Saturday, May 30, 2009

TABLE RUNNER & HAND QUILTING

I need a break from cleaning bathrooms, so I thought I would do a post. I finished this table runner this week. It is the same as the one I made for my desk, only I added a blue border to make it a little bigger. This can be my patriotic table runner for the summer. I love the inner red border with the little airplanes on it. I got it because DS#3 is a pilot in the USAF. I want to make Jonah something out of the fabric - maybe a bib. I don't know what else I could make for him with what I have left over.

Last night I started the hand quilting on my tumbler quilt. I decided to try fan quilting and I think I like it. This will be my TV watching project for a while with other projects in between.
You can see the backing fabric in the lower left corner. It's not the prettiest, but it looks like reproduction and it was cheap (I think it was $2/yd!!!). This will probably be a wall hanging, so it won't show anyway.

I am marking as I go, kind of. I am following Tonya's tutorial for fan quilting. I am using round canning seal for marking the smallest curve and then using my little finger measurement to roughly mark the following curves as Tonya suggests in her tutorial. I like it that she says it doesn't have to be perfect! Hee Hee! I'm not very good at perfect! I'm using brown quilting thread. I debated using beige or gold, but the brown looked best.

Don't do too much cleaning over the weekend!! I won't, I'm sure!

11 comments:

christine said...

Wonderful hand quilting!

What are using to mark the fans...? a template or free hand?

And was also wondering what color and type of thread you are using on this quilt?

hope you make lots of progress this weekend...happy quilting!

Karen said...

I enjoy doing the fan style of quilting. It gives a nice overall look to a quilt.

Darlene said...

I'm in awe of your handquilting! I thoroughly enjoy handwork and want to learn how to handquilt, so badly. Just this morning I signed up to take a class at one of our local quilt stores from a very talented handquilter. I realize that it's all about practice, practice, practice but I'm hoping she'll provide some good tips.

Cornfield Quilter said...

I want to thank you for leaving a comment on my blog! It gives me a chance to visit your blog and to thank you for stopping by. :D I love your tumbler quilt and have a small one of my own made with Jo Morton fabrics. It was fun to do and I love how you quilted yours. Wonderful!

Judy said...

Oh the hand quilting looks wonderful and I so wanted to see what fans looked like on a tumbler quilt! I am about to start mine and wondered if they would look nice...they DO!!

I know Christine asked, but are you marking them free-hand or marking them with a template? Your stitches are just lovely!

Thimbleanna said...

Your hand quilting is beautiful! I love fan quilting too -- it just seems to flow and feels good when quilting!

Jacquelynne said...

Super cute table runner- I really like your machine quilting (especially the stars in the corners).

a good yarn said...

I'm so excited to see you start the quilting on the tumbler blocks. I really like this project. Your table runner uses some really nice fabrics.

Happy Stitching...Ann :)

Teresa said...

The quilting is perfect for the tumbler - both very traditional and you look like your are off to a great start. My mom did a lot of "fan" quilting on her quilts and got really upset with me when I called it a Baptist Fan pattern - me being Baptist and her Methodist. She said it was not a Baptist Fan...just Fan. I had always heard it referred to as Baptist Fan though.

Christine said...

I like the way you're quilting your tumbler quilt. Look forward to seeing more of this one. I would like to do one .... one day.

Karen said...

Love the tumbler quilt! Do you use a hoop when quilting small quilts? I would like to make some mini quilts, but my hoop is too large. I tried without a hoop once and didn't like it. Maybe small embroidery hoops would work when quilting mini's.

All your BOM's are wonderful. I'm slowly working on The Polka-Dot Girls and also A Tisket, A Tasket and Veranda Views. Lots of fun.