Sorry for my lapse in blogging. I know I owe you a post about our new book. But I need to download and optimize some photos to do that post. And to do the download, I need to go to the university where I have fast internet (mine at home is still a little slow). And I haven't been going to the university every day now that it's summer. Do you ever get like that? (i.e., Well, I need to do X, but in order to do X, I have to do Y and Z first, and I can't seem to get Y and Z done.) Story of my life. So, it's coming!
Until then, I'd like to share something else. I've mentioned before that I belong to Sweetwater's Label Crew. Last month's free pattern was the Summer Table Runner (click on it to get the pattern). It came with some fun labels. And I ordered some of Lucy's Crab Shack fabric to make it. I really LOVE this fabric!
I shouldn't show it, because I'm sending it off as a gift to someone who reads my blog. But maybe she won't be reading it today or in the next few days (to see why, read on below). I'm really happy with how this turned out. I think it's adorable. But how could you go wrong with this fabric?!
Here is a close up of the quilting I did. Just simple lines and triangles. Once in the ditch and then once opposite. I really liked this pattern, because they even suggested the quilting design in the pattern. Coming from someone who often has difficulty deciding how to quilt her project, I really appreciated the suggestion. I used white Aurifil thread to quilt it.
Here is the fabric on the back. I love that, too. I am sending this to a friend who is having a mastectomy today. She is a young woman...maybe only 40, if that. She was a doctoral student at The Ohio State University when I worked as a professor there. She was not my doctoral student, but she worked closely with me on some projects. Since she graduated, we have become friends (as often happens with doctoral students...I usually can't wait for them to graduate so we can be friends!). Anyway, when she was a student, she had breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy. She stayed in school through the whole thing. I always tell her she is my idol and role model for a strong woman. Well, almost 10 years to the day later, they found a spot on her routine mammogram. So, she's having a mastectomy today. I feel bad that's she's going through this again. She always says the beach is her "happy place." The whole time I was sewing this, I was thinking of her. Although I love this table runner and I adore these fabrics, I am sending it to her and hoping it brings her a little joy and happiness right now when she needs it. If you want to read about her situation, you can visit her blog, Scarlett in Modernity. She has been very open about it all. Please send your positive thoughts her way today.
Anyway, as far as a pattern review, I thought this pattern was very well written. The runner is very easy to put together. I think I made the top in a couple of ours (including cutting). It took about 30 minutes to quilt, 15 minutes to sew the binding on, and maybe another hour to do the hand sewing on the binding. I really appreciate the quick but cute projects that Sweetwater gives us all. I would recommend this pattern if you are looking for a quick and easy project. I would classify it as a "beginner friendly" pattern. The triangles are bit and easy to sew together. You don't have to do anything funky with the corners (like hang the end out 1/4 to accommodate for the seam allowance). Just match the tip of the triangle to the corner of the other triangle and sew. It all works out. It would make a good hostess gift
**Note, I purchased this pattern and all the supplies to make the project with my own money.
In my next post, come back to see what I did with the scraps! I had plenty of scraps from the project, and I can't wait to show you what I did.
Until next time,