Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Little Sewing

I'm doing better... but still a long way from "completely recovered."  So... to distract myself, I did a little sewing the day before Thanksgiving....  a table runner for my daughter, modeled here by my darling granddaughters, still in their jammies.

I even did FMQ-ing for the very first time!  It's supposed to looking like the outlined path of snowflakes falling...  what do you think?

The fabrics came from my FQ stash and I used a pale gray thread to quilt.  I wasn't up to making a trip to the LQS for silver thread, which was my first idea.

I followed a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial...

...and used the cardboard template I had made earlier this fall.  This is a quick and easy project... even if you make it as long as I did.

It felt good to be sewing again...  but I'm still going to have to pace myself.

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Addendum:  Several have asked about how I made the cardboard wedge template, including Judy who, unfortunately, is a no-reply blogger (meaning I do not have a way to reply to her via email).  

The "how to" is in the post "Cheap?" and the exact measurements of my triangle are:

Base of isosceles triangle:  8 inches
Sides of isosceles triangle:  11.5 inches
Base angles of isosceles triangle:  70 degrees
Top angle of isosceles triangle: 40 degrees  (70 + 70 + 40 = 180, the total amount of degrees in all three angles of any triangle... a little math fact fer ya!)

Hope this helps!



  1. The table runner turned out beautifully and your FMQing is wonderful. Great job! I must be strong.... need to finish some things before I start more, but I'm being tempted to try one of these.....

    Glad you are feeling better. :o)

  2. I'll bet it was "therapeutic" to sit at your sewing machine! So good to hear you're up and about.
    The table runner is lovely, and it will be enjoyed all season. Best wishes!

  3. It's a lovely table runner and I am so impressed with your very first FMQ!

  4. You are some better because you got a finish! Gray thread is the perfect choice and your free motion looks great! Yay for you. So glad you had fun and I think you have the cutest models too!

  5. This runner is a fabulous idea!! Now I have to ask---how did you draw up your cardboard wedge for making this? I don't have the wedge ruler but it does look like a wonderful tool. I would like to make one of these for a friend who has a thing for trees. Love your quilting on yours. I do see the falling snowflakes. :)

  6. This runner is great! I love that it looks right from both sides! And your quilting is perfect on it! Thanks for the video.....I have time to make this now! Yay!

  7. Glad you are feeling better. Just be sure not to overdo.
    I also would like to know how you made the wedge ruler. I would love to make a table runner for my son and daughter-in-law for Christmas. I spend every Christmas with them, and would love to show them how appreciative I am.

  8. It's a gorgeous tablerunner Freda and I'm glad you're feeling so good that you can sew a little time, but take your time for healing.
    Greetings and a carefull hug,

  9. Love your runner... I think you made better color choises than in the video! Good going!
    Thanks for the ides, video, and the math refresher!
    Glad to hear you are feeling better!!!!!!!!!!! A little sewing is good therapy.

  10. I'm so glad you're feeling a wee bit better, Freda. :o)

    Your table runner looks fabulous as does your FMQ. I've only tried that a time or two and it wasn't pretty! I decided I'm more of a straight-line quilter - aka too lazy to try FMQ again any time soon! :oD

  11. Glad to hear you are up and about and playing with fabric! Table runner looks great and your grandkids look very cute in their pjs.

  12. I. Glad you are feeling well enough to do a little sewing! Yay!

  13. I echo that I like your fabric choices better than the ones in the video. Very cute runner held up by some charming little models!
    Your first attempt at FMQ puts me to shame. I couldn't make loops that round when I tried the first time. You must be a natural and should definitely pursue it. : )
    Take care, my friend!

  14. Only you could make such a beautiful runner when you're recuperating. And with great FMQ, too!

    The girls are so cute.

  15. Aw, so good to hear you got to sew! I love the snowflake path you created with FMQing! It's just lovely. And so are your girls...I can see how they've grown!

  16. Good to see you are up and at it..take it easy Freda:) Your granddaughters are sweet. Really cute table runner...looks like fun!

  17. Beautiful table runner. So perfect for Christmas. Love the quilting too.