I know, it’s January. Christmas is over. Or hasn’t happened yet. Or something. But here’s the deal: I have a few Christmasy things I’ve made that I want to show, and I’m going to do it even though it’s January. First up, this quilt.
I didn’t sew this in time for Christmas. In fact, I didn’t even start it until December was over. But I did buy the fabric in December. December 2010, actually. Christie (Lemon Squeezy Home) and I bought the fabric together, with matchy-quilty dreams, from Pine Needles in Utah four years ago. The fabric is 12 Days of Christmas from Moda, with the solids both Kona. Christie made her quilt last year (see it HERE). In March. This is why we’re friends.
I have set a goal for myself to make at least six quilts this year, which, if accomplished, will double my previous lifetime total. I’m not a quilter, but I would like to learn the skill. I learned a lot making this quilt, and I’m actually excited to make more now! Yay. The pattern I chose to go with is called Step in Time from a Samelia’s Mum. It looked simple and the recipe called for the two charm packs, which was how many charm packs I had. It went together really easily. I did find that the recommended amounts for the solid colors were way too much. I used only .5 yard of each solid. But other than that, no problems.
I was most worried about the basting and binding of the quilt, though. I hate the tedium of basting, only to have things bunch and shift anyway as I quilt, and then all the stopping to remove pins. blah. I complained about things on Instagram and was told to use basting spray. I went out that night and bought some from Jo-Ann Stores. It worked awesome. Like, so great I actually enjoyed the quilting process, which I have never enjoyed before! I bought the 505 brand (found here on Amazon –affiliate link) No bunching, no shifting, no pins to remove. Basting spray is where it’s at!
For the binding, Christie directed me to THIS video tutorial by Missouri Star Quilting Company. It’s fabulous. It gave me the confidence to hand sew the binding (I machine stitched the one side, then folded over and finished the other by hand, as directed in the video), and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I did make a few mistakes, but over all, so, so much better than any other binding I’ve ever done. Also, I learned via another Instagram complaint, to use Clover Clips (affiliate link) to help the binding go much faster and smoother. Thankfully, I already had Clover Clips on hand from sewing with leather (and I use them all.the.time for pretty much anything I can instead of pins now!) Still, it took me days to finish the binding. I just couldn’t muster the attention span for long periods of time. It does look pretty awesome now that it’s done, but I’m not sure I’m super excited to hand bind again any time soon.
The quilting was done on my regular machine, a Viking Lilly 555. I bought the machine used and it came with a walking foot and an extension table, both of which I was super grateful for when working on this quilt. I use the walking foot all the time, sewing with knits as much as I do. But that extension table has pretty much been ignored for my five years of ownership. It was fun to put it to use. I just did wavy lines following the diagonal. Nothing crazy, but I like it and it went really fast. And thanks to the 505 spray, NO PUCKERS!! None. Amazing. The finished dimensions are 47” square-ish. Mostly. It’s super close to square, much closer than I thought it would be.
I’m really not sure how many different pictures one should show of a quilt. I tend to err on the side of complete and total photo overload in my posts. Sorry. Here it is laying here, and here, and with one corner turned up, and folded, and look! the back. And again! It did turn out to be a much easier thing to photograph than my children. Bless their hearts. So I took a ton, all on my sister’s patio. I don’t have a patio, so I had to borrow hers. Also, if any of my kids ever leaves this quilt out on a bench in the sleet and frost and rain, I will not be happy. It’s hand bound, kids!
Quilt pattern: Step in Time from Samelia’s Mum blog
Print fabrics: 12 Days of Christmas from Moda, purchased at Pine Needles in West Jordan, Utah
Solid fabrics: Kona Solids purchased at Pine Needles in West Jordan, Utah