Once the hand and hummingbird are ironed onto the background with the fusible web, I will add a border. I generally use one of a contrasting color that is a quarter of an inch wide, then add another about three inches wide. In this case, I chose a red for the smaller border hoping to highlight the hummingbird. For the outer border, I chose to use the same fabric as the background behind the hand.
Now that the quilt top is assembled, I will pick out a backing fabric and put batting between the two. This is what is called the sandwich. I tape the backing fabric down onto the table to kept taut while I assemble the sandwich.There are several methods of securing the layers together so they won’t shift while quilting. I generally baste the layers together. Others may pin or use spray adhesive. The latter is something I want to try; it sounds way easier than basting!
Then I will stitch the quilt. I start in the middle and work outwards; doing the background and borders last. And I begin by stitching the edges of each piece. As I worked, I thought the pattern for the quilting could represent the ridges of fingerprints. I added these additional lines to the larger pieces. Because the pieces are so detailed and intricate, this work is done free motion.
As I worked on this, I found I liked the backing fabric with the rest of the quilt. I decided I would then use it for the binding. The final touches will be to add a sleeve for hanging and adding a label.
Phew! A lot of detailed work. I am excited about finishing the quilt; this one has become very special to me.