For Patches and Pinwheels, because it's quite a busy quilt, I did a simple in the ditch quilting. This is the view of the backing, which is a good quality cotton sheet. Sheets are too finely woven to use if you are going to hand quilt, but very nice for a machine quilted quilt. The batting is a Warm and Natural, so it doesn't need terribly close stitching.
You can see the two strips that border the top meeting in the center. When sewing the sections together, I machine sew the top of the quilt. Then I trim the batting so that the two sections meet in the middle of the seam and don't overlap. The backing is then folded over, lapped over the opposite side and hand stitched to the opposite side of the backing. By not overlapping the batting, but trimming it to just meet, you avoid a lump in the seam.
So this morning I had to go to Bonnie's free patterns and see how she did it. Then, of course, I had to try that method out.
I went to my boxes of cut scraps. You can't see clearly here, but they are labelled, 4"+, 3 1/2", 3", etc. I chose two contrasting strips from the 3 1/2" bin and followed Bonnie's directions EXCEPT I sewed both long edges of the strips, right sides together with a 1/4" seam. THEN I cut the triangles, and they are already sewed. The few stitches on the points are
WOW!!! a perfect meeting of points. I was so happy!
Doing it this way means the bias seams are in the center of the block and the outside edges are straight grain, giving stability to the block. Plus, the bias center seam means it's easy to squish or stretch to make the center points come together, not that it was necessary in this block.
The method I mentioned a little while ago is what I used for that top block, and is taught by the Missouri Quilt Company. It works well, but results in a block with bias edges, making it a little hard to handle.
Quilting life is full of adventures!