I had plenty of time to catch up on all sorts of other things while my machine was away. I read most of my 4th ed. Harriet Hargrave's Heirloom Machine Quilting. I'm taking notes and highlighting and am hoping I've got myself prepared to finish up these projects I've been working on.
And, I spent time attaching #1 nickle plated steel curved safety pins into these handy Quilter's Delight pin covers.
I was able to purchase the pins at Wal-Mart. The pin covers and the Kwik Klips tool I purchased at Joann's with 50% coupons. I think it took well over an hour to attach all these. I believe I have about 300 pins here and hope that will baste any project I've got plans for quilting.
But, on Friday my sewing machine called to me, "Let's sew!" After taking last week off I was anxious to get back to my next quilt project that I was ready to start.
This is the Table Runner as pictured:
I wanted to stick as close as possible to the color scheme as the layout given. It just makes it alot easier when following the instructions and the color coding in the book.
Here are my fabric selections:
Which means that when I measured after sewing and pressing, my seams to outer edge were over the line a smidge rather than on the short side! So, I ordered more thread. I'm convinced it is worth the extra couple of dollars per cone. However, after adding a couple different colors to my cart at Harriet's Treadle, I found that the shipping was based on $ rather than weight or what could fit in a priority shipping box. So, I googled and found Presencia Thread here. And, their shipping was a flat $4.95. Sorry Harriet. Didn't figure I wanted to pay $19 shipping when I could get more thread for that.
All strips get cut at the same 1 3/4". This time I cut my entire strips rather than only the specified number required. I will plan to use them for placemats or practice squares in the quilting process. I realized after the last project that I've got partial strips from all my projects and wonder why I didn't make extra squares. Scrap strip sets are just odd.
My process had to change for this, and I think we probably could have used a little explaination as to how to press a seam open. Now, that may sound a little obvious to some, but really, how to you get the seam on the front to lay flat if you are not using the iron to guide along the 1/4" seams on the back? I decided to lay the pieces back side up, use my finger to finger press the seams open, then press that side, then turn them over and press flat. Then, starch. Please comment below if you have a preferred way of pressing open seams.
Each time I add a strip to the block I recheck my measurements to be sure I'm still accurate.
After adding 4th strip to block I came up with this.
Now, reading the directions for assembly, I find a picture of a 6x6 layout! My first questions was, "WHAT?" that's not a Table Runner! Then as I read, I see that we are given an option as to how we want to assemble this one. So, here are my choices:
Then here is another layout choice:
Feel free to leave your comments!