Sunday, October 17, 2010

Table Runner

This week has been full of sewing DRAMA! I was faced with issue after issue with anything I tried to work on. My hobby wouldn't play nice.

In the last post I mentioned I was working on a camera strap. Turned out to be a bust. No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to work with me. In the end, I had to scrap it. There wasn't anything I could do to fix it. Not to worry, I will try again. I just have to get more fabric, as I only bought enough for one.

I also worked on a fall table runner for my dining room table. I have had a roll of 2.5" strips of fabric from Joann's that I really wanted to put to use. Perfect colors for fall. Unfortunately I learned the hard way that Joann's doesn't cut accurate 2.5" strips. After taking the time to draw out a plan and take measurements, I had to re-work everything. SO frustrating.

Most people wouldn't have even bothered with the fabric (any fabric) from Joann's, but I am still hard pressed to spend a boat load of $$ on the designer fabric. First, it isn't in my budget. Second, as a beginner to all things sewing, I would rather ruin the cheaper fabric than the designer fabric. I have bought a few pieces of the quality fabric, on super sale, and as my skills increase (as well as budget) I am sure I will get more. Until that time, I am happy to use Chain Store fabrics, I just have to remember they suck at cutting an accurate straight line!

Back to the table runner. After re-working my diagram I started to sew. I am really getting the hang of my machine and feel like my stitches are getting more and more accurate. To quilt it, I stitched in the ditch. You can definitely see some mistakes in the first few lines of stitching, but as I went along it got better and better. I didn't rip any of the stitches out, mainly because I hate doing it and because it gives me a look at my progress. All in all the table runner turned out really nice.



My design is based off the tutorial on Moda Bakeshop. I changed the dimensions and the center. What do you think?


7 comments:

Jennifer said...

You did a wonderful job! I would have never guessed that there was drama trying to sew this...

Jennifer :)

Elizabeth D. said...

Kera, that's so true about the cutting at Jo-Ann's. They're dreadful. They really ought to cut at the 37" mark for a yard, because when they cut at 36" you're so not going to wind up with an actual yard! Argh. This runner turned out great, very festive for fall. I definitely don't see any mistakes, you did a great job! Happy Fabric Tuesday!

Leslie said...

i love the colors in your runner!! it looks so great.

Chic Creations said...

Your table runner looks wonderful. I love the colors. It is simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Dayle said...

So, so pretty. My mom made me a delightful Christmas table runner that I enjoy so much.

I’d like to invite you to a link-up event at my place on November 5th and 6th called, The Airing of the Quilts. I’d be pleased if you could join us, and hope you’ll hop over to my blog and grab the party button so you can help me spread the word.

Katie @ Sew Many Mamas said...

So pretty! Never would have guessed you had drama!

Quiltstory said...

Ooooo now those are some fall colors I can love! I love fall colors in nature...but translated to fabric I don't find as much that I love. It turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing, see you next week!