Remember this project? This picture shows the three sections of this quilt, which I am quilting separately, layered with batting and backing. The quilting went fairly quickly, and this week I finally got around to setting the sections together.
There are lots of ways to do this, and several books that describe them (I think I own most of them). Over the years, I've been evolving a way that works for me.
When I do this, I use a two-layer seam--just the top of one section and the top of the other section. I fold the batting and backing out of the way, and use lots of pins to secure the seam. (When quilting, I have to make sure not to quilt too close to the edge of each section. If I do, it's much harder to get the backing and batting out of the way. Sometimes I have to resort to the trusty seam ripper. Sigh.) I like to allow at least an inch un-quilted on each edge.
Next, I smooth the upper layer of backing over the seam, turn the edge under (at least half and inch), and pin. I'm working to make it very smooth and very flat.
The next step is blind stitching the backing in place. I usually work with the quilt on the kitchen table, to keep the quilt flat.
I still need to quilt the sashings where the pieces are joined (this will quilt down any loose batting), and quilt the borders. Maybe tomorrow?
On another note, don't you just love summer? I think it's finally here! On Thursday, I washed some of our everyday quilts, and hung them on the clothesline. The wind dried them in a hurry. This is not recommended for antique quilts, of course, but it works fine for the ones we use for cover when reading or watching TV.
I just noticed--all the quilts in this picture are quilt-as-you-go quilts too!