It’s been a crazy whirlwind kind of life for me lately. I have had very little time to spend on my relaxing, fun, much-loved hobby. It was such a relief to walk into the TCSMQG meeting on Wednesday. I left my stress at the door & enjoyed every minute I was there. We focused on machine quilting, made name tags, & did a table runner swap! It was so fun to see what everyone came up with! I LOVE gathering with people who share my enthusiasm for all things modern quilting.
This is the table runner I made for Kristina. This project was full of firsts for me. The top was a challenge. I didn’t have a pattern, so I made a few mistakes & had to rip everything out, re-cut everything, & start again. There were a few moments that I wanted to throw it in the garbage because it just wasn’t turning out the way I envisioned it. Luckily I stuck with it & ended up being pretty happy with the results! I used a quilt-as-you-go technique for the back. That was really fun & pretty easy. Then I did some hand quilting on the front. I was careful to catch the batting but not go through the backing, so the front quilting doesn’t show on the back. I’m not sure it would have ended up making a difference, but I really wanted it to reversible if Kristina liked the back. I was hoping to have enough of the print in the binding to go all the way around, but I didn’t so I found a blue & green (from my Kona roll) that matched. Because I didn’t go through all the layers when I was quilting, I was nervous that it would fall apart or not look good after being washed. So I washed it & luckily it stayed together & got that nice wrinkly loveliness! (Pictures are pre-washing)
Oh & we made name tags! Here’s mine, I haven’t put my name on it yet…
Happy crafting! Enjoy the Easter weekend!