I finished Dandelion Meadow using a variation of the mitred facing technique outlined by Melody Johnson. I find it much easier to make the mitres before attaching the facing strips to the quilt and you might too. A full tutorial is set out below.
Issue 143 of Down Under Quilts magazine also contains a step-by-step tutorial (with new and improved photos!) of this technique.
- Using a rotary cutter, trim quilted piece to 12 1/2 square (or desired finished size + 1/2 inch per side).
- Cut four strips 1 1/2in x 12 1/2in (or whatever the length your quilt sides are).
- Place the strips in pairs with right sides together.
- Mark a line at a 45 degree angle across the end of each pair of strips and mark another line 1/4in from the edge as shown.
- Sew each pair of strips together by stitching along the marked angled line, stopping and backstitching 1/4in from the edge (ie where the two marked lines intersect).
- Trim the seam to 1/2in. Press seam flat and open to create an “L” shape as shown
- Mitre join the two “L” pieces together to form a frame.
- Place the frame right side down and press back a 1/4in seam. (I mark a line 1/2in from the raw edge and fold the edge back to this line.)
- Pin the mitred frame to the quilt top right side down and aligning the raw edges.
- Using your walking foot and 1/4in seam allowance, stitch through all four layers (ie quilt and facing) around the edge of the facing.(You might like to stitch angled corners but I just sewed seams at right angles.)
- Trim the corners (to remove bulk) taking care not to cut through the stitching line.
- Turn the facing to the back of the quilt and gently poke the corners flat (I use my sewing machine screwdriver).
- Press carefully so that none of the facing can be seen from the front of the quilt and slip stitch the facing in place.