While piecing is usually fun for kids as they get to watch the quilt take shape, finishing a quilt is often a challenge, especially for a young child with a short attention span. In fact, finishing is often a challenge for adults, too - that's why we have so many UFOs (unfinished objects) that need attention. Face it - sandwiching, quilting and binding can be tedious. So what to do?
The Martingale blog has a great post on How to Quilt a Quilt
that lists six quick ideas, including:
- Tying by hand
- Tying or tacking by machine
- Hand quilting without a hoop
- Hand quilting with big stitches
- Free-motion quilting with simple repeat patterns
- Allover free-motion quilting
For kid-friendly quilting, I recommend tying by hand or hand quilting with big stitches. Either of these methods will produce quick results and your child's quilt will be done in no time - but for the fastest, easiest quilt finish, you can't beat simple ties.
How to Tie Your Quilt
Lay your sandwiched quilt out flat and smooth. If using a bed (my personal favorite!) or carpeted floor, slip a large piece of cardboard under the part of the quilt you're working on so the needle doesn't catch on the bedding or carpet.
Thread a yarn needle with crochet cotton or yarn that coordinates with your quilt.
Stitch through the layers every 4-6 inches. It's best to start in the middle and smooth the quilt layers as you work toward the edges. For extra durability, you can form a double stitch by putting the needle back through the layers and then bringing it out again in about the same spot.
Tie each pair of yarn tails into a snug square knot and then trim the tails to about an inch or so.