How to complete a top for a Christmas quilt

A few weeks ago I published a post on how to start a Christmas quilt. In my head I would then zip through it, publish a top post and then the whole quilt post. I was thinking a week, tops. Or 5 weeks, yikes! But here I am finally with a how to complete a top for a Christmas quilt post. Better late than never?

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I had just completed a couple of blocks back on November 10th but last week I felt I had enough. I had predicted I would need 70 but I went with 5 across and 7 down so I only needed 35. I made more than that so I would have variety.

When I had five across and five down, I started piecing the blocks into rows. When you do this you have to make sure that your seams don't pile up on top. You need to press them in opposite directions.cq-2-re-2

In these blocks there is a middle strip with seams on each side. Every other block needs to have that seam pressed up. The other blocks should have the seams pressed down.

You'll get the hang of the pressing direction. Or you can be like me and check it each time you start pressing.

You also need to think ahead to sewing the rows together. They also need to butt up next to each other.cq-2-re-5

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Once I had a row completed I would press all the seams to the left. The next row I would press all to the right. This makes your quilt easier to quilt and look better.

I did this with the first four rows. Then I did the bottom 3 rows. It reduced the amount of fabric that I was juggling at a time.

Soon enough I had all the rows made and all of them sewn together. The top measured 45.5 by 63.5.

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At this point I had to think about borders. Did I want one? Two?

Did I want them red or green? I went to two different quilt stores to try and find a stripe but I liked the solids I found. I kept looking for a stripe however.

I would have liked to have had a stripe for the binding. I couldn't find what I was looking for socq-2-re-7 I bought polka dots. I put them all next to the quilt and slept on it.

I also asked on Instagram what people thought. Most everyone said no border and bind it in red. I looked at the red and decided to go with the green.

Sorry Instagram buddies but I really gave your input serious thought. Here is the top all pieced. Every seam lies down nicely.

And I like that green binding. I think it gives the whole quilt a more subdued vibe. I probably would have liked the red also!

Now I have to make the back, quilt it and bind it. It should be done in what, a couple of hours? One day max?

Ha ha, I am such a comedian.

Sew happy!

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I published other posts on Christmas quilts. Check this one out, it has pictures of all 10 Christmas quilts I have made. When this one is finished, I will add it!

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