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.

 

Trip Around the World Quilt I made for a customer.
Trip Around the World Quilt I made for a customer

 

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).

 

My quilt fabric.
                         My quilt fabric

 

Then, if I use imprinted photos (as in this case), I decide on placement (or the customer lets me know).

Imprinted photos for this quilt.
     Imprinted photos for this quilt

 

Then I cut each fabric strip into the number of squares I need.

 

Cutting fabric into squares.
           Cutting fabric into squares

 

Then I stack them up by color.

My stack of squares.
                 My stack of squares

 

Next, I arrange them into the Trip Around the World pattern.

 

I arrange the fabric and imprinted photos.
I arrange the fabric and imprinted photos

 

Then I stack them up by rows and bring them to my sewing machine.

 

My stacked quilt squares.
My stacked quilt squares

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.

 

Backing for my quilt.
           Backing for my quilt

 

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].

 

Hand tying my quilt.
                Hand tying my quilt

 

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.

 

Collage showing some of the steps in the process.

 Remember, for other designs and options, you van visit either of my sites:

My Etsy shop

My Bonanza booth

 

                       K-Lee’s Kollectibles Pillow Designs

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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?

 

Christmas Greetings from hubby Dave and me!

 

4 thoughts on “Christmas Greetings and Christmas Crafting

  1. Lovely Quilt.I have friends who quilt and thanks for showing the steps because now I can visualize where they are at when they talk about it.
    I do some fabric creations in upcycling and other projects. This season we were so busy I needed some creative outlet and my sewing machine always gives me that. I discovered my neighbor is the same way except she is extremely crafty. Next year we might get a table at a Holiday Fair and try to sell our creative outlets!
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