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Friday, 26 August 2011

I finished something!

A table runner for a round table
 I had a goal this week to finish something, and I did! This table runner is something I started last December. In fact I had nearly finished it, but then I made a mistake. I layered my top, batting, and back in the wrong order. (I was just sewing it around the edge and then turning it through. No binding.) I didn't discover this mistake until I had clipped all the corners and trimmed all the seams and was actually turning it through. Of course, I couldn't simply unpick it and carry on. It just made me mad and I was completely over it. Then we moved and my sewing things went in to storage for six months. I was sooooo glad to see it when I unpacked it at the end of July! So this week I unpicked it, repinned it, sewed it again, and then today I quilted it. I'm pretty happy with it.

Up close
 This was made completely with scraps and there was no rotary cutting involved. I just used scissors to cut up the fabric and I just kept sewing strips on until the blocks were about the right size. I did trim them a bit to get them together (with the scissors). Do you have problems layering things? I often do. I'm at my worst with bags. Linings are a nightmare, but I have trouble working out where and how to put pockets and handles as well. I often get muddled and then have to unpick. I'm sure I have quite a few projects in this muddled and needing unpicking state. (I get too mad to work with them!) Of course, after being separated from my sewing stuff for six months I have had time to cool down and may even finish some more things next week.

On our letterbox
I am not yet finished unpacking or sorting out the sewing room. It seems that this may never happen, so I have finally begun to sew in the middle of the mess! (The best alternative I thought!) I haven't done any sewing since the end of July when I altered Miss 14's new school skirt. And that hardly counts as sewing! After today's quilting I can tell you without hesitation that my sewing machine is just perfect (I love to use it so much) and I have many, many good things that enable me to sew with ease. Gosh I missed my stuff!

15 comments:

Lorraine said...

Good for you!! A finish!! woo hooooo......! Yvonne and Deb are coming to my house tomorrow with their civil war quilts.....perhaps you could join us!! Glad you are sewing again....my sewing room is pristine...LOL...well tidy anyway...so am hoping to spend some time in there this weekend. Keep the finishes coming!!

Sue said...

I LOVE the colours you've used. How big is your runner - I'm having a dyslexic day - LOL!

Maree: said...

Well Done on a Finish Kris...
Love the Design of this & the Quilting has really brought the Sq's to Life...Great!
cheers

Amanda said...

Looks great. Love all the colours

Sarah said...

That is a very groovy table runner!

Dawn said...

Wow how spesh is that...I love the uniqueness of it... so cool
Hugs Dawn x x x

Life's little stuff said...

WOW i love it the colours are great.
Sometimes it is just a matter of one thing at a time and i think a table runner for a round table is definitely on the top end of the priority list. lol
Hugs N

Ann Marie said...

Looks great glad you got your mojo out of storage at the same time. When you have to do a complicated project like a bag with pockets, handles, and linings. Try safety pinning it (a lot) first and see if you have everything where it should be. Much easier to move safety pins, than unpick, re sew, un pick, re sew......etc.....

Jantine said...

Such a beautiful table runner. THe simple quilting adds to the quilt, it makes it really... not sure what the right word is in English, but I really love it. I want to touch it.
I am glad you got to it at last as it is very pretty! I completely understand why you started sewing within the mess after 6 month of being away from your sewing stuff!

Shay said...

Oh La La ! Talk about a pop of colour or three !

I've out things away for longer than 6 months that were giving me grief. I'm glad you finished this one because it really is special.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Love it! It is just so...happy! :)
Sometimes when projects are naughty and won't behave properly they just have to be put away for as long as it takes for them to learn manners...and in my sewing room that can take years!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

lovely Kris...

Lotti said...

So absence really does make the heart grow fonder, even where sewing is concerned.

Lotti said...

By the way, really love this piece .... it is so gorgeous ... the colours are so vibrant.

Suzanne said...

Absolutely beautiful...worth the wait to finish it!