Finishing the Quilt's Outer Edges

©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Stitching around the outside edges before the quilt is quilted

Decide how you will finish the outer edges of your quilt before you prepare for quilting. Traditionally, the outer edges of quilts are encased in binding after the quilt is quilted. The binding wears better than other options, so the time spent applying the binding is worth it if you want the quilt to last a long time. Binding techniques are described on our Binding Quilts page.

Some faster techniques, however, are done before the quilt is quilted. They include placing the right sides of the quilt top and backing together over the batting and stitching around the outside edges, leaving an opening through which the quilt is turned. Then the opening is slip-stitched closed.


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