Christmas Greetings and Christmas Crafting
I hope you all who celebrate this holiday have had a lovely Christmas eve and Christmas day. My Christmas eve day and evening were busy with baking and sewing. This Christmas day was full of time spent with family, followed by leisure and relaxation.
I needed the break after spending many hours sewing to finish up Christmas gifts. This made me recall a post I shared in the past about my quiltmaking process, so I thought I would share it again from today’s Christmas post. Seemed appropriate since there was lots of Christmas crafting going on! 😉
My Quiltmaking Process
First, I choose (or a customer chooses) a quilt design. For the purposes of this post, the design is called Trip Around the World, featuring a radiating pattern from the center of the quilt.
Next, based on colors chosen, I purchase fabric (or check my fabric stash) and prepare to cut them into 4 1/2- or 5 1/2-inch strips across the width of the fabric (depending on the size of the quilt).
Then, if I use imprinted photos (as in this case), I decide on placement (or the customer lets me know).
Then I cut each fabric strip into the number of squares I need.
Then I stack them up by color.
Next, I arrange them into the Trip Around the World pattern.
Then I stack them up by rows and bring them to my sewing machine.
After I sew the squares together into rows, I press all the seams, then sew the rows into a quilt top and add the border. Then after measuring the top, I calculate the number of squares I’ll need for the backing and repeat the process I used for making the quilt top. I use larger squares, so I don’t need as many of them.
Finally, I layer the backing wrong side up, the batting, and then the quilt top right side up. I pin all the layers, then hand-tie it using a curved needle and Perle floss. My hubby often helped me do this part, because of the problems and pain in right thumb [hopefully now remedied by the surgery I had in May 2015].
Finally, I wrap the backing around to the front, pin it down to form the binding, and sew around the outer edges to catch in the binding.
This is a collage showing some of the steps in the quiltmaking process.
Remember, for other designs and options, you van visit either of my sites:
My Etsy shop
So what about YOU?
Did you celebrate Christmas, and if so, did you have a nice day?
If you do not quilt, were you aware of all these steps?