I mentioned a bit ago that I was given a few star blocks from our guild’s block drawing, and I’m glad to say I’ve actually done something with them! I put them together into this table runner, using some fabric from my stash with outlines of the states for the borders. I can’t lie, I would probably have let the blocks languish in UFO territory for ages if I hadn’t been so jazzed by the speaker at our last meeting! I was really inspired by Lane Wilhite’s quilting, so I decided to put the runner together to have a practice project!
For starters, I outlined the blocks and the stars with a clear monofilament thread by “stitching in the ditch.” If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s quilt-slang for straight-stitching along the seams of your quilt blocks, in the “ditch” created by the bulk of the seam allowance under the fabric. Lane pointed out a little trick to help with “ditching” that I really should have thought of myself – with one hand on either side do the needle, gently push the fabric taut so that the ditch is easier to access!
Brilliant…. I’d planned to switch to a more visible thread, but decided that I like the look of the monofilament, so I’ve kept on that way instead, with some bubbles in the center of the blocks, and meandering in the background fabric! I’m pleased with the look.
I’ve also been working on the house block from my block of the month, though not as faithfully as I had planned. But again, progress being made is a good thing, right? Unfortunately, I already received my next block, so I’m officially behind, but the next one is a set of US flags, and I plan to cheat. The pattern calls for the stripes to be appliquéd onto the background, but I don’t see me doing that… I’d much rather stitch them together by machine then appliqué the field with stars on after. I know, but really, when have you ever known me to follow the pattern? Never…
So that’s what’s happening here, happy weekend to all of you!