Here we go, the home stretch!
Now it is time to put together the three layers: front design layer, batting layer, and backing layer. Once you have all of them laid out and smoothed, make sure to secure them together either by pinning or by using basting spray.
There are a few ways in which you can bind the three layers together: free motion quilting using a sewing machine or hand quilting. Here are a few websites that provide excellent tutorials on free motion quilting and hand quilting.
I thought I would give free motion quilting a try with doing some waves and circles for the stitch patterns. But after doing a few test pieces with my sewing machine, I realized that I really stink at it and the stitches on the back were not being pulled through. So, I decided I need some practice first but have to finish this quilt (before my niece changes her mind, like a typical toddler) so I decided to do hand quilting because I didn’t want to mess up the beautiful design. Plus, it is such a large quilt, that it would not fit in my sewing machine to stitch it together.
For my binding, I did a straight stitch of red on the outside border, white straight stitch of white on the white border, then yellow and pink straight stitch for the respective boxes, and then outlined the Mickey and Minnie faces with black and Minnie bows with the respective colors. Once I finished my quilting, I used a red binding for the edging.
I don’t claim to be an experienced quilter or seamstress – but I loved this design of the Mickey and Minnie and wanted to share it. Here are some excellent tutorials for beginning to end quilting:
Once I finished hand quilting, I used a red binding to finish off the edges. It took about 3 packages of the pre-made binding. This blog has a great trick for binding, My Sweet Prairie Studio (Binding), which I use for sewing my binding.
I cannot wait to see what you all come up with! Happy Crafting!