In this third and last tutorial I will make an improv design for the back of the quilt using some left over fabrics from the top of my Père-Noël zigzag Christmas quilt top.
Part one: quilt top assembly
Part two: embroidery embellishments
There are no patterns for this one, just a visual progression of the improv patchwork being put together.
I used the charm squares trimmings and some matching reds, green and white solids.
The patchwork is made by sewing the trimmings in between rectangles of solid colours.
I started with the middle strip. The white rectangles are 2 1/2 in wide down but they decrease in width and end in a triangle. The most obvious way to achieve this is to cut a long strip 2 1/2 wide which ends in a pointy end. Then slice the strip into bits.
The length of the strip depends on how long you want it to be. I wanted it to be almost as long as the quilt.
This is what the strip looks like.
After sewing the white strip I cut the trimmings again.
And did the same with both red solids. Some of the trimmings had to be stitched together.
To sew both strips together, place both strips side by side right side facing up. Overlap both edges well and then pin. Use the overlapping line to cut through the bottom strip.
Now pin together well and sew.
Do the same with each strip.
I continued until I finished all trimmings more or less.
This is the resulting improv patchwork that I will be the back of the zigzag Christmas quilt.
Now you need to square the improv patchwork into a panel that will be making the back of the quilt.
Use the same technique as before when sewing two pieces with uneven edges. Place the piece on top of a muslin or calico piece of fabric and pin. Then cut along the overlapping edge. Pin together and sew.
Do the same for both edges.
Assemble the quilt sandwich and quilt.
I used a variety of free motion quilting patterns for this quilt. The patterns follow the zig zag in the quilt.
Trim off the quilt backing and batting.
I have been machine binding my quilts lately. It takes a small fraction of time as compared to slip stitching them at the back and the finish is just as good in my opinion.
To machine bind a quilt, you need to place the binding on the back of the quilt, aligned to the edge of the quilt, as opposed to stitching it to the front first.
For small lap quilts I don’t use binding cut on the bias but just cut straight from across the grain of the fabric.
To start, cut a strip about 225 in x 2 1/2 in. You’ll need to cut several strips and piece them together to obtain this length.
Fold the strip in half and iron well.
Take the quilt on the back and place the raw edge of the strip aligned with the quilt edge.
Stitch all the way to the corner stopping at 1/4 in from the edge.
Now fold the strip up in a 45 degree angle as per picture.
Then fold the strip back aligning the fold with the top edge as per picture. Pin.
Now stitch all the way to the end again, stopping at 1/4 from the corner and do the same again for the next corner.
Once you have done the stitching your top will look like this.
Now fold the strip back over the top of the quilt. The binding will cover the raw edge all the way to covering the stitching line.
When you reach a corner, with your finger fold the mitred corner as per picture. First fold in a 90 degree angle the binding at the corner.
And then fold back again as per picture making sure you align both corners.
Pin the whole quilt binding this way.
And now top stitch as close to the edge as possible.
The binding is done.
And this is the quilt, back and front.
Ready for Christmas!
This is the second part in a series of three tutorials. Part one shows you how to make a Christmas themed quilt top using charm squares.
In this tutorial I will embroider a French Christmas children song on the quilt top and do some other embroidery on the white fabric as an extension to the fabric print.
This is the song:
Un, deux, trois
Qui est-là ?
Entre vite, il fait très froid,
Bonne fête et chocolat !
One, two, three
Come in fast, it is very cold,
Happy Christmas and chocolate!
WARNING: The song sentences do not fit the zig zag lines exactly. You will need to move the paper to make it fit better to the zig zag path.
Print pattern and stick together.
Placing the paper underneath the top, trace the song making sure the words follow the white fabric zig zag area.
Using stranded cotton in matching colours embroider the song using stem stitch.
The song has been embroidered.
Pattern matching embroidery
To complement the poem, I decided to extend the patterned fabric into the white areas so I selected some prints and drew the rest of the flowers or graphic elements using a water soluble marker.
Just a few graphic elements here and there.
Spread out throughout the whole quilt.
And then I embroidered those.
I like the look of the pattern overflowing the white areas.
The top is ready for the backing and quilting.