Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Something Old, Something New

This table runner is my first quilted project in over ten years! My first project was an enormous quilt for my twin sister, Myrnie. Our bedrooms were joined by a bathroom, with a door on either side. I worked on that quilt in my room, late into the night, for at least two weeks. Myrnie Never. Knew.


The quilt started falling to pieces after a few years. (Sorry, Myrnie.) I was so discouraged, I lost all interest in quilting.

Until recently.

I found a quilt pattern that I fell in love with, and decided that BBJ must receive one for her third birthday, coming up in a few months.

Seeing as I hadn't actually done any quilting in the past ten years, I decided to start small. A quilted table runner, made from upcycled linens. I wanted something I could set in the middle of the table to hold serving bowls at dinner time. It needed to be able to withstand the heat and spills of our dinner, be completely washable, and protect the table.

Here's what I came up with. It's two nine patch blocks. Each patch is made up of nine little patches. Make sense? If you follow the link above, you'll see a great tutorial on how to do this with very little effort.

It's not perfect. In fact, I'm fairly certain I made at least one mistake every step of the way. (Unfortunately, there were so many mistakes, I can't even remember them all. Hopefully I'll fix the mistakes that I do remember, next time.) The blocks don't line up, I sewed the binding on backwards, and I quilted every column going one way, and every two going the other way...on a 9 block pattern. So...there's a spot at the end where the quilting is much closer together, since there was an extra row!

I'm asking my quilting buddies out there for advice. (Mrs. D, I'm looking at you.) I don't dislike this project, but I want the quilt I make for BBJ to be better. Any advice for me?? I wanted to do free motion quilting on this project, but I don't have a darning foot for my machine, so that will have to wait. Oh, and I tried stippling at one point, so there's a little corner of the runner that's stippled. Heh.


Myrnie said...

So wonderful! I love it. I've fallen head-over-heels for thin, free-motion-quilted, quilts this past year...and have a "stretch" goal this year of making one. And here is is, july, and I've no plans in the works. Sounds like it ain't gonna happen, unless I can get it done after the garden goes to bed in the Fall. But I can't wait to see BBJ's quilt :)

BTW, I still adore the quilt you made for me :)

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Su said...

Very neat! I cannot believe that you quilted 10 years ago. You must have been a wee child :)

I can't wait to see BBJ's quilt as well.

Tammy said...

You really need to come to the Bay Area to quilt with me... although I have had the new babies quilt pinned and waiting to be quilted for about 2 weeks now and between guests and a wedding, I haven't done it yet. Sadly, except for baby quilts I send all my quilts to a lady in UT, who does AMAZING long arm work... beautiful. Can't help you with the stipling.