I finished quilting my little quilt, Requisite Red. George behaved admirably once I put in Magnifico by Superior Threads. Magnifico is a 40 weight polyester thread specifically designed to stand up to the tension requirements of a machine like George. I used prewound bobbins of Bottom Line thread. I was able to achieve an acceptable tension with very little trouble. What a relief!
I decided to use facing to finish the edges of this quilt instead of binding it. Do you have a hammer in your tool box? That’s the secret to nice flat corners.
In the first photo above, you can see how the corner looks when it is simply pressed with an iron. Even after it is stitched down, I don’t think the edge of the quilt will lie perfectly flat. It will always be bulky and rounded. In the second photo, I put a scrap of fabric over the corner and hammered it several times. The scrap of fabric keeps the backing fabric from developing an unwanted sheen from the hammering. Now the edge lies much flatter and less bulky. Once it is stitched down, it lies perfectly flat. That’s what I like to see!
My other hint, whether you are using facing or traditional binding, is to use a fabric glue stick to hold down the edge so you can hand stitch it. I like Lapel Stick (no affiliation, of course) because it goes on smoothly and holds really well. Using glue stick instead of pinning means you aren’t going to get poked while you sew, and the thread won’t get tangled around the pins. So much nicer!
Ah, time to relax and play with Hazel since I’ve met my deadline.