Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Finish: Scrap Table Runner

I got a lot done this past week, but most of it I can't show you.  First thing I did was get my new sewing machine set-up.  Now that might seem like a lot, but before I put it on my sewing table, I empty everything from the storage area and from the top of the table.  Now 90% of it went back into the storage area or on top, but it is much more organized now.  And a lot of what was on top of the table is now stored behind a closed door. Now I have more room on the table surface, and it just feels better.  Of course I didn't take any before or after shots to show you, but trust me it is much better.

One of the things I found when I pulled everything out of the storage area is some left over rail fence blocks I made several years ago.  When Sharla and I started quilting again we went to a local big name store (which I won't name, but it's name rhymes) and bought a couple of small jelly rolls.  Our plan was to practice our 1/4 inch seams and make quilts for the dogs.  Sharla just sewed hers in rows, but I did my as a rail fence.  Now I will say the fabric was cheap both in price and in quality, so the left overs were just stuffed in my storage area.  When I found them I thought they would be perfect to test my thread breakage problem on the long arm.

My only issue is I didn't really want to do just a rail fence so I laid two blocks together, with the rows going opposite directions and then sewed around the edges.  I then cut them on the diagonal both ways creating 4 Half Square Triangles (HST) from each pair.  I trimmed then HST down to 5 inches.  This gave me HST where one side had three fabrics and the other side had two.  I played with a couple of different layouts and finally settled on a simple one so that your eye didn't go to crazy when looking at it.

The color mix is one I really love although I don't normally use much orange.  I think I may have to look for some good fabric to make another one.  I pulled a yellow from my stash for the back and binding and it matched the yellow on the front very nicely.

As you can see above I used an all over meander, and didn't have near the tension issues, so I really think it might be the cone of thread that was causing my earlier problems. Below is a close up so you can see more of the random pattern that was created by making the HST.

It is not a big table runner, ending up a 40" x 13 1/2" before washing.  Since my table is covered, I brought it to work to photograph.  I really wanted a couple of outside shots but we have had rain and overcast skies, so I settled for the lobby area of my office.  Overall I'm very happy that I used up some less than stellar scraps, got to test the tension on the long arm and got to sew on my new machine.  A very good week.

An let me say my new machine sewed over those HST like a hot knife though butter!!!  I was able to finish very quickly so I started another table runner.  It is using a pattern I'm testing for another designer.  The table runner is complete and sitting on the long arm waiting for me to have time to quilt it.  But I can't show you any photos of it until the pattern is released, which should be next week.  I hope to have it and another quilt to show next Friday.  Today I am linking up with  Let's Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya Quilts, Dizzy Quilts, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation and Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watkins Star Reveal

Ok I can now show ya'll the test quilt I did call Watkins Star. It was designed by Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy and it is a super fun pattern. Her version of the pattern uses patriotic fabrics and is very cute, but I wanted to do something a little different.  I had a set of colors in mind and had most of the fabric, but went looking for one special fabric. Instead I found some totally different fabrics and this is what I did with them.

Now this is what her sample looked like and I love her colors, but I've been a grey kick lately and when I found the pink floral with the touches of grey I just had to use it.You can purchase the pattern on Craftsy (ie. HERE).  She did her points a little more random than me, but I think it looks good both ways.

I think it is so much fun to see how different people use the same pattern yet come up with so many different looks by just using different fabrics.  Her blog show some really great options that her testers completed. I was hoping to get it quilted on Monday, but it has been a crazy week and I've not gotten anything I had planned done.

My problem is I can't decide if I want to put a border on it or not. A couple of the tester put borders on theirs and I really like how it looks. It is currently about 55" x 55", so it is a good size, but I really like big quilts.  I'm thinking about a small 1" purple border, then a  2" yellow border and then a 4" floral border which would make it about 69" by 69".  What do you think does it need a border?  Here is a little better show of the fabrics used.  I plan on the floral as the backing fabric.

It was a fun quilt to make, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  I was able to cut it very quickly (shhh don't tell anyone but I did it at work). The way it is laid out there are not many matching seams (YEAH), so it went together very quickly.   And did you notice the chalk board in the first photo? I removed the washi tape I had on it.  I think I want to paint it, but that will come later.  I'm just having fun using it.