6 simple TIPS to go from QUILT TOP to QUILT DONE! by Paul Leger May 13, 2022 written by Paul Leger May 13, 2022 297 During the course of this week, I showed you how to make a memory quilt such as the one I made for my friend Carla’s mother as a Mother’s Day gift. The techniques I used, such as using a ruler and pencil to mark your strips for perfect alignment, were simple and easy with the OLFA rulers, rotary cutters, and mats. These tools made the creative process a pleasant one. As a reminder, here are the tools I had fun using. · OLFA RTY-2/C – Splash Rotary Cutter 45mm · OLFA Tungsten Tool Steel Rotary Blade 45mm · OLFA 121⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler · OLFA 6″ x 12″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler · OLFA 6″ x 24″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler · OLFA Square Rotating Cutting Mat · UNIQUE quilting Clever Clips Small · Sew Easy Freezer Paper for Quilting and Applique A variety of OLFA tools with UNIQUE clever clips and Sew Easy freezer paper Today’s post includes quick tips and recommendations on how I completed the project. Quilting I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most prolific machine quilter, and with a limited budget I can’t send out all my quilts to be quilted by a professional with a long arm machine. When I decide to quilt my own quilts, I keep it simple. There’s nothing wrong with simply quilting straight lines. The line can be marked as I did on this quilt. I quilted ¼” on each side of the lattice strips and around each photo. If I make a quilt I know will be used and washed often, I quilt it a bit more. Simple quilting complements any quilt. Another simple option for quilting a memory quilt. Trimming the quilt’s edge After I baste my quilt, I always roughly trim the batting and backing to approximately ½” from the quilt top’s edge. Then once the quilting is completed, with the help of an OLFA ruler and rotary cutter, I trim the access batting and backing. After quilting is completed, trim away excess batting and backing. Binding strips Before I sew the binding strips together, I draw a 45-degree line on each end of the strip. This is because, when I grab a strip to sew, I just need to find either end as they’re both marked. Mark both ends of the bonding strips. Corners I struggled for years with the corners when putting on binding. My friend Jim recommended I snip a little of the corner after I sew on the binding. This trick works nicely…no more struggles. Snip corners to easily turn the binding over. Wrapping the binding over the edge of the quilt This is probably the easiest part of putting on a binding, but can be tiring for the fingers trying to hold it down. To make this job easier on my fingers, I use small UNIQUE quilting Clever Clips. I place them every few inches, and put them closer together in the corners. UNIQUE Clever Clips hold down the binding. Sewing down binding I personally have no objections to anyone securing the binding edge to the quilt by machine. If you use the right color thread and take care sewing, it can give a nice result. Binding sewn by machine With the quilt quilted and the binding on, Mamma Delfina’s quilt is done. Mama Delfina’s memory quilt As I showed you this week with this memory quilt, quilting doesn’t need to be complicated to be beautiful and appreciated. This week I wrote about some of the tools I have and use to make quilts. Every one of them can make the process so much easier. Take a look at the available OLFA tools, there’s something for all quilting projects. I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s memory quilt project. I look forward to seeing all the quilts everyone makes. This is part 5 of 5 in this series Go back to part 4: Marking the right spots for perfect rows | Strip alignment made easy Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs415free quilt patternfree quilting tutorialMemory quiltsnotionsOLFAOLFA 12.5″ Square Frosted Acrylic RulerOLFA 12½” x 12½” rulerOLFA 6″ x 12″ Frosted Acrylic RulerOLFA 6″ x 24″ Frosted Acrylic RulerOLFA rulersOLFA Splash Rotary Cutter 45mmOLFA Square Rotating Cutting MatOLFA Tungsten Tool Steel Rotary Blade 45mmOliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Ironsew easySew Easy Freezer PaperSew Easy Freezer Paper for Quilting and Applique - 12.1m x 38.1cm (13.2yd x 15″)UNIQUE quilting 12 Clever Clips Small FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Paul Leger I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging! previous post Marking the right spots for perfect rows | Strip alignment made easy next post Wi-Fi on the Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90: WHY it’s IMPRESSIVE! YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.