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Quilt Finishing

Quilt Finishing is the process of completing the quilt by adding a finished edge and any other requirements based on the use of the quilt. While adding a single or double fold binding is very common, there are other means to finish and edge, such as prairie points, facing, rattail edge, and using backing pulled to the front of a quilt to form binding. Quilters trim the excess batting and backing, square up the quilt, then apply the edging. If the quilt is to be used as a wall hanging or hung in a show, a sleeve on the back may be required. The finishing edge of your quilt can be decorative as well as functional. Historians would add your quilt is not finished until there is a label!

Benefits of Quilt Finishing

  • Adding a finished edge to you quilt covers the raw edges and holds the quilt together.
  • Binding and other methods of edging protect the edges of your quilt from excessive wear.
  • There are a wide variety of ways to bind a quilt with decorative edges designed to compliment the quilt.
  • Quilt Finishing also consider how the quilt will be used or displayed.
  • A label on the quilt with the maker, quilter, date and location will make future generations and quilt historians happy.

Tools and Supplies for Quilt Finishing

  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • Sewing machine
  • Tools and Supplies based on Quilt Finishing technique
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Quilt Finishing

QUILT FINISHING takes on many forms than a simple binding. If you want to try something new, chose a smaller project as a test run!

Quilt Finishing Resources