Saturday, February 25, 2012

Running With Donna

Or at least making a runner with her.  Sort of.  She's in VA and I'm in KS...

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.

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STARCH!

You're going to be sewing on the bias a LOT, so it helps tremendously.

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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.  :)

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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.

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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:

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Pretty cool. Here's what a block looks like:

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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.

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Clearly, Dave was excited as well.

I'll post more progress tomorrow!  Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

3 comments:

harrispen said...

I love the focus fabric. What is it? This looks like an interesting technique, but I love your comment about the pattern maker needing a math class. Maybe she did that so if some stretched a bit this step would square them up?

Can't wait to see the next part.

Cindy

BeadedTail said...

That looks very complicated to me! I like the fabric though so I know it's going to be fabulous!

Mitch and angel Maggie said...

This is going to be beautiful! I love your choice of fabrics.