Adding a facing to your quilt is a great way to give it a clean, modern look and is an alternative to adding a binding. Here's how you can add a facing to your quilt:
1. Cut your facing strips: Cut 4 strips of fabric that are 2 inches wide and about 4" longer than your quilt sides.
2. Press: Press 1/2" towards the wrong side of each strip. This gives a clean edge for your hand stitching later.
3. Attach the facing to the quilt: Place the facing strip right sides together with the quilt top, aligning the raw edges.Stitch 1/4" seam. Start with the sides first and then trim to the edge of the quilt.
I use a walking foot to make managing the bulk easier.
4. Topstitch- open the facing up and topstitch on the facing 1/8" away from the seam. This helps to roll the facing towards the back of the quilt later. Tip: to get a 1/8", i moved my needle over 3 spaces using my sewing machine options.
5. Continue with attaching the top and bottom and topstitch these as well.
6. Turn the facing to the back: Turn the facing to the back of the quilt and clip. your topstitching should be on the back of the quilt. For the corners, use the excess on the top and bottom and fold over to make a neat finish. I use clever clips to clip.
7. Finish the facing: Hand stitch around the facing. To make it easier to see the black on black, I used my light my needle gloves!
That's it! Adding a facing to your quilt is a simple technique that can give your quilt a beautiful and polished finish.