Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fun and Games Table Runner Part 1

I wanted to do something fun, so came up with an idea to make a table runner that Kathy could enjoy with her many nieces and nephews. This is a very large table runner, so large it will need 3 posts.  

Part 1:  Checkers     Part 2: Tic-Tac-Toe     Part 3: I Spy

Part 1: Checkers 

I saw this in a magazine once to sew strips of black and red material together, then cut them so you have strips with red and black squares. Alternating the strips sew them back together to get a checker board pattern.   I thought this was a great idea for the start of a table runner.  Of course I sewed too many strips together, would have made a huge checker board, so I cut off what I didn't need and made a cute little bag.

Checkered bag to hold the checkers.  I found a game for about $3, which I took the  checkers out of.  

I used a white/beige print for the border around the board.  I still had some of the black/red strips left so I cut them down to make a second border.  Then again with the white/beige print. I think it came out pretty neat. 

Added the word 'Checkers' to all sides in red and black

Checkers any one?

Happy Reading!
Next:  Fun and Games Table Runner Part 2

Saturday, January 25, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Table Runner

Digging through my stash of material I came upon some St. Patrick's Day material.  It must have been in the little dresser I purchased from the neighbor, because I don't think I would have purchased this on my own.   I found the green material on clearance around Christmas time, which was a lucky find. 

This was one of the last table runners I made for Kathy, so I was pressed for time.  I used the tube method of cutting out the blocks.  I did not take pictures of what I did, hey, I was being rushed.   I saw this done on a video from the Missouri Quilt Company.

For the end panels, I did more of an arrow.  Looking at it now, I wish I had done the arrow going the opposite direction. 
The center panel. Another thing I think would have looked nicer was if I put a border around the center panel instead of having the points right at the edge.

The completed project.  I did a stitch in the ditch to do the quilting.  Around the edge I put a four-leaf clover design.  


I did my signature in two places, like every thing I have made, on opposite ends. 

Not all of my points matched up, but it still came out okay.  I am still learning doing these small projects.  

I know this is a pretty short post, so be patient while I recuperate from a nasty cold.   

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Next table runner is the fun and games!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Valentine's Day Table Runner

I really wanted to give Kathy something for Christmas, that I know she would use and that I have had in mind for her for a long, long time.  She has had several get togethers at her home for not only her family, but ours as well.   

I have posted four of the table runners I made her, here is the fifth.  

For Valentines Day, I ironed assorted fabrics onto double sided adhesive sheets, then cut out heart shapes.  I was going to use the pink for the back ground of the hearts, but the fabric just didn't feel right to me, it did not have a tight weave.  Since most of my materials were bought from an elderly woman when she moved to assisted living, I'm not sure what kind of fabrics I actually have.  So I found four different colors of the same type fabric to use as the back drop of the hearts. 

What is more romantic than roses.  This fabric I used as the borders and the backing.  I also made an apron from this when I purchased my new machine.  There was quite a lot in that stash I purchased.

49 hearts and the backing.

Once I cut the hearts out, I added sayings like on the candy hearts you can get at Valentine's Day time.  I did this on the solid hearts.  

This is before I trimmed all the loose threads.  I discovered that I should have done this prior to ironing on the background, it was hard to cut some of the threads off.

Add some decorative stitches around each heart. 

Added two little puppies to one. 
Some of the hearts, I added words after I ironed them on to the background, which I thought looked nicer.

Looking at this heart, it is a mess.  I can see the threads on the back. I should have done all the wording after I ironed the hearts on the background. 

I overlapped the hearts on to the borders, to make it look like they were thrown haphazardly on the table.  These are the finished panels.  

The finished table runner. 
I learned a lot doing these appliques.  So hopefully in the future I will not make the same mistakes.  Overall though, I think it came out nice.   

Happy Reading!

