Preparing your cot quilt for hand quilting

This next part can be a bit tricky the first time around.  I had a girlfriend help me by holding 2 corners of the material and we’d slowly place each layer on top of each other.   Now I just clear my kitchen table and use that.

You’ll need:

  • The top piece of fabric with all the pieces you’ve sewn together;
  • The batting and
  • The backing material.
  • A box of quilting pins (they are longer than sewing pins) or you can use quilting safety pins (which is what I now do as it saves time)
  • Needle and thread.

The materials need to be well ironed as you want to try and avoid any  creases.

Steps for preparing your cot quilt prior to hand quilting:

  1. Lay the backing material out on your table, with the right side of the material face down on the table.
  2. Fold the batting in half and lay one half on top of the backing material.  Try and have the top edge  come a bit lower than the edge of the fabric.
    Smooth out any creases out as you go
    Once you’re happy, gently move that section over the edge of the table and unfold the rest of the batting.
    Smooth out any creases.
  3. Follow the same steps as in point 2 above with the top material.  I might even fold it into quarters as I try to have it match up to the backing material or at least to be centered over the 2 layers.   You want to avoid ending up with the top material coming over the edge of one side.
  4. Once you’re happy you have no creases and that the top and bottom materials match, I roll it up and then start to pin sections at a time.  If using pins I tend to have all the pins going in the same direction.  This reduces the amount of pin pricks I get when I hand sew.  If you’re using safety pins there is no risk of pin pricks.  As I unroll one section to pin I roll up the other section….so you end up with 2 rolls and the bit in the middle that you’re working on.  I found that doing it this way I need less room to work on and I don’t get any ridges/creases.
    Preparing your cot quilt
  5. If using pins, make yourself comfortable and sew horizontal and then vertical lines to hold the materials together.
  6. Remove the pins.
  7. Lastly roll the edges roughly and sew them down.  Doing this avoids any fraying of material or batting, that could happen when you’re hand quilting.
    Rolled edges of your cot quilt
  8. You’re now ready to start with your hand quilting.

The next step is to quilt your cot quilt together.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these tips on preparing your cot quilt for hand quilting.