Monday, 23 May 2011

Martinique Table Runner

It was so nice to spend some time yesterday finishing - yes that's right, the F word - something that's been languishing in the work in progress pile for too long.  This is my second(only my second!) Sew It's Finished WIP finish for the year.  I really have to work on that list. lol

Skinny Verna Runner in 'Martinique by 3 Sisters'

I recently ordered a walking foot for my machine and - WOW - what a difference it made. I didn't know what I was missing before, it was so lovely to use. Can someone tell me if there is such a thing as a 1/4" walking foot, or do you just change the needle position to line it up to 1/4" when you need to? The first version I made of this runner I quilted in 1/4" lines, but this one is more like 1/2" and I also didn't quilt the white edges this time round.  I'm putting this away as a gift for my aunt who is celebrating a big birthday this year.   This was my first attempt at machining the whole binding and it worked out well.   Hand sewing the back of the binding at the end is one of my least favourite jobs.

Nice to see you here today.........thanks for visiting.........Nicky


29 comments:

Michelle said...

Hi Nicky
The runner looks great, you've done a lovely job, I'm sure your Aunty is going to love it!
I use masking tape for marking straight lines, you can get it in different widths and it is re-usable a couple of times. Just what works for me:O)

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on the finish!! Your aunt is going to LOVE it!

Marg said...

The table runner looks so pretty, a great present for your aunt.

suzitee said...

Love love love it! Your walking foot work is stunning...such a fresh, modern feel to it!

BubzRugz said...

It's just lovely... those fabrics are very lovely together - I haven't heard of a foot with marks on it.... I love mine too....
Hugz

Aunty Bee said...

I also use tape to mark my stitching line, I use the white papery tape that you get from the chemist. Your stitching looks immaculate, well done .

Annie said...

That is just beautiful! And so perfectly sewn. Was there any problem machine sewing the binding? Did the back side egge get picked up easily?

shez said...

nicky this runner is gorgous what a wonderful job you did,well done

Cardygirl said...

Looks fabulous...love the quilting...I usually follow lines or masking tape. Great pressie!

cristina said...

It looks so cute,the fabrics are beautiful.
kisses from Spain

Nicky said...

Ooh, I love the texture the quilting makes on the runner. I'll definitely have to try that one. I think my walking foot is a 1/4 inch, I have a brother machine. Also a free motion foot is a must have too.
Nicky

Tatkis said...

Oh, it's a really beautiful table runner!
Congratulations with the finish (it's so nice to have something finished ;) )

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

The F word, thx for the giggle:) Beautiful finish. Have a pleasant week.

Christine said...

It's absolutely gorgeous, Nicky!

Marls said...

Love it Nicky. Your straight line quilting looks great. I like how you have left the white unquilted. What a fantastic present.
Don't know about a 1/4 inch walking foot.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Hi Nicky, wow what a pretty FFFFFFFinish, well done you. Now as far as your 1/4" goes, get one of your quilting rulers and put it under your walking foot with the edge being where the needle is (in the centre). You should be able to line up a 1/4" with some sort of mark or line on your walking foot - you know, something that will give you a point of registration. Good luck.
hugs, Miche'le

rosie said...

I was also laughing at the 'F'word Nicky!! You have done a wonderful job...Keep going girl!!

Lynda said...

Fantastic runner Nicky. My walking foot (Bernina) has a mark at 1/4".

Kaye R said...

It depends on your sewing machine brand, I have a Janome, a Brother and a Bernina and only my Bernina has the 1/4" mark. On my other 2 machines I used to stitch a row on paper and measure and position my needle til it was set at a 1/4". I then printed a label and stuck it ( hidden but where I could see it ) to my machine. It had the info to instantly set 1/4" on that machine.
Love your quilting. It completely changes the look.

Farmyard Crafts said...

That looks great! Shame on you for saying the "F" word though!! You're letting our procrastination team down! ;)

Donna said...

Your table runner looks great and what a sweet gift.
Hugs
donna

Lyn said...

I'm sure your aunt will be thrilled with the table runner- I like the quilting in rows and the lovely fabrics you have used. Looks great!

Leeanne said...

Yes...I like that , very simple, but full of style!

wendy said...

Wow, this is beautiful! I love the ways you've graduated the colours, I'm now craving some of this fabric!!

I've never measured my walking foot! Must try that... it's the best though, love it.

My machine and the foot came with a seam guide for this very purpose. It's a thin pole which slots into the back of the foot, then it has a curved side piece which you line up with the previous line of stitching and follow - I wonder if you could pull it forward in front of your foot? If you don't know what I mean, I'll send you a picture.

Raewyn said...

Lovely table runner Nicky - very style-y. I'm interested in the binding.. did you sew on at the back first and then top stitch the binding down from the top??

KaLu - Claudia said...

its very pretty! =D

Suzanne said...

I really love this table runner, I'm sure that your Aunt will love it.

Carol said...

Your work is so perfect, Nicky--I love this :)

dls said...

The table runner is stunning.... the colors are so beautiful and I love the long linear quilting lines!

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