Stitching depends on accuracy at every step. Allow 1/4″ seam allowances throughout the project. You need a stitch length of 10 to 12 stitches per inch. This prevents stitches from unraveling. Secure seams with backstitches on pieces that won’t be stitched again, as in the border.
Seam lines need to line up perfectly. First match up your seams of the pieced blocks. Use a straight pin diagonally through the piece, catching both seam allowances. Don’t sew over the pin. This can cause damage to you or your machine.
Now, it is time to press. Set your seam first by pressing it along the seam line without opening up the fabric. Now the direction you press is important. Usually, you press the entire seam to one side rather than opening. When two seams are to be joined, press the seams in the opposite direction. Make sure you are only pressing. Do not iron. This will stretch and distort your seam.
Since all of your blocks are now pieced and pressed it is time to assemble your quilt. Choose your batting. Make sure you have enough. Cut and if need be piece together the backing fabric to measure at least 3 inches bigger on all sides of the quilt top. If sewn, press seams open. Place the quilt backing wrong side upon a large, flat surface. Center and smooth the wrinkles. You can use safety pins or long stitches to baste the layers together. Quilt as desired. Trim the batting and backing fabric even with the quilt top edge. Baste 1/4″ from quilt to edge all the way around.
Binding your quilt. Cut bias strips or purchase premade bias from your favorite craft store. Join the binding strips with diagonal seams to make one long binding strip. Trim seams to 1/4″ and press open. With the wrong side inside, fold under fabric about 1″ at one end of the binding strip and press. Then fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong side inside. Place the binding strip against the right side of your quilt top along one edge. Align the binding strips raw edges to the quilt top’s raw edge, but do not start at a corner. Begin sewing in place 2″ from your folded end.
When you get to your corner stop at 1/4″ from the end. Backstitch and clip your threads. Fold the binding strip upward, creating a diagonal fold and press with your finger. Hold the diagonal fold in place, bring the binding strip down in line to the next edge and make a horizontal fold that aligns with your quilts edge. Start sewing at the top of the horizontal fold that aligns with your quilts edge. Start sewing at the top of the horizontal fold and stitch through all layers. Continue sewing around your quilt, turning each corner like described above. When you get back to your starting point, enclose the bindings raw edge inside the folded end and finish sewing. Turn the binding over the edge to the back. Stitch the binding to the backer fabric only. To make the corners correspond with the front corners you will need to handstitch up to a corner and make a fold in the binding. Secure the fold with stitches, then continue stitching the binding in place.
With implementing these tips you will have a beautiful quilt to cherish for a very long time.