When the top of your new quilt is finished, it’s time to work on the quilting by hand or with your sewing machine, and this is a step every quilter loves to work on, as you keep working on the quilting of your new quilt, it becomes unique and beautiful.
How to quilt by hand the BOM quilt is a tutorial to give you the steps to sew on the two borders on the top of the quilt, how to make the quilting sandwich and to share how to work on the quilting, whether you love to do the quilting by hand or with your sewing machine, both techniques are great and your quilt will look amazing!
How to quilt by hand the BOM Quilt
It’s time to work on the final steps to finish the top of the quilt, and make the quilting sandwich, then your quilt will be ready to start working on the quilting.
As a hand quilting fan, I’ll be working on this step on my quilt with hand quilting, I will keep it simple and I will share with you the steps I follow to work on each block on this quilt, as I keep working on this step, I’ll be sharing some photos on my Social Media, hope you follow me to get inspired to make this quilt too.
How To Sew On The Borders On The BOM Quilt
When you finish making the 12 months (blocks) for the BOM Quilt, then you can sew on the borders on this quilt.
How To Sew The First Border On the BOM Quilt
This border is wider on both sides and narrower on the top and bottom of the quilt.
Cut two strips of beige cotton fabric of 2 inches wide x the length of your BOM Quilt, sew on one strip to each side of the quilt.
Cut two strips of beige cotton fabric of 1 1/2 inches wide x the width of your BOM Quilt with the two first side borders stitched on the quilt, sew on one strip to the bottom and the second strip on the top of the quilt.
Press the 4 borders.
How To Sew The Second Border On The BOM Quilt
This border is made by sewing on small pieces of different color fabrics, each piece is cut 5 pieces of 9 x 3 3/4 inches + one piece of 1 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches to make the strips for the side borders and for the bottom and top are cut 4 pieces of 9 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches + 1 piece of 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches for the top and for the bottom.
Sew on all the pieces to make the four strips, and then you can sew on both strips for the sides first and then the strip on the top and one strip on the bottom. Press.
Note: When I was drawing the image above, I didn’t add the small piece on each side border, but you can take a look on the picture of the quilt.
How To Make The Quilting Sandwich For The BOM Quilt
When you finish sewing the top of the quilt, you will be ready to make the quilting sandwich, on this step, you need to measure the length and width of your BOM Quilt, add 4 inches on both sides and 4 inches on the top and the bottom to get the measure to cut the batting fabric and the fabric for the back.
To make the quilting sandwich, lay the fabric for the back on a surface big enough, like a big table, a bed or on the floor, pretty side down.
Lay over this fabric for the back the batting fabric, and lay over it the top of the quilt, once you get the three layers: the fabric for the back, the batting fabric and the top of the quilt, check if there are no folds on any of these three layers and if everything looks good, then you can pinch safety pins to hold the three layers of fabric while you work on the hand quilting.
How To Quilt by Hand
Note: I love to quilt my quilts by hand, but if you prefer to work on the quilting with free motion quilting on your sewing machine, it will look amazing too.
When the quilting sandwich is ready, you can put your quilt on a table, on a frame or on a quilting hoop, all techniques are good and I’m sure you will do an amazing work on your quilting.
I will quilt this quilt as I like to work on the hand quilting, I like to lay the quilt on a table and I start working on the quilting from the center blocks to the sides and then to the top and then to the bottom.
This quilt is designed to be quilted as you feel more comfortable, I will be posting photos of the different quilted blocks on my Social Media, so you can take a look on how I did, if you like how each block looks when is all quilted, you can follow the quilting pattern, but if you want to create your own quilting pattern, go ahead, I will love to see how you quilt your BOM Quilt.
How Long Does It Take To Work On The Hand Quilting
The BOM Quilt is not a regular size quilt, is more like a lap quilt, so it won’t take long to finish the hand quilting, but one thing is important to say here, when you work on the quilting of any quilt, this is not a race, work on the quilting at your own pace, it’s more important you enjoy your time working on your quilt.
I’ll be working more on this quilt, so you can see it finished and I hope get inspired to make it.
Puedes leer el tutorial para acolchar a mano tu BOM Quilt en español aquí!
You can read the BOM Quilt tutorials here!