I had some bad attempts on other pieces, so I searched around and Cathy, from my guild, had a method of attaching facing that looked great. She gave me a copy of some hand drawn instructions. To help me along, and to help you, I took pictures of the steps and am posting them here. I was very pleased with the facing. It let the front of the quilt lie flat and the edges were fairly crisp to view.
So, here we go!
1. Cut 4, 5" Squares for the corners
Cut 4, 1 1/2" wide strips for the sides, minus 7" less than the length of the side. I cut mine long, and then trimmed later when pinning. I hate measuring and subtraction.
This fabric can match the backing or be completely different.
2. Once the quilt is trimmed and squared up, take the squares and measure 2" from the bottom and left of the square. Fold the square on the diagonal so the 2 marks meet. Draw or eyeball a curve from the marks to the fold. Cut. Press under 1/4" on curved and the two short legs of the sides.
|4 corner squares cut with curves|
|Corners side leg and curves pressed 1/4"|
4. Pin the 1 1/2" strips, right side to quilt right side overlapping the corner facings. If you subtracted the 7", you are all set. I trimmed my strips here, making sure they overlapped the corner facings.
|Corners pinned, strips overlapped and pinned|
|Facings pinned, right side to right side|
|Corner and strip sewn|
6. Trim excess batting and fabric on the diagonal at the corners (about 1/8" inside the corner). Do not cut away top facing.
7. Turn the corners, poke them out nice and sharp. Fold facings to the back and turn the edges under, press a crease and pin closely.
|Turn corners to back. Poke out corners sharp.|
|Pin corners, fold under long strip edge, pin|
|Whole back pinned|
|Hand stitch detail|
|Hand stitched back|
|Final Quilt with facing using two orphan blocks and Rayna's thin strip method|