Adding a quilted liner to your quilt increases the warmth of your quilt and adds longevity by reducing wear and tear. The lining also helps to hold the shape of the quilt so it doesn’t shift or slide while you’re wearing or using it.
You can make your own Quilting Lining, or buy a pre-made one from a fabric store. To make your own, cut a piece of lining fabric that’s the same size as your quilt and sew it around the edge of your quilt sandwich (the top, the middle, and the bottom). If you’re making a quilt that has a large pattern, use a ruler to make sure you’re sewing straight lines. A sewing machine with a walking foot can be used to sew the lining fabric, but this is not essential.
Once the lining is attached to your quilt, fold the edges of the lining fabric over the edge of the quilt and stitch them down with a fell stitch. This will keep your lining flat against the jacket and prevent it from getting twisted when you’re wearing it.
This is a simple technique that works well for most quilts. However, if you’re making a very complicated quilt with lots of pattern pieces, or if your fabric has a lot of stretch, then you should consider stitching the lining to the quilt on the inside. This will prevent the lining from shifting while you’re working on it, and it will also give you a more professional finish to your quilt.
Quilts are made for many different reasons, and they can take a long time to construct. When a quilt was relined, likely, the original maker was not involved in the process, and they may not have had the time to remove the scraps of previous textiles that were trapped in the lining fabric before applying new lining.
In North America, quilts were often constructed with recycled materials and worn-out blankets as an internal batting layer. The same method can be used when making shaped garments, and it’s an easy way to ensure that the lining and the garment match perfectly. You can even bag the lining, if you want to so that there are no seam allowances at the edges of your quilt. This method is especially helpful if you’re making a quilt to use while hiking, camping, or traveling. It makes it easier to keep your lining clean and dry when you’re outdoors so that your insulation will last longer.