Hello fellow blog hoppers! Today is the first day of the Dots on Dots Blog Hop hosted by Corrie of Quilt Taffy and Mdm Samm of Sew WE Quilt!. Both are fantastic blogs and resources and I am excited to be part of this Blog Hop - I've lurked for a while and decided to jump right in, so I hope my first attempt goes well! I know all the other particpants are awesome, make sure you check all their blogs out and give them some bloggy love too!
Here's today's schedule:
AnnieOak Designs (that's me!)
The full schedule can be found at Quilt Taffy here.
Now on to what I did. I've been wanting to make a table runner for a while so I thought this would be a great opportunity. I pulled out my trusty block book and went to work finding a star I liked. I chose the Fifty-Four Forty or Fight block and sketched out the table runner in my notebook. Figured out the amount of fabric and off I went. I needed four colors to make the block work. I am a JoAnn fan when I need something quick (a trip to a LQS would be an entire day and I am not shy about admitting that), so I wandered over and found these three coordinating dots fabrics and a navy to pull it all together.
Since the table runner called for three 12.5" unfinished blocks and some borders, I cut everything out. Never used my Tri-Recs rulers before and turns out, they are pretty handy. Thanks Nancy!
Then off to sewing.
|Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Block|
I said I wanted a table runner right? Well, I also wanted to try my hand at machine quilting with my Juki and I figured this would be the perfect opportunity (plus it seemed like a lot of work to get the thing on Diane's longarm for a lot of little work). I pin basted it and being the control freak that I am, sketched the block out in my notebook and played around with the quilting designs until I liked what I had on the paper.
On with my machingers and off we went! I started by stitching in the ditch around the stars and doing a dotty/pebbly motif in the navy areas around the stars.
|Pebbly Navy (sorry - the flash is aweful)|
And this is as far as I got.
|Almost all the way! 2 out of 3 blocks done.|
Ran out of thread. This being my first attempt at machine quilting on my Juki I neglected to over-purchase my thread. So, I am not going to the store tonight, so it lays unfinished, hanging over the bannister staring accusingly at me every time I go up and down the stairs. I will get it done! I has been too fun to do and I want to finish it before I start on my next project.
Now to the giveaway. Since I am a stasher I ALWAYS buy more fabric than I need for a project. What if I mess up a block? What if I want to add to the pattern as I go? Gotta have the wiggle room right? Right. So, I am giving away a fat quarter of each of the four fabrics I used for the table runner.
Just leave a little comment in the comments section and I'll pick a random winner at the end of the Dots on Dots Blog Hop, September 21. For an extra entry, be a follower and leave me another comment telling me you are a follower.
Now, your next assignment is to check out the rest of the lovely blogs on the Dots on Dots Blog Hop! Don't forget to leave bloggy love!