How to Finish a Quilt

Finishing a quilt isn’t something that quilters tend to figure out on their own, without the help of fellow quilters. We learn from watching others, taking the skills we see applied to the craft, and using them in our own quilts. Batting, backing, quilting and binding – it takes several steps to get to the quilting finish line. If you don’t want your quilts to end up in your UFO (unfinished objects) pile, finishing your quilts is a must.

Before browsing all of our helpful tips below, read on to see what we have in store for you…

Do you know how to finish a quilt? If you don’t, we’ll help you find your way to success! If you already know how to complete your quilting projects, the latest and greatest quilting lessons in quilting, binding and more are here to help you become more efficient and accurate in your quilting. Once you know how to complete a quilt with confidence, the process becomes simpler.

If you’re on the hunt for anything binding, start here. We discuss binding techniques, binding with various fabrics and different methods that work for you. If you’re after quilting lessons and tutorials, you’re in luck! We have plenty of resources for both domestic sewing machines and longarm machines. In our articles, “Quilting the Quilt,” Dawn Cavanaugh discusses useful techniques and offers tips on working with certain materials, troubleshooting, and so on. The accompanying photographs make you feel like you’re in the room, following along, as she shows you the ropes. Very helpful! Stay tuned – more articles are added all the time!

Take a look around and see if there’s anything here that will improve your quilting. Completing a quilt is no small feat! We’re here to support you, every step of the way.

Happy Quilting!


Quilting the Quilt: Positive Outcomes with Negative Space

A quilt top carries charm and personality and can make us “ooh and ah” over everything from color placement to piecing accuracy, technical difficulty, and overall design. Yet even the most astonishing quilt top can seem lack-luster without the element of quilting, which adds texture, depth and detail. Seeing an unquilted top is like watching…


Quilting the Quilt: An Introduction to Curved Crosshatching

Contrast (noun). “The state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.” The word contrast is a key word in a quiltmaker’s vocabulary. We look for contrast in fabric shades, print scales, patch sizes, thread choice, and even quilting texture to make our projects more appealing. When it comes…

APQS Longarm Certification 324x380

Get the Most out of Your Longarm Quilting Machine!

Longarm quilting isn’t as easy as some people make it look. I know firsthand! Although I don’t own a longarm quilting machine (it’ll happen one day!), I’ve practiced a bit on other quilters’ machines, and I can certainly attest to the “practice makes perfect” adage. Owning one is a huge commitment! Once I get my hands on…

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

Quilting Video Tutorials Made Just for YOU!

Many people are visual and auditory learners, so quilting videos tend to be really helpful when trying to master a technique or make a specific quilt or project. Quilters’ preferences vary widely, so we like to offer guidance in a variety of areas. Here are some of our tutorials that are quite helpful.   Absolute Beginner Machine…

How to Finish a Quilt

Save $$ – Learn how to Finish a Quilt like the Pros!

Do you know how to bind a quilt? Do you know how to quilt your own quilts? There are several steps to finishing a quilt and we’d like to pass on our quilting knowledge, tips and tricks to you! We have plenty of resources for you to take advantage, including tips from the Fons & Porter staff,…

Electric Blue quilting detail

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 3

When I’m quilting an allover design, I might stitch an edge-to-edge design, disregarding the border lines; or, I might stitch the allover design in the center of the quilt and stitch a different design in the borders (see Part 1 for examples of both options). My decision of whether or not to quilt the borders separately depends on the quilt design, the width of the border, and how many borders I added to the quilt. Before choosing a design, I ask myself the following questions…

Thimbleberries Pinwheel Runner Quilt

Lynette Jensen’s Quilt Binding Tips, Giveaway & Summer Quilt Table Runner

I’m so excited about the Summer Pinwheels table runner from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club that is shipping this month! Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries sent over her thoughts on this month’s project, and she included some great tips on binding this summer quilt. Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful project and comment to win the RJR Fabrics fat…

Cross Wires quilting detail

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 2

In Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 1, I talked about allover quilting designs. Sometimes an allover design is the perfect choice. However, most of the time I want the quilting to add another design element to the quilt. Today, we’ll talk about how to incorporate different quilting designs into your quilts and I’ll give you several tips on…

Four X Square quilting

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 1

The quilt top is finished—now what? Occasionally, I take a quilt top and backing to a professional longarm quilter. But, most of the time, I like to quilt my own quilts because I can add one more design element. In this 3-part series, I’ll share my insights for choosing quilting designs. I quilt on a sit-down sewing machine, where I’m moving the quilt,…