How to Face a Quilt (non-mitred)

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:

  1. You don’t want a binding detracting from your beautiful art quilt that you intend to hang on the wall.
  2. You want a more contemporary look to your quilt.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.

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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:

Thanks to Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River



Charlotte has been quilting for more than 10 years, making both traditional quilts and art quilts and loving both processes. She teaches and writes about quilting to help introduce more people to this awesome craft. She lives in Northland on a boat with her husband, two children, a dog, a cat and two sewing machines – fabric and stitch are her escape! You can also find Charlotte's writings on her blog The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady

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