking through the lighter colors!
Grab your Odif 505 spray adhesive and spray it between the layers to adhere them all together temporarily. This process of spraying the layers together is called Basting your quilt, and you can see exactly how I do it on the video! I like to spray down the batting to the backing first, separating it into 2 sections. Next, I’ll spray the batting onto the quilt top, also separating that into 2 sections. Once you’ve sprayed the 3 layers together, check to make sure that all 4 corners are secure. Spray a little extra if necessary.
Once your quilt sandwich is basted together, we get to plan out our quilting design. There are TONS of quilting options out there, and one of my go-to favorites is straight line quilting. Before taking the quilt to the sewing machine, I like to mark my lines using a Hera Marker so I know exactly where to stitch later on. You could also use an erasable pen or chalk to mark your quilt. The reason I love using the Hera Marker is that it creates creases on the fabric that do not stay visible long-term, and I don’t have to worry about them washing out later on.
Mark your straight lines wherever you plan on quilting.
Next, take the quilt sandwich to your sewing machine and stitch directly on the lines! I personally love how this step is peaceful & repetitive. My best tip for successful straight line quilting is to go SLOW. I also recommend using a nice sharp needle and filling up your bobbin before beginning. Start in the middle and work your way out towards the edges of the quilt.
After the quilting is all complete, trim off the excess batting and backing fabrics around all 4 edges of the quilt top. It helps to use a rotary cutter, but you could also use scissors if that’s what you have !
Take your 2.5” wide strips of fabric and sew them together to make one super long strip. Next, fold & press it in half so the raw edges are together. This is what will bind your quilt around all the edges.
Pin & sew the binding down to the front side of the quilt, leaving long tails at both ends.The raw edges of the binding strip will line up with the raw edges of the quilt. For best results, make sure your binding seam doesn’t hit any of the corners.
Join the two ends of the binding by creating 1 inch of overlap and then sewing a ½” seam, and then sew that last part of the binding down.
Next, fold the binding over to the back of the quilt. Press into place and baste with glue if desired. Stitch the binding onto the back of the quilt either by hand or by machine.