Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More OPI

Working away this week on two projects: The Japanese Taupe Quilt and a "new" one -- a table runner.  The mother of my manager at The Shop bought a kit for an appliqued runner a few months back.  The kicker is, she doesn't quilt.  She just loved the she "commissioned" me to make it up for her, telling me to take my time.  I decided that it would be a good project to tackle while my brain is working on my next 15 x 15 piece.

The pattern is "Blessings Runner" from The Quilt Patch Pattern Company, and it was fully kitted except the batting and backing.  I washed all the fabrics last week -- even the small pieces -- and spent several hours yesterday tracing the patterns onto fusible web, fusing them, and cutting them out.  By early afternoon, I had the runner laid out on my ironing board:

So far today I've done all the fusing, and have begun to machine applique the piece, using black thread and a simple blanket stitch for that 'country' feel.

It's just fussy enough to sharpen my machine applique skills.  I found that if I sat doing the applique at the machine for too long, as I began to feel it in my shoulders.  I think I need to relax a bit; I expect I'm tensing up because I want it to be just right.

And there's more:  I'm having a bit of a tough time appliqueing dark-against-dark fabrics, even with my standing daylight lamp on over my left shoulder.  Hmmm...old age rearing its ugly head!

Ah well...I will persevere!  Now...before I stretch and walk to the Post Office for the mail, I'll link this up to WIP Wednesday at The Needle And Thread Network.  See you later!


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

wow!!! I am loving that runner.

elle said...

It does look like a nice project!

Jo Ferguson said...

Whew! I'm not the only one who needs three lights around their sewing machine. Surely it can't be age! It's a lovely runner. I have a soft spot for country/folk art. Thanks for the sneak peek into your sewdio. I love the hanging bag for thread and the quilt on the design wall.

Linda A. Miller said...

Taking breaks and remembering to breathe... important!