Next table runner is St. Patrick's Day.
Check out these posts to see other table runners:  
Fourth of July


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Table Runners For Kathy

Even though these are not my current projects, I wanted to share some of the table runners I made my sister-in-law, Kathy, for Christmas.  The first one I made was for Halloween.  What fun this was to make!  I didn't have to worry about getting corners exactly matched up.   
Started with these fun prints, cut in to 1 1/2 inch strips.
Cut random five sided black on black piece of fabric.  I sewed a strip on on side of the black piece.  Pressed then trimed to match the edges on the other sides.  I then continued to add strips around the square building out. 

Panel 1
 These are the finished panels.  I built out with the black fabric until I had enough to cut a twelve inch panel.  
Panel 2

Panel 3
Panel 4
I then added 2 1/2 strips around the blocks and border.  With right sides together, I sewed the  backing, batting and top together, leaving a space open.  I turned the the runner, right side out and added a decorative border to the edge.  

The final step was to do the quilting.  I used a silver thread and the quilting stitch (looks like hand stitching) on my machine, I added spiderwebs on each panel.  The finished panels. 

I think it came out nice.  There are a few issues with it, like the silver thread kept breaking so on the back there are some points that look like a big knotted mess. Also, by sewing the top to the back before quilting, there is some bunching on the outer border.  These are things I have learned not to do in the future, so all is good.

Can't forget to put my signature on the table runner, also done in silver thread.  The spiderweb design matches up with the signature on the finished product so it looks like the spider took the time to weave in a design.

The finished product.
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Watch for the valentine table runner next!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Apron for Olivia

On Jan 11, I post pictures of material for future projects.  Saturday afternoon, I finished the one for my great niece, Olivia.    These are the prints I used. 

To make the straps, I cut long strips of fabric 2 ½ inches wide.  With right sides together, I sewed the strips in half on the long side.  To turn them right side out, I used a nifty little gadget my husband made me when my girls were little.   

My husband cut plumbing conduit in 12” pieces.

Then cut the bottom half of a wire hanger off, shaped one end into a little hook.

I place the material tube on the conduit.

Slide the wire hook inside the conduit until the hook is sticking out the other end.

Grab the material with the hook and pull the material through the center of the conduit.

The tube is now right side out.  I can now straighten and press the tube flat.  I sew close to the edges of the strap to keep it flat.
I then basted the straps on to the apron front.  Next, I pinned the straps to the front of the apron so they would not be in the way of sewing the front and back together. Then with right sides together, I stitched the front and back of the apron together, leaving an opening in the bottom to turn it and making sure to catch all the straps to both sides of the material.    I then turned the apron right side out, pressed the seams flat, then stitched around the entire apron edge to keep the apron flat and to strengthen the strap locations.  (Sorry, I did not take pictures of this part in the construction of the apron, I will the next time I make one)

Back of the finished apron.

Front of finished apron

And of course my signature on the front and back.


My sister-in-law, Denise, posted this picture of her grand-daughter, Olivia, with the apron on.  Judging by the smile on her face, I think she liked it.

Happy Reading !

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Preparing to Sew

I really have the bug to sew, sew, sew.   I should have purchased a new machine years ago.  Sorry Kenmore, but the old machine had it limits.  I still have the old Kenmore, not sure I will part with it just yet, it still works and will be a good back up if needed.  

The last few days I've been cutting fabric for a few projects.  This is what I have so far.  

More Christmas prints that I got on clearance.  Yeah!

Puppies and Kittens, and Seagull print.  This will be a reversible apron for my great neice Olivia.  I heard she liked blue, my favorite color too.

More clearance Christmas prints. 

Jimmy helping me out, taking a snooze in his 'man cave'.

Jack keeping watch at the door, almost nodding off. 

I also have a table runner I did a while back that I need to put the back on.  It is a smaller version of the one below.
Made this for my sister-in-law for her birthday.  I cut so many blocks, I had some left over and made a smaller table runner just like it. 

I'm off to sew.  

Happy Reading !