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Table Runner

Posted in New beginnings on April 30, 2010 by sticklane

My “Third” project came about quite by accident.

I had just bought a couple of books to help me with my new-found hobby. Quilting for Dummies was the first (book that I bought) and this book covers the basics reasonably well but, I also wanted a book which had some good project ideas that a complete novice would be able to achieve. I ended up with a copy of Layer cake, jelly roll and charm quilts. Having visited a few sewing shops in my locality, I had amassed a stash of fat quarters and a jelly roll. What could I make next?

The next project idea came quickly. It was my Mother-in-law’s birthday. She is especially difficult to buy presents for; each year my husband usually ends up giving her some cash towards a spa voucher. I suggested that we/I make a table runner. The thought of making her something was very appealing, she would definitely appreciate it.

The colours in the jelly roll would be a good match for their lounge. Firstly I thought of just piecing some strips together and adding a border. But once, I had laid out the strips I wanted to use, I decided that the pattern was not going to be “special” enough. By cutting the strips down and arranging them in a random pattern, it looked much more promising.

I cut the strips into 5 inch lengths but when I had sewn the pieces together to form the patchwork block, it seemed, well a little bit on the small side. Fortunately, I have enough left over to double up. Once this was finished, I added a border and went to the fabric shop to buy my binding fabric.

The colours of my table runner were fairly pale in colour so I decided to use a dark fabric for the binding. I must say I am pleased with the result, although I didn’t manage to take a photo of the finished project, I hope to add one in the future.


Hello world!

Posted in New beginnings on April 29, 2010 by sticklane

Well, this is a bit of an adventure for me.

It all started several weeks ago, when my twin sister decided that she wanted to have a go at some crafts involving a sewing machine. Previous to this we had both been involved in card-making and scrap-booking.

Anyway, Amanda had borrowed a sewing machine from her husband’s Grandmother and she asked me if we might be able to get hold of some sewing machines from the “free-cycle” web-site. I duly placed a “wanted” ad and got a few replies. We didn’t managed to get a newer machine for Amanda but we did manage to get a Jones Model 831 which must be at least 35 years old.

Subsequently, it was my birthday and Amanda had made me a simple patchwork bag for my birthday. This was a fantastic present and I must say I was keen to learn how she made it.

A few days later we went to our local fabric shop and bought some pieces of fabric (Which I later found out are called “Fat Quarters”). I found myself cutting out some 5 inch squares of fabric and starting to make a simple patchwork bag.

A few hours later and with lots of help from my sister, I had managed to make a simple patchwork bag for my daughter. I was delighted with the end product although, I had cut the squares by hand and was not too happy with the accuracy of the cutting.

The finished bag showing the reverse fabric.

The finished bag.

Being so pleased with the results, I decided to get better acquainted with my sewing machine and I decided to make a small and simple quilt.

The patchwork pieces ready for sewing together.

The finished quilt with green border and pink binding.