A few days ago an email from Judy S. arrived with the following request: “I attended your class at Quilt Canada. I was the one who did the tree project. Could you explain to me the facing again as I am going to finish my hanging and I have forgotten how to do it. Thank you.”
I emailed Judy back with step by step instruction, but while composing the instructions I realized that most of us are visual learners. So, inspired by Judy’s email I set out to create a detailed tutorial for applying facing to a quilt.
Introduction: Why add facings? Why is a regular binding not enough? I use facings in most of my work. That and pillow turn finishes are what is most common on my wall hangings. Why? I find facings add a certain amount of stability to my work, especially when I don’t observe “the rules” of keeping my edges absolutely square. Since most of my work is deemed for exhibition in a gallery I want to make sure that the work hangs straight and does not curl. Across Canada and into the US we have varying environmental conditions, some of which add a lot of humidity to a building. This humidity can affect the way textile art hangs… and there is nothing more annoying when your perfect hanging creation is away from the studio and misbehaves – heaven forbid: My worst nightmare includes a curling and misshapen fiber piece!
The answer for me has been to use the following method of finishing 80 % of all textile pieces I create. Hope you find this tutorial helpful!
In closing I want to acknowledge the fact that I am not the one who invented this technique. It has been around for many years. I want to thank Elizabeth Busch of Bangor, Main for sharing this technique in a class I took with her in 2005.
Also, some quilter will use a facing with mitered corners. I have tried this technique myself, but favor to use the above steps. I find I have better control of creating square corners. Best of luck! Let me know if it works for you! Happy finishing…