Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Finish: Diana Table Runner

I had really hoped to have two finishes this week, but alas more tension issues with my Handiquilter, so it looks like it will be visiting the shop soon.  But I did get my test quilt/table runner done, so I do have something to show you.  I got the wonderful opportunity to test the quilt pattern Diana by Cora's Quilts. Which was a super fun pattern which taught me another way to make Half Square Triangles (HST).  I'm starting to like HSTs, which is odd because I never thought I would. The pattern is Broken Dishes blocks with sashing and they come together very quickly.  I rifled though my stash and found a brown with green, teal and purple and thought it would make a perfect table runner.  So my Diana was born.

These blocks went together so fast.  I cut them and sewed them in just part of an afternoon.  I really debated about only using two colors, the brown and the green or throwing in the purple and teal. That probably took more time than piecing the blocks themselves.  The pattern calls for corner stones but since the table runner wasn't very big I decided not to use them and just did a white on white print for the sashing. It sat o my long arm longer than it took me to sew it.  I just couldn't decide on what thread to use.  Parchment looked really good on the sashing and good on the blocks but I thought it would stand out on the back.

I finally decided on Sand Dunes, which is a variegated tan/cream.  I picked it because it blended with the blocks and the backing very nicely, and wasn't too stark on the sashing. I did an all over meander, because I really wanted the blocks to show not the quilting.

And I have to say I'm very very happy with my points, are they perfect, NO, but they are pretty good.  I think a lot of the credit is my new sewing machine, it really flows over they points with ease.  Learning to make HST is pretty easy, but sewing them all together was much harder for me.  I also have to say the Bloc-Loc Ruler has really helped as well. If you've not seen them demonstrated, check out their site. I did manage to get an outside shot of the table runner.  I wanted to show all the colors of the brown fabric so you could see why I chose the green, purple and teal.

Now I've made table runners for two weeks in a row and still don't have my dinning room table cleared enough to use one. I might have to find a different use for them. I did notice this one work well laying over a chair in the lobby at work. Might be a way to add some color to the tan couch at home.

Now the wonderful Shelly @ Cora's Quilts is offering a coupon code for 25% off of the pattern in her ETSY shop until 8/1/14, just use the code ANNEandDIANA.  Now if you want to see her version and what the other testers created head over to Cora's Quilts.  And if you like the pattern make sure you get it while it is on sale.  I'm hoping to make a full size version of this quilt in the future. My last quilt shot for the week. I still love the little chalk board.

Now when I had to stop quilting this week, my frustration level was at the max and I needed something to calm me down and sooth my brain.  I have plenty of other projects but somehow sewing seemed too taxing for my fragile emotional state, so I decided to start organizing my fabric.  About a month ago I purchased some comic book backing boards.  I've seen several people use them to hold their fabric.  I had tried the folding around a ruler method but it always seemed to fall apart when I moved things. So I purchased 200 boards thinking that would be more than enough.  I've separated my fabrics by big box stores (JoAnns/Hobby Lobby) and Quilt Shop quality fabrics.  The big box fabrics were mostly bought when my local JoAnns was moving and I got a bunch for 75% off list price.  We bought lots knowing we'd want to practice on the long arm, and such.  Well I've spent time every day folding fabric and last night I ran out of boards. Yes I've used 199 boards (I cut one in half to see if I wanted to do that for FQs) and I'm not through all of my fabrics, in fact I've only really gotten my big box book case done.  I will say, that I'm very happy with how it looks.  I still need to do some more color sorting, it is more in categories right now, but I still have more to load, but have to order more board today. Here is my progress to date....I didn't take a before picture but believe me it was a disaster!!!

Today I am linking up with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya Quilts, Quokka Quilts, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation and Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio.


  1. The table runner looks great! I like your choice to use 3 colors out of the backing fabric, it coordinate really well. I am sorry to hear that you are still having tension issues. I hope that you can get it resolved and back to quilting fun soon!

  2. Beautiful table runner! Nice pattern. I really like your choice of fabrics ... :) Pat

  3. Your runner turned out beautifully - thank you so much for testing our pattern!

    Best of luck with your tension issues and have fun with those boards! I'm on my third pack and am loving having everything so organized!

  4. The points on that runner look perfect to me! Choosing the thread is always a challenge for me--I just used two different colors (one and top and one in the bobbin) and it was a bit of a challenge. The runner looks especially good in the outside photo! The colors really shine.

    Your stash is looking quite organized!

  5. The backing fabric fits so well. Lovely combo! and what a nice and tidy stash!

  6. Dianna is a pretty runner, Shauna. Your quilting was just perfect on this!

    Love seeing those neat stacks of pretty fabric. I may have to try those comic book boards for folding. Yours look wonderful!

  7. Very cute table runner. I really like the color choices. They look beautiful together. I recently reorganized my fabrics as well. Instead of the comic book boards, I used the magazine boards. They're a little bigger and are the perfect size when you double fold selvedge to selvedge. I also cut some of them in half lengthwise and that works well for anything less than a half yard.

  8. Nice runner! The colors work so well together. And I think your points look pretty near perfect. Great finish!

  9. Your table runner is very nice, I like the combo of the variegated yarn with the blocks.

  10. The table runner is beautiful! My table is never clear enough to use a runner either. Your fabric looks so pretty all organized like that. Want to come to my house and do mine??

  11. I keep the door shut on my fabric stash - much easier to ignore the mess!
    So you have made a table runner that can double as an antimacassar on the couch. Perhaps you do not need to clear the dining room table after all.


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