Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Friendship Star Variation Table Runner

I don't always follow a pattern when making my quilts. Usually I start with a few coordinating fabrics, in this case a beautiful rose print on a black background, a rose and a gold that coordinate with the rose print.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666764368/deep-rose-square-table-topper-cotton
Deep rose table runner
First I make a few basic quilting units - some four patches and some half square triangles. Then I play with them on my design wall.

Long and Skinny?
My design wall is just a length of white flannel yardage that I pieced together and tacked to the wall near the ceiling. I love being able to put my fabric pieces on and being able to rearrange them until I'm happy with the layout.
Or square?
First I tried out a layout for a long skinny runner, then I tried a square layout. Although I liked them both, the square layout won and I finished the piecing.
Machine embroidered quilting
I decided that this would be a great project to try out quilting with my embroidery machine. There were a few bumps in this process, but in the end, it all turned out ok and I hope to do more quilting this way in the future.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666764368/deep-rose-square-table-topper-cotton
Matching set: Table runner and Tea cozy
 The finished runner with the matching tea cozy. A lovely set for any table!

--Ann

Monday, 4 February 2019

Tea Cozies

These tea cozies go pretty quickly, but I though I'd share the few I recently made.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/665454004/bee-tea-cozy-gathered-tea-cosy
Bee lovers tea cozy

I use batting left over from quilting projects and for these tea cozies, fabric from my stash collection. 
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666759238/blueberry-tea-cozy-gathered-tea-cosy
Blueberry tea cozy
The hardest part of these cozies is gathering the bottom of tea cozy onto the base. The first few times I've made these, I used my sewing machine to make the gathering stitches, but I found it was easier to gather when I used a 12 weight thread and did a running stitch by hand.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666761110/deep-pink-tea-cozy-gathered-tea-cosy
Rose tea cozy
I keep all kinds of ribbons and such from gifts and fabric bundles and try to use them for things like these cozies. I thought this black ribbon would look good on this tea cozy but I think I'll be changing it out to an ivory to match the lining.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666764368/deep-rose-square-table-topper-cotton
Rose tea cozy and matching table topper
And what's a better than a tea cozy for your tea pot? A table topper to match! I'll post how I put this one together in my next post.
Card themed tea cozy
Before Christmas I made a couple with card fabric for a local bridge club - always love doing something custom for people! There may be a few more of these in the next little bit as I've been having a good time making them!

--Ann