Category Archives: Sewing

Table Runner

When I was in Canmore and Banff back in February I picked up this kit from the Sugar Pine Quilt Company because making a table runner was number 18 of my projects for this year. The kit came with the material for one table runner, though the pattern featured three different versions, all of which can be made with charm packs. I love sewing or quilting projects that call for pre-cut fabric because it saves me the hassle of having to try and find material that matches, and then of course, the actual cutting.

The colours are not something that I ever would have picked myself, but I suppose that’s another perk of using a charm pack for this project is that in this case I didn’t have control over the colours.

This was my first time doing such small piecing, so while things are not lined up perfectly, I’m pretty happy with how it looks. I did the stippling myself as well. It felt like this took me FOREVER and it’s really not very large, I can’t imagine trying to stipple a whole quilt myself. I think it’s worth the cash to just get someone with a long arm quilt to do it for me!

Now that I know I’m moving home to teach I’ll be living with my parents for awhile to save some much needed money, so I don’t have much need for a table runner. I’m still crossing this project off my list, though I think I’ll probably give this one away and make another for myself at another time, perhaps once I have my own kitchen to put it into?

 

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Fat Quarter Produce Bags

I love fat quarters. They are the perfect size for small projects and it’s amazing sometimes the number of projects you could get out of one fat quarter. They are also small and seem to “fall” into my basket without me knowing, it’s very peculiar.

Robert Kauffman came out with a Dr. Seuss line of fabric and back in February when I went shopping with my mom and aunts I bought a few fat quarters. They’ve been in my stash since them not really having a specific purpose, but they sure are cute. I’m always on the lookout for cute fat quarters!

While they were sitting in my stash my friend Susie posted about some fabric produce bags she had made using a tutorial from Daisie Janie that made use of a fat quarter. I decided to give it a try. It took me around half an hour, start to finish, and could have taken me even less time had the iron and ironing board already been out.

The size is perfect for a produce bag, although as I was saying to my roommate, I’d feel like I was shoplifting by putting the produce into my own cloth bag, but I think I could get over it. When all was said and done though I realized that this was the perfect shape for a lunch bag, if I were to follow the instructions but use a piece of fabric that was slightly bigger than a fat quarter. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my list!

Boardwalk Table Runner

One of my projects for the year was to make a table runner for myself. I like how they are like quilts, but in smaller and more manageable sizes. If I had all the supplies I could make a table runner in an afternoon as opposed to a quilt that takes me all eternity. When we were at the Sugar Pine Quilt Company back in February I picked up a kit for making a table runner.

I’ve been working on it slowly for a couple of weeks now. It required a lot of cutting, although most of the cutting was out of charm squares which made the cutting easier. I didn’t realize that the pattern had so many little pieces in it though. Keep my seam allowances even has proven to be a real challenge with this table runner. I’ve had to make use of the seam runner more than once to try and get things to line up properly.

The brown squares in the middle are my most obvious mistakes. The sizes are a little off from square to square, and some of them came out looking much more like rectangles than squares. That being said they are only obvious if you are going to stare at it and scrutinize it, but for the most part once I get this table runner finished it will sit on the table with my giant fruit bowl on top of it, so most of the flaws won’t even be noticeable!

I sat down with it last week determined to get it finished that day only to discover that the kit either didn’t come with backing or else I cut something that I shouldn’t have. I could probably piece something together to make the backing work, but I haven’t tried that yet. All that remains once I have the backing is to quilt it and bind it then I can cross this off of my project list too!