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Be My Valentine

Vintage Valentine Table Runner
Vintage Valentine Collection, Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club

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!

All of the pieces for the Vintage Valentine Table Runner cut and labeled.

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.

Top of table runner complete

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.

Quilt sandwich, Batting, Backing and runner top ready to be pinned, trimmed and sewn

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.

Sandwich pinned and trimmed

After I got it turned inside out and pressed, I hand sewed the gap shut with a slip stitch and then the fun began.

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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 that explains it really well.

Well the end result is as you see…

Vintage Valentine Table Runner
Vintage Valentine Collection, Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club

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.

Check out this free Valentine’s quilt pattern and tutorial on the blog!

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.

Until next time – Free Motion Away!


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Monday, Monday

Missouri Star
Missouri Star for tablecloth project

My goal today was to make some headway on my WIP. Do five blocks count? I had great intentions, honestly I did. It just wasn’t happening. The dog wanted to play, so of course I had to play with him. Email kept popping up on my phone that had to be answered. The most important thing was talking with my husband while he was driving through some bad weather. I always have to know he is safe, especially when he has stopped for the night.

I had to look at some other quilters websites to see what was going on. Check out the sales at Look for cool rulers I could quilt with on And lets not forget

Okay, so it wasn’t a great sewing day, but I did get some good ideas on fabric for another project I have rolling around in my mind. I saw some very cool rulers I would like to add to my collection. Angela Walters from Quilting Is My Therapy has designed some real neat rulers and she demonstrates them on her YouTube channel.

Hmmm, after reading what I have been doing today I guess it wasn’t as unproductive as I thought. Tomorrow is another day. I will put more time into my tablecloth. I would like to have it finished before my husband gets home. It’s going to be nice and Spring like. I love the lime green and blues together like that. Did I mention it is going to be reversible?

Here is a peek at the other side

Five Patch Block
Five Patch Block for tablecloth

This side is more of the teal with some of the lime green colors (This photo doesn’t do the blocks any justice.). When it’s all said and done it will be a bright and cheerful tablecloth to chase away any winter blues. (Where are my sunglasses?)

That’s it for now. You all have a wonderful week. And if any of you are dealing with bad weather, stay safe, stay warm and stay inside.

Thanks for coming by!