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Finish It! Borders, Backing, Binding & Beyond

Take the guesswork out of finishing your quilts with practical tools and techniques.
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Your quilt pattern might say "bind and finish as desired," but what does that mean? In this one-stop shop, expert Kelly Ashton provides you with everything you need to finish your already-quilted quilts with confidence, by hand or machine. The included class worksheets help you easily calculate fabric yardage for borders and backings. Plus, Kelly guides you through adding labels and sleeves.


Kelly Ashton


Kelly Ashton is the author of Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork. She also designs original patterns and templates, and teaches quilting workshops specializing in smart piecing techniques.

By This Expert


01: Borders

Your quilt top is finished, but should you add a border? In this first lesson, meet Kelly Ashton and find out when to add borders, or not, and how to easily calculate border sizes and fabric yardage. Then, watch as Kelly shows you how to cut and sew perfect borders every time.

32 min
Backing Basics

02: Backing Basics

Discover what types of fabric and prints work best for backing and why. After that, use the worksheets in your class materials to calculate the yardage needed, understanding how your backing configuration can change these calculations. Plus get Kelly's tips for piecing backing.

26 min
Labels & Hanging Sleeves

03: Labels & Hanging Sleeves

Kelly discusses the importance of labeling your quilts, including what information to include and how to create quilt labels. After that, learn how to install a temporary or permanent sleeve to hang your quilt; it's easier than you might think!

31 min

04: Binding

In this lesson, find out how to calculate fabric yardage for French double-fold binding. Then prepare your quilt for the binding process as Kelly gives a trimming demo. Afterwards, see how to make double-fold binding and apply it to the back of your quilt.

37 min
Binding: Hand & Machine Finishing

05: Binding: Hand & Machine Finishing

Finish your binding by hand- or machine-sewing it to the back of your quilt. Kelly demonstrates both methods, then shares troubleshooting tips for common binding mistakes (and how to avoid them!).

26 min
Facing the Quilt Edges

06: Facing the Quilt Edges

End class by learning how to add facings to finish the edges of your quilt. This versatile method is perfect for mini and art quilts that won't be handled or washed excessively. Kelly shows you how to prepare, attach and hand finish the facings, step by step.

20 min