Skip the binding: frame that quilt! (tutorial + fabric giveaway)


Shortcuts. Time-savers. Beelines!

Around the holidays, quilters look to make lots of gifts—and they look for ways to make those gifts more quickly.

Choosing smaller quilts is a smart start (size matters). But what if you could also cut out an entire quiltmaking step—one you thought had to be completed every time?

Now that’s starting to sound as speedy as Santa’s sleigh!

Scroll down to see A Cut Above author Gerri Robinson’s secret for finishing quilts quickly—and get ready to say bye-bye to binding.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Gerri sent us a gorgeous bundle of her latest Red Rooster fabric line, called “Classic Elegance.” She’s asked us to give this bundle of joy to one lucky winner!


Learn how you can win the fabric, plus a copy of A Cut Above, at the bottom of this post.

Autums-Glow-framed-quiltHow to Hang a Small Quilt: Frame It!

From A Cut Above: Turn Charm Squares, Strips, and More into Beautiful Patchwork by Gerri Robinson

Several quilts in A Cut Above are framed. I use suggestions from my local frame shop when preparing my quilts for framing. Here are their recommendations:

  • Add a 2″-wide border to the pieced top. It’s not necessary to match the border to the quilt top since the border will be pulled and pinned to the back of an acid-free board prior to framing.
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  • Layer the quilt top with batting and backing; then quilt as desired, leaving the 2″-wide outer border unquilted. Once the quilting is complete, fold the outer border toward the center of the quilt and carefully trim the backing and batting ¼" inside the quilt-top edge. Do not bind your quilt.
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  • Lay the frame front side down on a table. Lay the quilt over the frame, ensuring the quilt is straight. Add the back of the frame and slide the frame clips in place. You may choose to finish your framed quilt with a glass front. For the framed designs in A Cut Above, I chose not to add glass.

We were thrilled to see Deb, one of our Facebook followers, join our #imadeitmyselfie challenge and show off her version of “Do-Si-Do,” one of Gerri’s framed quilt designs from A Cut Above:

Gerri’s quilt is on the left; Deb’s is on the right.

Deb says, “I wasn’t sure how this would hold up on the porch, but after one year it still looks the same. Kinda of wish I had splurged for the glare-free glass.” We think it looks lovely, Deb!

Of course, Gerri’s big quilts are quite captivating too:

“Rugby Stars” from
A Cut Above

See more quilts to pair with ready-to-sew precuts in A Cut Above >

Want more examples of framed quilts?

Clockwise from top left: “Harvest Art Piece” from Stitch on the Double, “Starflowers” and “A Dresden Delight” from English Paper Piecing, “Trail of Stars” from A Cut Above.

What’s the quickest quilting step for you: the cutting, sewing, quilting, or binding? Tell us in the comments and you could win the “Classic Elegance” fabric bundle from Gerri and Red Rooster plus a copy of A Cut Above! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Hazel, who says:

“I myself like all aspects from drawing a pattern to picking out all colors and challenging myself to try some thing different. I am cutting back on the large quilts and the frame idea is right up my alley. I am in my mid-eighties and still learning all I can. Keeps my mind sharp and the hands busy.”

Hazel, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

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