Monday, June 23, 2014

Would You Believe Another Wedding?-And Design Wall Monday

     First things first. It is Monday (AKA Design Wall Monday). I am still working on Susan's blocks. I am about 3/4 of the way finished with them. I hope to finish them this week. Actually, I hope to finish several weeks ago, but other things keep cropping up.

      The blocks that should go in the blank spot are on the portable design wall that I can put next to my sewing machine.

      This weekend I had yet another lovely wedding to go to. Sonja is a member of our sewing friendship group, which usually meets around twice a month, but has not met in weeks because 2 people in our group have been busy planning weddings. Paula is her daughter, and she got married this past Saturday, on the summer solstice.  As I write this, I am regretting the fact that right now, I don't have a photo of either Paula, or last weekend's bride Emily. I am not the sort of person who always remembers to take photos while the event is happening. I know there will be plenty of photos circulating in the coming weeks, but both brides were so beautiful, and looked so happy, it would have been nice to be able to share a photo with you. 

     So, instead I will share photos of the table runner that I made for Paula, and her new husband, Keith.

       Last week I made her a table runner for a wedding gift, but didn't blog about it because I didn't want any of my friends to see it before the wedding. First, I chose fabrics and used them to make a strip set. 

      Next, I spray basted a length of batting onto a back for my table runner.  I cross cut the strip set, and for fun, I varied my cross cut sizes a bit. Next I laid one cross cut piece, right side facing up, down the length of the table runner, on top of the batting. I laid a second cross cut strip, right side down on top of the first piece, and pinned along the edge.

      Then, using a walking foot, I stitched along the edge of the strips. I sewed through 2 strips, the batting, and the back of the runner.

      Since I wanted this runner to be symmetrical, I  kept adding strips on either side of the center strip until the table runner was as wide as I wanted it to be. After each strip was added, I just turned over and pressed it.

      Then, all that was left was to put the binding on.

     So, that is what I have been up to this week. There are plenty more projects to see over at

      Hope you week and your official summer are both off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by!



  1. What a fun way to make a table runner. Love how it turned out.

  2. The table runner was a great idea and you chose beautiful fabrics for it. I like your style...the blocks you showed for Susan's quilt are eye-catching. I love the quilt in your header too. Hope you keep chugging along on Susan's quilt!