Progress on Night Sky is coming along nicely! All the stars are done…welllllll, I have six seams left on the white/silver stars but the stars are basically done. Now I just have to add the sashing…frame….borders? Whatever the black pieces around the stars is called. That is my quilty goal for July. To get the sashing done around the stars, and hopefully get the top done!
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I mentioned last post that the finishing instructions (final week) were published at We All Sew on November 28. Last night I finally got around to finishing this awesome table runner!
Like the sample in the quilt along, I was going to quilt straight lines to keep the modern look but….I can’t sew a straight line. Instead I got to try a pantograph for the first time! Here’s the story: I have this other quilt (that I love but can’t show right now because it’s a Christmas gift) that I wanted to quilt with a pantograph. Seeing how I had never done it before, I figured I should practice on something small(ish) before attempting to do a whole lap quilt. Enter the Sugar Plum Table Runner. The pantograph was the perfect size and fit the modern/whimsical look of the piece. I think I did a pretty darn good job as well.
This past weekend I enjoyed a mini retreat with Momma Bear and a friend. I even got to try a Pfaff Passport 2.0! Using the amazing little machine, I finished the table runner ‘pillowcase style’ as per the quilt along. I really like the no border look and a pillowcase finish, while similar to a faced edge, is much easier to do on smaller projects. I just need to add my label (always add a label!) and this table runner is ready for Christmas dinner!
I enjoyed participating in my first quilt along and would highly recommend joining one if you never have. It’s a fun experience and having a set date for the next part to be available really motivates you to keep on track.
Sewing right sides together and then turn inside out for a pillowcase finish.
It’s been a while…and I haven’t really gotten anything done! Shameful I know but it’s Christmas time – there’s shopping to be done! Anyway, here’s a quick update on some of my ongoing projects:
Sugar Plum Table Runner – The final week was published at We All Sew…I’ve gotten the blocks sewn together but now I just need to quilt it and bind it. I’m still not sure how I want to quilt it. I was thinking of doing straight lines as per the quilt along since it is a modern design and all…but to be honest, I’m not the best at sewing straight lines so can you see my dilemma?
KQG Mystery Quilt – The second installment will be provided at this week’s meeting (Dec 5 @ 9:30am at Glen Carin United Church if you are interested in coming). I heard that it has plenty of small half-square triangles which I’m so excited for (not really).
Pattern Making – YES! PATTERN MAKING! I’m sort of doing it? I’m stuck between “Yes, let’s be an awesome pattern maker” and “But this is an original and no one else should have one”. While I continue that inner monologue, I have started a pattern for My Fair Isle and instead of using the finished square size of 1 inch, I thought I’d try to make it mini (1/2 inch finished square) but…………………yeah. Maybe I’ll go back to that idea in the new year. There’s always Christmas in July right?
That’s what I’ve been up to on the quilt side of life. Hopefully I’ll have something finished to share for my next post!
I was really enjoying my new journey in paper piecing…until this snowflake block. Not as easy as I thought it was going to be. The actual paper piecing part was fine but then sewing those four blocks together to make the final block AND get the points matching was another story. One block I had to unsew twice before getting the points to somewhat match. The second block I only have to unsew once. But I guess that’s what makes quilting fun because if everything was perfect every time it would be boring…right?!
The center block is a traditional pieced star block that I really love the look of. It’s my second favourite block of this table runner (the poinsettia is the first). If you are doing this quilt along, I would suggest doing the Magic 8 Method for the half-square triangles. You need 8 HST so this way is much faster (and easier) than doing them the ‘regular’ way (as explained in the quilt along instructions). For this block you need an finished size of 2 x 2″ which means to do the Magic 8 method, you will need to start with a 6″ or 6¼” block. Read More
One thing about being a new quilter (or new at anything) is that there’s always a bunch of “firsts” – First time cutting fabric, first time sewing, first time “unsewing”, first time doing a mystery quilt, etc. Well I have two new things to add: first time doing a quilt along and first time foundation paper piecing.
A quilt along is very similar to a Block of The Month program except the instructions are usually provided weekly. These are great multi-week “lessons” for quilters of all skill levels. Fresh Lemons Quilts is hosting a quilt along for their Sugar Plum table runner at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. It’s a modern Christmas table runner with a mixture foundation paper piecing and traditional piecing.
I was a little hesitant to participate in the quilt along because this is my first go at paper piecing….which seems like a very intimidating method (especially if you look at Judy Niemeyer quilts). Thankfully these aren’t extremely complicated blocks and the detailed instructions make it very easy to understand and follow…but that doesn’t mean you won’t have (user related) issues. I had to “unsew” a few times because the pieces weren’t right (put on wrong, more than a quarter inch seam, etc.) and one block I just tossed in the garbage halfway through because it was looking terrible. Having done 12 paper pieced blocks so far, I really enjoy the process and the end result is amazing. Everything is so precise and on point.