How To Sleeve Your Quilt (2)

How To Sleeve Your Quilt (2)
There are many ways to sleeve a quilt. The less popular is the small picture above. Terry Switzer Chilko, however, has allowed me to share her awesome "Fast Finish Triangles" technique. You'll love it. It's fast, easy, versatile, and recommended for Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts.

Step #8: (This is really a continuation of the Binding Tutorial.) After the binding is machine stitched to the quilt (but before it is turned to the back and stitched down by hand) cut the batting and backing even with the quilt top/binding. Measure the top of the quilt and divide by three. (That's the hardest part, trust me.) For example, if the top measures 12" cut four squares 4" x 4". Fold them diagonally. Press.

Step #9: Align the four folded triangles on the back of the quilt, raw edges even. Pin.

Step #10: From the right side of the quilt, stitch over the binding stitches to "catch" the triangles on the back. Do not sew into the miter fold; stop just short of it. There will be a gap, but it's OK. Take the quilt out of the machine and sew the second side just as you did the binding. Take care to sew on the line of stitching made by sewing on the binding.

It should look like this when you're done.

Step #11: Bring the binding over to the back of the quilt. Fold the raw edge of the binding so that it meets the raw edge of the quilt and stitch to hide the machine stitching line. (Use the stitching line as a guide.)

Step #12: Slip a small wooden dowel, plastic straw, bamboo skewer, or other narrow rigid piece of something under the top two folded triangles, and grab a nail for the wall. You're good to go. (I stuck a chop stick in this example.) If you have concerns that the bare wood might damage your quilt over time, consider wrapping it in fabric or covering it with polyurethane. Or, use aluminum dowels from the home improvement store. They will cut them to size.

Step #13: What are the other two on the bottom for? Sign your name, add the date, or ink in the name of the quilt.

And, add another stick for the bottom. If I had used four folded triangles on these quilts instead of just two, they'd be flat against the wall instead of flapping away from it like these samples. (Live and learn.)