I'm home. I have the Dragon faced so I'll review how that is done as that is the most commonly asked question I get about finishing a faced quilt. So, all the quilting stitching is done. Now what?
First thing I do is BLOCK the quilt flat. I wasn't at home when I did this part so I did this atop the king sized bed over which there was a rotating ceiling fan. Pretty good actually. At home I usually do this either pinned to a sheet atop a carpet or atop a piece or 2 of 4 x 8 insulation board.
NOTE: One or 2 clicks on each picture will enlarge photos for greater clarity of review.
Spread the quilt out as smooth as it goes and spray it damp with a spritzer bottle. "Smoosh' it (that's a technical term) really flat and pin into bed/carpet/board allowing it to air dry nice and flat.
Now for a more finished edge when the facing is turned to the back.. press under appx 1/4 inch of the raw edge (all way round) and stitch.
Now we'll work 2 opposite sides of the quilt with this process... say both sides of the quilt top. Later, we'll do the opposite sides.. say top and bottom.
For this part, you will work at your ironing board ( a big board if you're lucky) with your steam iron, and lots of pins. Steam ROLL facing from front to back... slowly progressing the length of the one side, carefully pinning as you go.
You'll now have 2 sides of the quilt that look something like this at the ends of the 'bound to the back' facing.
Time now to eliminate all possible bulk by... trimming excess fabric at the to be turned corner. I also snip even the tiniest excess of batting off the very corners. It's not much, but I think it will matter later.
Now time to steam ROLL this facing from front to back with a mitered turn at the corners. As before.. steam and pin as you go, allowing it to air dry before progressing.
As before... hand needle 'bind' this edge before repeating the process on the opposite side of the quilt back.
I'll later cover the addition of sleeves and labels. Now, I think I'll have a cookie to celebrate! :-)