Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A little table runner ...

My kids have been up North with Nana for the last week, and will be there all this week too. They are having a fantastic time, and I thought that a little present for Nana was in order. She loves every minute of her time with the grandkids, but, lets be honest - watching a 7 and 9 year old can be hard work!!

Of course - I decided this on the weekend, while I had my feet up relaxing on a crate/table/footstool, and had no access to a sewing machine. You see, right now, Nana has 4 placemats in the centre of this crate/table/footstool thing. It was screaming out to me - YOU NEED TO MAKE A TABLE RUNNER FOR RIGHT HERE!!

Since we are heading back up on Friday, I really didn't have a lot of time!!

I drew up a little template while I was at work yesterday, but of course, I kinda lost track of the pattern somewhere in the middle since I left the template on my desk (good place for it right?). I started with this little pile of fabrics:

table runner fabrics

I used Kona cotton, and Essex Linen (natural).

I decided to use a little tutorial from Oh Fransson! a.k.a. Elizabeth Hartman over on Sew Mama Sew.

I ironed the pieces onto a piece of fusible interfacing:

ironed onto fusible interfacing

Then, I folded them at the appropriate spots, and then sewed with a 1/4 inch seam. You then have to cut the interfacing and iron. When I first started, I wasn't sure it was going to be faster, but, I tell you, it took no time at all!!! It really helped make sure things were lined up nice and square, and there was no stopping once you had the ironing done. Just sewed it all up sooooo super fast.

Before I knew it, I had this done:

getting there ...

Then, tonight when I got home from work, I was able to finish it up, and make my quilt sandwich!!!

ta da!!

all ready to quilt

Now all I have to do is some quilting, and the binding. Since the drive up to the cottage is 2.5 hours - I think I should be good!! I am thinking some straight line quilting .... Does that sound good? I guess I need to decide what colour to do the binding too ... hmmm ... maybe brown??? I am not sure.


  1. Val, wow impressive, can't wait to see the finished article!
    Kandi x

  2. That is really pretty! I am starting to really love solids and this is a cool example of what you can do with them!

    Thanks for sharing!