During the December DC Modern Quilt guild meeting, there was a drawing for some Moda fabric charms and I won a pack of “Comma”.
Moda Comma charm pack – all 42 fabrics!
I immediately thought of my middle daughter who’s birthday is in February and who loves punctuation. She normally likes a more vintage color palette, but this will certainly look cheerful in her condo. I went to the Moda Bakeshop website and looked for a pattern using a charm pack and found this pattern by Erin Davis of Sew at Home Mummy.
120 Minute Gift – Drunkards Path Table Runner
It looked like the perfect pattern to use as sort of an oversized placemat.
The pattern included templates for cutting the curves. I haven’t done a lot of curved piecing but this was not hard to do. I had to mark the centers of the curves in order to make sure they were lined up during the stitching. Instead of using a marking pen/pencil, I used the presser that my woodworking friend made for me.
Marking the middle of the curve with a “presser”.
See how well it works!
The trick of sewing the pieces seemed to be to put the smaller piece on the bottom instead of on the top.
After cutting the curved pieces, there was quite a bit of each fabric left over. This is why I decided to make the hexagons – which is also a favorite of my daughter. I made the hexagons in a typical English Paper Piecing way, starch and ironed them with the papers in, and then removed the paper and sewed them all by hand on to the top.
I quilted this by stitching in the ditch on the sewing machine around the squares. Then I used a running stitch in gray embroidery thread around the circles and in straight lines on each side of the hexagons. I had a few hexagons left over and put them on the back.
Back of table runner
Here it is in her condo.
Happy Birthday Sandy!
I’ve made so many Christmas gifts in the past week that I can’t blog about because the recipient reads my blog. However, my very own sister doesn’t follow me because she “doesn’t quilt/sew”. So shhhhhh….. if you’re related to us. Here is what I just finished for her.
Donkey Table Runner
She owns a miniature donkey named Albert and when I saw this fabric by Laurie Wisbrun, I knew I had to make something for her with it.
Albert. Awww, so cute!
She asked me to make placemats but I just wasn’t happy with how my attempts at those looked.
Placemat attempt. (Part of this may be made into a hot pad.)
I finally decided that a table runner would be fun (and actually much less work) and I wouldn’t have to decide how many to make. So I started cutting strips and placing them on my design wall.
Strips on design wall
For some reason, despite how simple it is, I liked this much better. This became the final table runner. The middle strip has little dogs on it that look like my sister’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, George.
I did a little research on what size a table runner should be compared to the size the table is. The width should be about 1/3rd the width of the table. This makes sense to me because you want to have room for your place settings on each side. This table runner is about 17″ wide and on my table it is about right. Right before I put the binding on, I asked my sister to measure her table. I didn’t hear right back from her so I proceeded to finish the binding. As luck would have it, her table is much skinnier than mine – only 36 inches. Oh well! Maybe she can use it on her breakfast counter!
Back of table runner
If she get’s tired of the donkeys, she can turn it over and have this pretty print.
Merry Christmas, Sis!
Addendum: Here it is in her kitchen:
Christmas paperwhites, African violets and an amaryllis.
Quilted table runner – ready for binding
My in laws have a summer “home” in Ennis, Montana. My husband loves to go there. I did too when my kids were young and his folks were there. Now when we go, it is often just the two of us. That is nice too, but he is often busy puttering with the opening or closing or general (unending!) maintenance, so this year I decided it would give me more to do if I had a sewing machine there. The “home” is a one bedroom mobile home which was built in 1963.
It is in the Madison Valley with mountains all around and the Madison River within footsteps. Great fly fishing! I wasn’t sure if I could find a sewing machine store anywhere close so I did the next best thing – ordered from Amazon. I ordered an inexpensive ($150) Brother sewing machine that came with a hard cover and walking foot.
Sewing in the kitchen – Look closely
The machine came the day after we got there and it’s terrific. It’s not my Bernina, but it sews great. So look close at the picture, dark as it is (sorry!) and see how lucky I am – sewing machine, wine, little creek just out the window and a BBQ. What more could anyone wish for? Well, maybe an extra bathroom would be nice if it were more than just two of us staying here.
Close up of piecing
This log cabin table runner is an unfinished object that I started quite some time ago. I had 18 blocks made up but not all sewn together. It started as a kit for a lap size quilt but I realized that it would look quite nice on an antique side board that we have inside our front entry at home where we tend to drop mail and keys. The 18 blocks are the perfect size. I have sewn them all together and quilted it simply with the walking foot. While trimming I did some measuring and one end is almost 3/4″ wider than the other. How come? The wider end is the one I did on the new machine! Obviously the 1/4″ mark is different enough that with all these seams, it added up to be that different. I will have to be creative with attaching the binding in order to try to “equalize” it. The binding will be added tonight so that I can hand sew the back side tomorrow when we drive to Yellowstone Park.
Here it is in place, back at home!
Addendum – The pattern for this log cabin block is by Edyta Sitar and is called Cross Roads. You can find the pattern here.