Most of the time, I love the final bit of color and design a binding adds to a quilt, but there are times when it just doesn't work. Sometimes, I want the quilt to stop at the edge and using a facing is the perfect solution. So here is how I do mine:
1) I like to use fabric for my facings that matches the quilt top as much as possible. That way it won't show as much if the edge isn't perfectly folded. I apply my facings to one side of the quilt at a time, starting with two opposite sides and finishing with the other two sides. For simplicity's sake, let's say we will face the sides of the quilt first and the top/bottom second, but you can do it the other way around if you prefer. I have used contrasting fabric for the purposed of this tutorial so you can see things better.
2) Cut 2 1/2" strips just as you would for binding, but don't sew them all together in one long strip. Sew them together so that you have two strips that are the length of the quilt and two that are 4" bigger than the width of the quilt.