Right, before you get clever and say you know exactly how to turn and look at a quilt, let me explain what a facing is: A facing is a piece of fabric applied to the inside of the raw edge of a garment, or in our case, a quilt, to finish the edge.
And now you are asking, “Why would I use a facing when I could just do a binding?
Here’s a few reasons why you need to know how to face a quilt:
- You don’t want a binding detracting from your beautiful art quilt that you intend to hang on the wall.
- You want a more contemporary look to your quilt.
- You cannot find the perfect fabric for a binding. You have one that would be ok, but just ok. So use a facing and put that ok fabric on the back!
- You want to try something new to challenge yourself and extend your skills.
This little 12″ x 12″ quilt was finished with a facing, as a binding would intrude on the wonky, abstract piecing . A facing done well can provide a beautiful sleek look to a quilt, but it is not really a method recommended for a frequently washed quilt like a bed quilt. Because you turn a little of the front of your quilt to the back, this is what is on the edge and so will get the most wear. While this is fine for a display item, it’s not going to create a really robust, drag-around, lovey quilt for your niece or nephew.
Susan Brubaker Knapp, from Blue Moon River, has written a fabulous tutorial for how to face a quilt using a non-mitred facing. It is simple, creates a great finish, and she has it in PDF format for easy printing so you can reference it again and again.
Here’s a link to the tutorial: http://www.bluemoonriver.com/NonMitredFacing.pdf
Thanks to Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River