I've been sewing on one project exclusively for sooooo long I needed a palate cleanser so to speak so I pulled out this project. I figured I could actually finish this in a day which wold give me some sense of accomplishment.
The pattern is by Ursula Riegel at Designs to Share and includes directions for placemats and two sizes of table toppers. I'm going for the largest table topper. Which calls for 5/8 yd of the feature fabric, 1/2 yd of the coordinate and 3/4 yd of backing.
|Starting with a 10" square and cutting off the corners.|
I have never done a project that called for partial seams but they turned out to be easy. You have to have a ruler with an easy to see 45 degree angle mark for this project in order to cut those corners as you go.
|After the first round of sewing you have a placemat 14 1/2" x 14 1/2". Cute but I'm ready for round two.|
After completing three rounds of sewing I ended up with a topper 24 1/2" x 24 1/2" ready for quilting. I'm using my amazing stitch-in-the-ditch walking foot. It's hard to see here but I have old gold metallic thread in the top and black thread in the bobbin. Always bring your bobbin thread to the top of the project before stitching to avoid those nasty rat nests on the back of your project. My machine will stitch in place to secure the thread but if yours does not take a few careful stitches before going all out to anchor your thread.
|This is what I use to grab that bobbin thread - industrial tweezers purchased at a booth at a quilt show. You know the ones I mean with a million little gadgets.|
Just look at that stitching! That foot was worth every penny I paid for it, I think about $25.
The finished runner on a table just to give you an idea of the size. The whole project including cutting and quilting took four hours. This is going into my gift box for the coming Christmas season and I think I'll make a few more with holiday themes they're so easy and quick.
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Until next time,