Friday, October 12, 2007

Quilting A Fall Table Runner

I haven't been real creative lately, as you all know. I have wanted to, but there has either been a time problem, or I just have had no energy. I made a test block yesterday to see about making a whole quilt, and after cutting a few pieces the wrong size, the block didn't end up as I wanted. I had to cut the size of the finished sub-blocks down and so, it just didn't turn out like it should have, so I abandoned that quilt idea, at least for now. I'm more of a quick and easy, get the job done, and move on to the next one, kind of girl.

But I have been feeling a little more creative. My sister in law, last year, gave me a really pretty table runner that she made connecting 5 individual blocks. I decided I liked it so much, that I wanted to quilt it somehow. I decided to add a new back to it to make it more versatile, and so I could use it all year long, if I wanted to. I cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover the back, sewed the runner to the fabric, turned it inside out, pushed out the points, basted it down, then sewed a seam much closer to the edge, tore out the basting stitches, and pinned it to the quilter. It turned out pretty good, really. The quilter sounded real thumpy, since I didn't have any batting in it, and I basically quilted three layers of fabric, but I think it turned out pretty good. I actually found myself talking to myself, I was so excited. Now, I usually DON'T talk to myself, so maybe it's a 'after 50' thing, huh? Oh well.......So here it is. I used a varigated cream to green thread, and used the same thread on the back. I have been using the Bottom Line threads on the bottom for quilting, but since I don't have any varigated Bottom Line, I decided to use the same on the bottom. Now, I kind of wish I would have used maroon Bottom Line, so that it looked quilted, but you couldn't see the stitches as well. Because there is no batting, I don't think the stitches look as nice and smooth as they should. Oh well....Live and Learn!!!!
Yes, Jen, and everyone who knows me well, I DO, usually have to have maroon in everything!
So now, I'm thinking about going back downstairs, and putting a backing on my test block from yesterday, and quilting it. It measures over 16" square, so that should be a nice 'doilly' placemat, or whatever kind of thing, eh? Well, I guess you'll just have to check back later and see if that is what I did!!!!


Jen said...

That table runner turned out great!! You have Maroon and Green EVERYWHERE, don't forget the green!!! =)

And the talking to yourself thing, that's just a byproduct of becoming friends with my mom and I. We're always talking to ourselves.

Gina said...

I love the autumn fabric in the runner and your quilting looks fine.
as for talking to yourself, I do it all the time. sometimes it's the only chance i get of a decent conversation.
love and hugs xxxx

Nancy-Rose said...

eMichelle! Just wanted to thank you very much for the sewing machine advice. I think old Bessie might just hang on for a few more quilts. I am so happy!!!

Kristie said...

I really like how the table runner turned out. Very nice. I was trying to catch up on your blog. I have been so lazy lately. The candles in your yard are very cute!!!

Maureen said...


I love the table runner...beautiful and the quilting is gorgeous!


Nancy said...

What a great fabric for fall! And the quilting is beautiful. Table runners seem like fun, but my dining room table is never un-covered enough to be able to see one if I had one there!


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