There are many different ways to face a quilt, but this is my favorite technique. This method reduces bulk in the corners, and the stay stitching makes a nice clean turned edge. A folded square at each corner stabilizes the quilt edges with straight-of-grain fabric, but the bias across the back, makes a nice smooth corner. Stay stitching along the straight strips gives a nice clean turned edge.
Quilt facings are commonly used in modern, contemporary and art quilts to allow the viewer’s eye to enjoy the design of the quilt without the hard line of a binding on the edge. But bindings can complement a quilt’s design, like adding a picture frame to a picture. There is a purpose for both quilt edge finishes! Pick the one that best suits your current project.
What does it mean to face a quilt?
Facing a quilt means that the quilting goes all of the way to the edge of the quilt. There is no binding that wraps around the edge on front and back. The facing only shows on the back of the quilt. This gives a quilt a clean finish without the binding that is on traditional quilts.
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