Good morning! As well as dealing with the whole Christmas thing – you know eating etc. – I’ve been busy unleashing my creative side and making good use of my den. Yesterday I completed the centre piece of my patchwork quilted table runner. It’s far from perfect but as a first attempt I’m really pleased with it.
In working on this I have learned quite a lot about cutting, piecing and following instructions…
- wear reading glasses to ensure the dimensions are read correctly – I merrily cut my first fabric in 4 1/2 inch strips only to discover it should have been 4 7/8 inches
- it’s ok to make mistakes (see above) – I simply switched which fabric I used for which bits
- seam allowance is important – without an accurate 1/4 inch (5mm) seam the pieces don’t quite fit together accurately
- purchase a special foot for your sewing machine to help with point 3
- don’t do triangles for your first project – I helpfully read this in a book after starting this project
- join the side panels to each square before joining the squares – I didn’t do this and as such (and because of point 3) my side panels didn’t meet which means I had to add some extra pieces
- it’s ok to make more mistakes (see above)!
- using tartan for a border isn’t ideal
- be flexible – if something doesn’t look right change it
- colour reproduction in photographs is much better in natural light
There are probably many more things that I’ve learned about the process but for now I’ll finish with some photos.