Getting back into sewing …

With travelling, working at Quilt Canada and my job, it’s been a bit of a struggle to get back into sewing / quilting.


Quilt-as-You-Go table runner

Yesterday, at a guild workshop / sewing day.  I made the above table runner and put the binding on today.

Easy Free Table TopperWe used this free pattern from Phoebe Moon.   However, to make it a quilt-as-you-go runner, there were a few changes:

  1.  Obviously, you do not need to use white, green & pink … choose colours / fabrics of your own choice.
  2. The cutting directions were confusing.  SEW … we ended up with these cut pieces:
    • white: (1)  9 ½”  x 9 ½” square
    • white: (2)  12″ x 2″ strips
    • pink:  (2) 12″ x 9 ½” rectangles
    • green: (2)  12″ x 9 ½” rectangles
  3. Sew the 12″ x 2″ white rectangles onto the 12″ side of ONE 12″ x 9 ½” pink and ONE 12″ x 9 ½” green rectangle.
    • sub-cut these into pink (6) 2″ x 11″ rectangles and green (6) 2″ x 11″ rectangles
  4. Sub-cut the remaining 12″ x 9 ½” pink rectangle into (6) 2″ x 9 ½” rectangles.
  5. Sub-cut the remaining 12″ x 9 ½” green rectangle into (6) 2″ x 9 ½” rectangles.
  6. Spray baste one side of the batting and smooth it down onto the backing.
  7. Mark the batting centre lines, both horizontal and vertical, with blue chalk.
  8. Position white 9 ½”  x 9 ½” square with each corner on a blue chalk line. Baste in place.
  9. Take (2)  2″ x 9 ½” pink rectangles, place one right sides together on one side of the white square. Place the other on the opposite site of the square.
    • Increase your stitch size (somewhere between 3.0 and 3.5)
    • Bring bobbin thread to the top
    • Sew with a ¼” seam.
    • At the end of the seam, leave a tail of thread before cutting the thread, and bring the bobbin thread to the top.
    • NOTE:  Bringing the bobbin threads to the top ensures that your back is neat and tidy and you won’t need to bury any threads!
  10. Take (2) 2″ x 11″ pink rectangles, placing them on the 2 other sides of the square.  Ensure the small white square lines up with the centre chalk line.
  11. Follow the original directions, trying to keep the  white squares lined up with the centre chalk line. Cut & bind as directed.

Here are pictures of the ones 2 guild members made.  The first one has binding attached, it just needs to be turned under and sewn.  The 2nd one needs to be trimmed and binding added.  Aren’t they both beautiful?

Here is a couple of pictures of ones I made around 4 years ago.  The first ones were made from the original pattern, using a jelly roll and using 2½” strips (without cutting them down to 2″)  The black, white, grey one was  made as a “Quilt-as-You-Go.” IMG_4896


As you can see, this pattern can lend itself to many variations and is quick and easy to make!

Stash Report

I usually don’t count quilts that I start for teaching as part of my PHD in 2018 / UFO challenge.  If I teach the same workshop again, I don’t want to have to start over … so those projects go in my “teaching” box.

However, with the Quilt-as-you-go Table runner … it is a finished project.  One that was started and finished this past week.  I used 6 fat quarters for this project: 2 were pieced together for the back, one for the binding and 3 for the top … so 6 fat quarters equals 1.25 yards.  Not a lot, but, ever little bit counts, eh?

Fabric Used this Week:    1.25  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  155.35  yards
Fabric Added this Week:     0  yards  (yeah … no shopping = no fabric!)
Fabric Added Year to Date: 49 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:  106.35  yards 

PHD in 2018 Report

Hmmm … I think I need to start another column of projects started in 2018!  For my PHD in 2018, all projects started in 2018 need to be finished by the end of 2018 (with a few exceptions).  The idea is to NOT increase the UFO count!

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Happy Quilting!

16 thoughts on “Getting back into sewing …

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  2. Thanks for sharing all the variations. 🙂 It is easy to decide that one doesn’t like a pattern only to realise later that actually, it is a fabulous pattern in another colour choice. I also like how the grey scale fabrics make the black and white print look like it gets darker towards the middle on the last example. Cool illusion.

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  3. I agree it can be hard to get back into the swing of things after a bit of a break, but it looks like you are sliding right back in. I love that this runner looks so good in so many different fabric combinations.

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    • Hi Tish,
      Thank you! One of the reasons that I really enjoy teaching is to see all of the variations that individuals create. It’s sew much fun!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  4. Hi Gail,
    We have been trying to find a table runner pattern that was easy to make, as we have two to make for Sue’s nephew. This one might just fit the bill! The last picture you shared are the colors they want . . . hmmm. Thanks for the great link and tips. Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne …
      It is a really easy pattern to make … especially if you ignore their cutting directions and follow mine!
      Let us know if you decide to make it! And, I’d love to see the finished project (of course!)
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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