Friday, June 24, 2011

What I've Been Up To

I am really falling behind on blogging again.  We have been spending so much time outside that I have have just been to beat to blog at night.  I have spent the last 24 hrs reorganizing the sewing/playroom.  I feel like this is a task I do way too often, however I am notorious for letting it get out of hand.  As soon as I am fully finished, I will post some pictures.  I have also finished my July Table Runner of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop, which I had blogged about here.  I finished the second side and it is now quilted and bound.  Overall I am happy with it, however it was very hard to quilt.  As you can see in these pics, the two sides are very different.

The instructions with the kit called for it to be quilted along the straight lines in the pic above, and to follow the lines of the triangles also.  Had I followed the other side (first pic) I would have ended up sewing over the blue triangle pieces which would have sewn them down.  I followed the directions, however I think it looks weird on the one side, here you can see
I also feel like it left too many unquilted (not really a word) areas. After flipping this over for way too many times on my dining room table, I have decided to leave it like this
After having a mental debate, which I won, I have decided for my other runners I am going to do each one separately and just back it with muslin.  This way, I can quilt each side the way I want AND I will have two quilts.  Not sure I will have enough for binding, however I can simply get a solid for one.  I love that while this runner is certainly not perfect, it came together so much easier than many others.  The main problem I still have is that no matter how slow and careful I am with sewing and ironing, my blocks are never the right size and very uneven.  Any tips for that would be so appreciated:)  
I plan on spending the rest of the weekend finishing cleaning and sewing so many unfinished projects!


Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Really love this one. Especially with the daisies. It is super cute. Good for you.

Jodi said...

Your runner is Beautiful !! I might have to do this project myself. Lol I enjoyed reading your blog. Happy Sewing !!

Amy said...

I like the runner, very pretty fabrics! I had the same problem and double checked to make sure my seams were exactly 1/4" (and they werent). Every little bit makes a big difference overall.