Birthing a Quilt

by Rita Ross
(Detroit, MI USA)

Do you have to use batting to complete a quilt, or can you just birth a quilt without batting?


A traditional quilt consists of three layers, one of which is batting. You can still add batting even if you're going to birth your quilt. If you don't use batting, your quilt won't hold heat.

To add batting to a quilt you're birthing, do the following:

  1. Place quilt top and backing fabric (right sides together).

  2. Now, place batting on top of the backing fabric.

  3. Using a 3/4" seam, sew around the edges. Leave an opening big enough to fit your hand through.

  4. Turn the quilt right side out.

  5. Close the opening with hand stitches.

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