To make a long story short, my friend Donna and I decided to make a table runner "together" - posting updates, tips, and encouragement via FaceBook and email. It sounded like a great idea and actually was tons of fun.
It's one of those where you start with rectangles, slice them into triangles, sew them back together to form 2-tone rectangles, slice them up, rearrange the slices ... I learned a similar technique in a book I have called Start With Squares by Martha Thompson, only you ... start with squares. :) I did so well with the technique 10 years ago that the full-sized quilt is actually a throw pillow -- if you know what I mean.
The best tip this pattern writer gave was to starch your fabrics first.
You're going to be sewing on the bias a LOT, so it helps tremendously.
|Rectangles cut, cut on the diagonal and ready to sew back up|
My Guide Dog for the Color Blind was right there with me, lending moral support and making sure I took breaks now and then to play with him. :)
|Sewing the rectangles back together|
My tip is to use your walking foot to help you with all that bias work! It helps avoid any stretching.
|Preparing to slice the pieced rectangles into logs|
She had us slice a bit off either side of the rectangle, then cut into 2.25" logs. That having to shave a bit off either side should have been my first clue that the pattern writer could have spent a bit more time in math class... but that's OK.
Slice the rectangles up and rearrange the logs:
Pretty cool. Here's what a block looks like:
I confess, I was pretty excited at that stage. I sewed two together and was anxious to see how it was going to look with the "center" of the table runner -- in my case, the same fabric as my focal fabric.
Clearly, Dave was excited as well.
I'll post more progress tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Thanks for reading!