Facing All Decked Out

After I finished quilting “All Decked Out” I decided to try another way to sew on an edge facing. Most methods leave you with lumpy corners. However, Jean Wells gives a way to face your quilt in her book, “Journey to Inspired Art Quilting,” that keeps extra fabric out of the corners.

You sew together the ends of 2 to 3 inch strips to form a frame that you sew onto the edges of your quilt. The tricky part is getting the frame to match the dimensions exactly.

After you sew around the edges you turn back 1/4 inch on the loose part of the frame. To make this easier, you leave 1/4 inch unsewn on the strip joining seams. You then turn the facing, press the edge a lot, and hand sew the facing down.

As the picture above shows, I did a lot of quilting, which doesn’t show that much on the front.

For those of you who don’t remember this quilt, it’s one of two I created from squares of surface design experiments. The center is an embroidered paint stick rubbing of a glass salad plate. The salmon colored squares are sun prints from crocheted doilies. The blue with white swoops and dots I made in by screen printing with thickened dye. The multi-color sort of pink-purple squares are fabric created from scraps, cheesecloth, and stencil prints. The solid pinkish squares are hand dyed fabrics. The border is made from a Spoonflower printed photo of my deck, run through a filter and done as a mirror image. I did throw in some Marcia Derse fabric in four squares.

I quilted it with variegated 40 weight cotton thread, sort of following the curves of the swoops.

This post is linked to Off The Wall Friday.


Filed under Art quilts, Completed Projects, Techniques

13 responses to “Facing All Decked Out

  1. I learned a good quilt-facing method from Terry Aske (terryaskeartquilts.com), but yours looks good, too!

  2. I’m slow in commenting because I wanted to look at this more first. Here are some things I notice. First, other than the rather plain red, all of the fabrics individually have a lot of POW. If used in something where a single emphatic fabric appeared, I think that piece would dominate, and not necessarily in a good way. (But of course, it *could* be great, but very tricky.) But used together, they support each other. So I can look at each fabric and enjoy it as its own thing, but I can also enjoy the quilt as a whole. Also the piecing layout is very simple. This is another great example of letting the fabric do the work. I can think of a couple of my own quilts that are favorites, with relatively little piecing, that the fabrics do the work. All that said, I do think the deck-reflecting fabric is the showstopper, or the one that makes it all come together.
    The facing looks great. I used a faced edge for the first time with my Hands quilt for Son and bride. I’m not sure how similar the process was but it sounds a lot the same. I was really really happy with it, and certainly it wasn’t harder than doing a conventional binding.
    Great quilt, Joanna. I enjoyed looking at this one.

    • Thanks so much for the compliment and your thoughtful analysis. I did indeed take the more is more approach to this piece, though I tried to limit the color palette to 2 colors to tie them together. I realize after the fact that I probably used the same batch of paint/dye mixes when I created some of the fabrics, and those mixes aren’t screaming primary colors.

  3. It looks terrific and I’m going to have to give Jean Wells facing tip a try.

  4. Norma Schlager

    This quilt has so much energy and your facing looks great. I just finished putting a facing on my latest quilt. Sometimes an art quilt looks better with a facing, rather than binding. You can see it on my latest blog, shown on Off the Wall Friday.

  5. That was such a neat way to have used your surface design fabrics. A somewhat simple pattern made more interesting by your fabrics. The deck print seems to cause the piece to radiate. I haven’t felt confidant in my lining skills so I appreciate this information. I’m wondering if you let only the “swoops” guide your quilting or if you marked lines as well. Thanks.

  6. Rosemaryflower

    I love the fabrics. This is a happy fun quilt!!

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