Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Shop Announcement and More on a Project

We will be away for a week and unable to process orders in the Etsy shop.  Orders placed September 3 through September 10 will be filled beginning September 11.  Thanks for your understanding and patience!

Now for the project.  Sue shared this table runner in her post about July UFOs as her one finish and thought she would share a bit more about it.  First, she is really happy with how it turned out and how it looks on the dining room table.  The mix of cheerful colors is great for summer.
But what she likes best is how the quilting turned out. She started out by stitching down the center of each horizontal and vertical row, but wasn't quite sure where she was going to go from there until we watched a Quilting Arts video called Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford.
Catherine shows you how to quilt contemporary geometric designs with a walking foot.  This is where Sue got the idea for the gridded design that's focused on the circles.  She added rows 1/4" apart on both sides of the center stitching until the circle was covered.  Keeping the focus on the circles with some negative space in between gave it the contemporary feel she was looking for, as well as securing the circles that were fused in place on the squares - form plus function!
The thread used was a variegated Rainbow thread by Superior.  It blended well with the variety of colors in the fabrics.  It also worked well with the backing fabric.
Though Sue usually used a separate binding, in this case there was enough backing to fold the edge to the front.  So looking for a way to save some time, that's what she did and secured the edge with a machine blanket stitch. 

We thoroughly enjoyed the video by Catherine Redford and would recommend it if you are looking for ways to broaden your quilting skills.  In fact, it may be time for us to watch it again!

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