Hi Pat. Don't mean to be argumentative...but isn't what you are
describing the same as binding?? Just curious.
Are you thinking that "binding" only applies to contrasting fabrics?
Lynne in Toronto
> >I don't know Pat but I be interested to find out and can you explain how
> >you are finishing a quilt by facing?
> Hi B (if I know you well enough to address you like that now? )
> Just like putting a facing on the open front of a dress/shirt etc -
> the quilt top is finished and then quilted in the usual way.
> Then, instead of a binding, strips of (I use) the backing fabric are
> sewn onto the edges of the front (right sides together). If it is a
> rectangular quilt, I then mitre the corners - sewing up to within a
> quarter of an inch of the raw edge - and turn the facing to the back.
> Turn under the raw quarter of an inch and sew in place. If you are
> careful with the turning, there is no backing fabric seen on the front
> and no front fabric seen on the back, the joining seam is halfway down
> the thickness of the quilt. It is really no more difficult than binding
> and, with my pictorial quilts, it lets me finish off the picture at the
> edge of the picture rather than introducing a solid strip of another
> colour/shape around it. Sometimes, of course, I want to frame the
> picture, but not always.
> The procedure with fancy-shaped quilts is different and you may not want
> to be bogged down with that method; but, if you do, then I will gladly
> describe that too - it isn't hard, just different.
> Best Regards