I was recently asked about how I handle the edges of the quilt when Hand quilting in a hoop. The question being how do you keep it in the hoop when the hoop is round and the edge of the quilt is not. I posted about how I layered and basted this quilt for hand quilting here ( https://timquilts.com/2013/05/29/vintage-fan-block-quilt/) and in that post I said that I try to make the batting and backing larger than the top. The idea is that the extra fabric and batting will hold the quilt in the hoop around the edges like this
sometimes that is not enough because right there in the front the only part in the hoop is the backing fabric and since it is so thin compared with the rest it can slip quilt easily. When that happens I use some safety pins and take the backing fabric up to the top and pin it down around the edge of the hoop like this.
(Teddy is peaking around the edge…hes ready for his picture)
if the backing is long enough it is not a problem to pin it like this
If the backing fabric is not long enough I pin on an additional piece of fabric …a small terry cloth towel works great for that because if has some thickness and doesn’t slip through the hoop easily.
I start in the center of the quilt and do one block at a time. since this quilt has 9 blocks and I finished the one in the center seen here
I am now working on a block that it next to the edge and here is what it looks like so far
and since I think it is always fun to see the back as well here are a few pictures of that
And Teddy was sitting and posing all while I was taking pictures so here he is