Pink/Blue Table Runner by Jordan Fabrics

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I finally finished and mailed off the last of my dozen freebie soft children’s books today! 🙂
(Thanks again for reading and following my blog, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win one of five cross stitch kits here)
It took a while for me to work on the books, organize my crafty room, care for my new vegetable garden( that’s now threatening to die due to powdery mildew) and run a household of 4 and three kitty cats.
I’m learning how to balance everything out and not “lose the moon by counting the stars”, so help me God.<3

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My a/c could not have been installed at a better time, today was 94 degrees!!! My goodness!! 😛
I got going on this table runner kit, precut and sorted by Jordan Fabrics. I love the colors and the patterns! They have many more colors and patterns for table runners as well as log cabin and rail fence kits, check out their store here.

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With so many projects I’m enthusiastic about doing, I wasted no time getting started on this pretty table runner. I got my pieces organized and ready to go on my design wall; I absolutely love my design wall!! (Read more on my post and how to get your own design wall here) I was so excited to finish this that I sewed a couple of wrinkles on a block, thank goodness for a good seam ripper!
This was quite the learning project, I’d never done a table runner before, and I’m glad I found this easy kit to put together!

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I am very proud of my pressed open seams! 🙂 Look at how even they are! I burned my finger tips a few times, but I was so motivated to press my seams evenly!

20130811-022923.jpgThis kit actually came with pretty blue floral print fabric for the backing, but as a learning project, I decided to spare the pretty backing fabric and use some scrap flat sheets that I used as backing for my first hand quilted quilt.

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20130811-023125.jpg I’m a bit of a pin-nut, lol , I like to pin everything to ensure it doesn’t move out of place. Although, pinning a table runner was a first for me! I learned a lot about how NOT to pin a table runner. You’ll see what I mean when you see the pictures of when I finished quilting it.

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After aligning and pinning my table runner, right sides facing in, I cut the excess fabric and prepare to sew around. Sewing all around and leaving an opening to turn inside out was the easy part. It was the pinning and quilting part that really challenged me…
I’ve watched plenty of videos on machine quilting and, somehow, it seemed so easy to do, in my MIND! Lol but it did not translate well when I ACTUALLY machine quilted this table runner.

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As I quilted this table runner, I could not for the life of me, figure out why my fabric kept shifting AFTER I pinned the heck out of it as even as I possibly could!!!
Have you quilted a table runner? What’s the secret to pinning it evenly to quilt EVENLY?!
My fabric shifted on a couple of corners, causing me to sew some wrinkles in my table runner. I was disappointed that I didn’t quilt this better, I had it all planned out in my head.. But my hands and my machine did not follow very well..

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Timmy kept my toes warmed while I fussed over the wrinkles on my table runner, it was past midnight when I finished this project. Lol I’m quite determined when I start something, although not all the time. 😛

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After it all, I really like my table runner, wrinkles and all! 🙂 I decided to use it as a wall hanging to pin notes and patterns on it. I’m excited to get perforated hardboard and foam tiles in my crafty room!
I’d like to look into a quilters table as well, but all I’m due time! 🙂
Thanks again for reading! I appreciate the positive feedback and comments!

Toodles for now,
Diana , Jeanie, Timmy and Ray<3

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2 responses to “Pink/Blue Table Runner by Jordan Fabrics

  1. Love, love, LOVE Jordan Fabrics!!! I’ve bought some of their Log Cabin Square kits- she used to have an adorable cat-themed one, you should see if she still has it! I’m quilting my first project as well, but it is usting a much more basic style. I’ve never made a table runner, so I can’t offer advice, except to keep practicing and don’t get discouraged!
    I love seeing all of your projects!!

    • Oh how nice!! :)) I’ve just started to browse her store on ebay and inquired about anything kitty themed!! I love kitty themed anything!
      And good luck with your quilting project! I’m excited to see pictures of it! What does Desmond think of it? 🙂
      And thank you for the encouragement! I’m using some scraps to practice “quilting” and keeping everything aligned! My goodness , my hats off to people who machine quilt BIG projects on a medium sized sewing machine!! 🙂
      I would love to upgrade to a symphony, by babylock, but financially , it’s not something I can do just yet. But I dream of upgrading homes someday, having a room for crafting and owning a sweet sixteen or even a long arm machine! 🙂 all in due time!!!
      Thanks for reading!

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