Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fast and Furious!


I made this table runner in two days! That's a record for me. I learned two new techniques with this project. I learned bargello and quilt-as-you go! I was a little nervous when I first started it but the directions made sense and I caught on right away. The pattern is by Ann Lauer and her directions were excellent.  I think it looks much harder than it actually is.

I sewed together 20 strips, 2 1/2 inches wide in a specific order. I made 2 sets of 10 strips that were identical  except for the direction of the seam allowances.  I made a tube of each set. Then I followed a cutting guide. I would alternate cutting strips between the 2 tubes. The seam allowances always fit perfectly and nicely since they were pressed in opposite directions.

 
I also bought a flannel with a grid to help keep the strips nice and straight. There were 41 strips in all. It went so fast. The best thing is that it's all quilted when you're done! I'm in the process of putting the binding on it now. 


The next step is to applique ornaments and bows. I'll enjoy working on the applique by hand.  I'm so glad it will be all ready for Christmas! I was hoping to work on it last year but never got to it.

So it looks like I have a hand project now that I have this table runner to applique. I also have a piecing project I'm working on. I'll post pictures as I make more progress.  And last but not least, I'm making progress on machine quilting my Pinwheels and Posies quilt. I guess that's enough. I can't start anything else for awhile.


Almost forgot to show my assistant helping me throughout the process! She had to keep everything nice and warm with her fur!

12 comments:

  1. Really pretty bargello! I've never tried that method--looks like fun Julierose

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    1. Thanks! You should try it! So fun! You'll really enjoy it!

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  2. Those are nice colour choices. I'm looking forward to seeing it with the applique.

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    1. Thank you, Colleen! I really enjoyed making it so far!

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  3. Is this the connecting threads pattern.? I have always wanted to makeitbut now they only have it in PDF format and I prefer a color paper pattern. Did you buy the kit and did it come with the grid? It is beautiful!

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    1. I have seen it in the Connecting Threads catalog but when I went to buy it, they had sold out. About 1 1/2 ago, I found it in a quilt shop and it was a kit! I had to buy the grid separately. I bought it at Nancy's Notions. I found it really helpful. I like having a paper pattern also. So much easier than it looks!

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  4. I've never done bargello, but this makes me want to try it. It will be so pretty with the ornaments.

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    1. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to add the ornaments! It's an easy technique. Hope you try it!

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  5. love this and your color choice was wonderful. I also think your assistant is a cutie pie! looks like my Phoebe.
    cant wait to see more.

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    1. Thanks so much! My assistant adds lots of fun to making anything!

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  6. Beautiful Rosemary! I haven't attempted Bargello. Ahh maybe someday!

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    1. Thanks, Joanie! I know, there's so much to try and so little time! So glad you visited my blog!!

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