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Quilt as You Go or Free Motion Quilt Table Runner

This week I’m linking up with Alyce over at Blossom Heart quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday. I had a few finishes , but thought this free motion quilted table runner in asian fabric was appropriate in light of Alyce moving home to Australia after her time in Japan. This table runner pattern is an oldie but goody. It is the Braid Runner “quilt as you go” pattern by GE Designs . If you are not familiar with Ge Designs check them out- they have a lot of quilt as you go projects as well as other quilt patterns. This table runner makes a great gift and is a good stash buster. I still have a pile of beautiful Holiday Flourish fabric by Robert Kaufman which may find it’s way onto family’s tables as a quick and easy project using this pattern. You can free motion quilt the runners if you desire or you quilt as you go and call it a day- your choice ( or more to the point..which family members are going to eat spaghetti off of it??!! lol)

a picture of a table runner using the pattern Braid runner with free motion quilting done on top and borders

I have always loved this fabric and was it hanging out in my stash for years. It is Flight of the Dancing Cranes designed by Ro Gregg for Northcott fabrics. One of the great things about the quilt as you go method for this runner is when the construction of the runner is finished , I don’t have to stitch in the ditch- I was good to start FMQ (SID is imho, the boring,but necessary part). I decided to do curved cross hatching in the center block and then do ginkgo leaves, swirls and berries that was inspired from Bethanne Nemesh’s class If You Can Feather You Can Freehand.

my doodle of my version of ginkgo leave, swirls and berries for my free motion built design
Doodle of my version of ginkgo leave, swirls and berries

As usual I doodled my quilting pattern until I was fairly comfortable with where I was going,  getting  in a rhythm with the flow of the pattern.

a picture if my drawing of the free motion quilting design for the outer border is swirls with "molar" feathers- I thought they blended with the ginkgo leaves...not that you can see them with the busy fabric!
the outer border is swirls with molar feathers- I thought they blended with the ginkgo leaves…not that you can see them with the busy fabric!

I quilted this piece with Superiors Bottom Line 60 wt thread in the top and bobbin.

a picture of my table runner photoed at and angle to make the texture more visible
sometimes photographing at an angle makes the texture more visible. At this distance some of the fabrics read as a solid, but are actually busy enough to make if very difficult to see the quilting

I have noticed a change in the way I look at and buy fabric since I have started this free motion quilting journey. I used to walk into a fabric store and it was all about the fabric. Pretty patterns, pretty colors, pretty, pretty fabric! I have realized that I like a focus fabric, but I also like fabrics that read as a solid to show the texture and movement of my quilting and give my eyes a place to rest.

There is a couple ways to look at this project with this fabric. One  is that the lovely fabric provided a great opportunity to play and practice your free motion quilting skills without every little hiccup being obvious (which is a really nice way to practice while using up some of your stash :)). The second is , if you really wanted to showcase your quilting, busy fabric is not the way to go. This runner could be done in solids and my quilting would have been more noticeable …..but then this pretty fabric would have still been hanging out in my stash waiting for its day to come…

Now onto Sew Cute Tuesday….What do you guys have to share??
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Sew Happy,

Review of The Quilter’s Groove Rulers

This week I wanted to take a little time to play around with The Quilter’s Groove Rulers that are from Lisa Calle. My review of the Quilter’s Groove Ruler is from a sit-down quilting perspective,  but some of the information applies to the stand-up longarmer as well.

The ruler fit very well on my Baby Lock Ellisimo with a generic ruler foot on. The presser foot has enough lift that I can simply slide the ruler under the foot and into the channel or groove.

The groove does not fit snugly around your foot (like the Line Tamer) , so initially you have to remind yourself to keep a little bit of pressure on the ruler, keeping it bumped up against the stitching side of the channel/groove.   The ProLine 4 is meant to give 1/4″ lines , but you easily use it to make 1/2″ lines as well- simply by moving the position of the ruler foot from the stitching side of the channel, to the side you bump up against twice (this will make more sense when you watch the video).

On my APQS George, I felt that because of the way APQS makes their ruler feet (even the new ones)  The Quilter’s Groove was best used in a left to right orientation.  On the George, there is a tiny bump on the top of the hopping foot where in connects to the shaft portion of the foot. This little bump keeps the ruler from bumping up flush against the right side of the APQS George’s ruler foot- keeping it about 1/8″ away.

a picture showing a space to right of the hopping foot of the APQS George in the review of the Quilter's Groove
Note the space to the right side of the hopping foot on my sit-down longarm (APQS George) which ultimately effects line spacing

Having played with Handi Quilter’s Sweet 16 with the Line Tamer, I feel that the Quilter’s Groove would fit all the way around the hopping foot without any obstruction or irregularities. Each of us knows our machine’s ruler feet and how rulers/templates fit around it normally( do you usually have clearance to fit a 1/4″ template to the rear of your machine, or do you have to work with rulers in a vertical position?)

Quilter’s Groove also comes in  sizes ranging from 1″ to 1/16″ for straight rulers and a good variety of curved ruler sizes as well ( rulers that are only a 1/8″ to  1/16″ really hard to find!).  The bottom line is , I think that this is another good tool that makes our life as quilters easier. For more information on this and other Quilter’s Groove rulers please visit Lisa Calle’s Website.

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Quilting,