Hi there, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am glad it’s Friday! Not only that, but I finally completed my reversible 60 inch quilted table cloth! Yay!
Spring Time Reversible 60″ Quilted Table Cloth Side One – Designed and made by LaTawnia Porter
Spring Time Reversible 60″ quilted table cloth
Pictured above is side one and side two of the table cloth. I hadn’t put them together yet, obviously.
But here is a couple pictures of the two sides put together. I can’t wait to put it on my table.
Spring Time side one
Spring Time side two
I really like both sides. Side one is so Spring-y and side two makes me think of cool lakes in the early Spring, still being embraced by Winter’s last snow. And, well, as you can see, we still have a bit of snow here in Montana. I’m not sad to see it go as I am looking forward to planting my lily bulbs and getting my garden started.
I didn’t use quilting batting in this tablecloth. I used a white cotton sheet instead. And instead of normal binding, I used Wrights Bias Tape Maxi Piping, in lime green (I bought it from Amazon.com). The quilting part was free motion machine quilting. Actually all I did was some channeling inside the blue squares and diamonds on side one and then stitch in the ditch around the outside of the main body. Just enough to keep the tablecloth from bunching and getting squirrel-ly.
This first one was certainly a challenge and I learned a lot making it. I think I will make some changes on the next one,but that won’t be for a while. I have another quilt in mind that I am currently designing.
Just a reminder to all of you, I still have the Shades of Winter quilt available on Etsy.com by LodgePoleQuilting. It comes in four sizes and should you want it in different colors you can send me an email with your choice of colors. I will also be adding the reversible 60 inch quilted table cloth to the listing.
Also, be sure to check with your favorite fabrics stores and sites. A lot of them are having some great sales celebrating Spring and their new fabric collections. I am drooling over the fabric at FabricDepot.com. Annie’s Craft Store has some awesome sales happening as well. Don’t forget the Fat Quarter Shop, either.
Good afternoon! I am glad you took the time out of your busy lives to visit with me. After Monday Madness I have been playing catch up with my WIPs. I did post an article on Quilting Tips and Tools about glossary terms for fabric cuts. That was fun and I hope you will find it helpful.
As you can see from the picture above, I did finally complete my Vintage Valentine Table Runner from the Vintage Valentine Collection by Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club. It was fun making it and I got to play with free motion quilting. I am still learning about free motion quilting so even though some of that quilting isn’t great…. at least I got it done.
I do want to apologize as this article is going to be picture heavy. I will try to keep them small but I want to share my experience of making this runner with you. So here we go!
As you can see, I cut and labeled all of my pieces. Laying them out on the ironing board helped me as I started to build my blocks. I do have to say, pay attention to the directions! I had joined the wrong piece to another piece and couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. Sigh, I had to take it apart and do it the correct way. So take your time and follow all of the directions.
For the backing, I took the left over fabric and pieced them together to make a back for my table runner. Then for the batting I pieced together some left over batting. I used a fusible tape called Heat Press Batting Together Tape, after I cleaned up the edges, and fused together the pieces of batting. That was pretty cool. That tape works perfect, especially for a small project like that.
This runner is going to be turned inside out eventually so the quilt sandwich is a bit different. Instead of backing, batting then top; it’s batting, backing right side up, then top right side down. After that I pinned it and then trimmed it. After it got trimmed, it was stitched leaving a four inch opening for turning. I then trimmed the batting as close to the stitching I could so when I turned and pressed the runner I wouldn’t have a lot of bulkiness in the seams.
After I got it turned inside out and pressed, I hand sewed the gap shut with a slip stitch and then the fun began.
I am still learning how to free motion quilt. For those of you who don’t know, free motion quilting is a technique where quilting stitches are added by sewing in any direction on the top of the quilt . To make it work you have to have a quilting foot and your feed dog has to be disengaged. Here is a great link on Craftsy.com that explains it really well.
Well the end result is as you see…
I do hope you can see some of the detail of the free motion quilting I did. Some of it, meh, but there is some I really liked how it came out. As with anything else, it just takes practice, practice, practice.
My Valentine table runner is finished and now I’m on to my next project. I am still working on my reversible table cloth. But I just joined a quilting group led by Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy. She is going to teach a free motion pattern every month. How exciting is that? So I am going to have to get busy and get a quilt top together to start this class! This is the link, in case you are interested!
Thank you again for coming by! Please, leave a comment and let me know what you are working on for Valentine’s Day.