Quilt Sandwich for Enveloping :
Batting + Backing (right side up) + Quilt Top (Right side down)
Here I have the outer edges pinned and ready to sew. The back and batting are at least 4 inches bigger than the Quilt Top. It helped that I had everything squared up before I got to Camp.
I put a few basting safety pins in the middle just to keep everything stable while I sewed the edges.
Before I could get to the tying, I first needed to layer the backing, batting, and quilt top with the Envelope Method. I saw this method of Enveloping a Quilt at the very first Quilting class I attended back in 2004. The person had a quilt they wanted to tie and a batting that was too thick and puffy to stitch by machine. Now 10 years later, I find myself with a really fluffy fat batt -- a legacy from my family back when their idea of quilting was to take 2 sheets and a batt and tie them together with yarn. I remember the womenfolk gathering at Rosita's house, laying out the old quilt rails (I wonder where they are now?) and setting to work ...
Last spring, I made a string quilt using a foundation fabric to stabilize the strings. It turned out to be quite heavy -- usually these string quilts don't use a batting for that reason (kind of like crazy quilts in that respect). But with the long polar vortex winter we had last year, and this batting taking up space at home, made me want to pull it all together ...
Here I am at the sewing machine stitching the edges. I think I used a 1/2-inch seam for this. I left an opening about 20 inches to turn it. I also trimmed the batting and backing to be the same size at the quilt top BEFORE I turned it right-side-out.
Here I'm stitching a faux binding about 2 inches from the edge. It keeps the batting out to the edges of the quilt. It's kind of like a French Seam.
It was a huge snow drift of a quilt on the table as I was working. Here's my view of the room from my work space. That's my mom --- "lapaya" [Zulu for waaaayyy over there. Sorry--I don't often get to use my language training -- what little I remember of it now! That was always a fun thing to say.]
Here's a good description of the Quick Turn (Envelope) Method. I knew I'd have enough space at Quilt Camp (and enough veteran quilters around to help and give direction when I needed it).
Here's what I learned in the process of Tying a Quilt :
I bought 2 packs of tapestry needles, but they were too dull to poke through the fabric. Fortunately, a lady at Quilt Camp had the perfect Darning Needle, and she let me borrow it.
3) Pattern for setting the yarn :
Down at Point A
Up at Point B
Down at Point
Up at Point D
It's kind of a cross-stitch pattern in the form of an X with long tails.
4) Leave a good 3-4 inches to tie later.
5) A garden glove on the left hand helps draw the needle through on the bottom side.
If this fails, try a 2 x 1-1/2-in square of shelf liner to grip the needle to pull it through.
Small pair of scissors readily available is also helpful. I started out with it on a lanyard, but soon left it "floating" on the quilt-top, moving with me as I worked from one area to the next.
9) If you have trouble with bearding (Batting poking through the needle hole), thy these :
- Hold your finger to the thread hole and you pull the yarn through.
- Pull the yarn to-and-fro to get the batting back inside the quilt.
- Pull the quilt top away from the batting so the it goes back inside the quilt where it belongs.
To official knot for tying a quilt is the Square Knot with a double twist. It is more likely NEVER to come undone.
Right over Left with 2 twists
Left over Right with 2 twists
Trim yarn to 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch tails.
The actual tying goes fairly quickly. It took longer to set the yarns.
It's only a double-sized quilt, though it seems bigger!
Warm and cozy to sleep under, too!
Now I can cross that off my bucket list :