Just in case you had not noticed that it is only 17 days to go…….?!
And, yes, I know this is a SEWING blog, so I thought I would add pics of the Advent calendar that I have just finished making and (indeed) did manage to deliver to my little ones by 1st December for goodies in the first pocket!
I cut the tree shape from the panel….easy – just follow the lines….not rocket science. Then the rows of pockets. I pressed the raw edges under & pinned in place onto the tree. I decided to sandwich the quilt first before doing any sewing of the pockets. This way, when I sewed the pockets in position, it was also part of the quilting. Labour & time saving was my goal!
I did a wide zig-zag all around the tree to hold it in place on the red background fabric and then pressed gold fusible bias tape (Clover) all around the edge of the tree. This covered over the raw edge of the fabric & zig-zag basting. I used gold metallic thread to stitch a serpentine stitch over the gold tape. No pins necessary as the fusible backing on the tape & my trusty Olisio iron took care of that. All this stitching was also part of the quilting as it went through all layers.
Next I threaded up with red thread and quilted the background with echo quilting of the tree shape. I used the JANOME Acufeed foot and quilting guide bar on the JANOME HORIZON 7700 QCP to do this quilting.
Lastly, I trimmed the edges straight and instead of adding a traditional binding, I couched 2 strands of bottle green yarn against the cut edge of the quilt sandwich. I used a zig-zag stitch and went twice around the edges so there were actually 4 strands of yarn “sealing” & covering my raw edge. If I had used a thicker yarn, I would maybe not have needed to sew around twice. But I wanted it to look properly covered and that medium weight yarn was all I had at home to complete the project…….where there is a will, there is a way!
WATCH THE janomelife BLOG NEXT WEEK FOR MORE CHRISTMAS SEWING IDEAS as we shine the spotlight on the customers at LANGLEY VACUUM & SEWING who have been sewing up a Christmas storm of delightful projects……more next week!