Snow Stag: New Plan Redux

Alternate Title: AAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUGH!!!!!!!!!!! … in which I change my game plan yet again.


The Snow Stag Table Runner Plan 2 is dust. Three cheers for Plan 3!

Yesterday I tried sewing a satin stitch around some random fused shapes on scrap fabric. The results were not inspiring.

Test scraps. Oy.


The pants shaped one took almost an hour to complete. One. Hour. Let’s digest that as we look at the size of the pants shaped scrap in relation to the real project, shall we?

Size comparison. Ha!

…at this point I curled up in fetal position and whimpered pitifully…

Cue Psycho shower scene music.

Clearly, I’m not using this method for the sample or the table runner. I have work to do before Christmas: I have to make some pin cushions for my favorite client. I have to design some fabric for a Spoonflower competition. I have to make Christmas presents for my parents. I want to make new stockings and possibly a tree skirt. I have to cook a birthday dinner, a Thanksgiving feast, a Christmas Eve supper, and a Christmas morning brunch. I want to bake cookies for family. I want to add to my stuffed bird collection. I want to clean the house at least twice before the holidays. I want to clear the garage. I have to continue designing fabric and wallpaper for my Spoonflower shop. I have to continue designing items for my CafePress shop. I want to do a thousand little things for the holidays that I haven’t fully explored. I know that I haven’t been blogging much lately, but I want that to change!

And during all of this, I want to remain sane.

I don’t think I can remain sane and spend thirty hours sewing these stags plus do all of the above. So. New plan!

I’m going to paint the white stags on the sample and the table runner using the same method I used when I painted the skull on my saucy apron.

Also: I can’t decide between Snow Stag and Winter Stag. Same project, changing names.

Stag Runner: The New Plan

I’ve finished piecing the stag runner. I love the colors and I’m really excited about how it looks. Here’s a super close-up of one end.

A Close-up of the Winter Stag Table Runner

Winter Stag Table Runner End Detail.

Shyeah. That green fabric is my most favorite fabric in the universe. Ever. Seriously. It’s carrot cupcakes, Taco Bell, golden petunias, HP calculators, Juki sewing machines, and Kingman Turquoise all rounded up, mixed, and smashed flat into one splendid green-monotoned, cabbage-rosed fabric.

It’s “Through the Seasons with Eleanor Burns” for Benartex, Style 1164. I’ve bought this print in three different colorways. By far, the green monotone is my favorite. I can’t find any more of it. After I finish the stag table runner, I’ll have about a fat quarter left of it. It’s driving me crazy, because it’s such a wonderful print and I can’t find it anywhere.


The Winter Stag Table Runner test by Janet Millsapps @ fig+fence.

Here’s what the end of the table runner will look like after I applique the stag on it. That’s a paper template on top of it.

I’ve already attempted to applique it once. The results were not inspiring. I used the same method I used for my koi wall hanging to turn the fabric and it didn’t work at all. So. I’m going to have to use sewable fusable interfacing and a satin stitch around the outside to finish it. It’s not my preferred choice, and I wouldn’t use it at all on a quilt. But I figure that the feel of the table runner isn’t as important as the detail and accuracy of the stag outlines; it’s OK that it’ll be a little stiff on the ends.

I rarely use this method, so I thought it was best to practice appliqueing the stag.

The Winter Stag Practice Block

Here’s where I’m at with the practice stag. I haven’t sewn around the outside yet.

If this turns out well, it may find itself onto a wall hanging. I love the background fabric.

I’m very glad I decided to practice this method with the same fabrics I’m using in the table runner. I found out that the white fabric I planned on using for the stag is too lightweight: I can see the background fabric through it plainly. So, I have to find some thicker white fabric for the stags. Still, the test piece will be good practice, so I’m going ahead with it.

Work In Progress: Stag Runner

Auditioning green fabric for the Stag Table Runner.

Auditioning green fabric for the Stag Table Runner.

Placing red 2.5 inch squares for the Stag Table Runner.

Placing red 2.5 inch squares.

Hydration is important!

Hydration is important! Woman cannot live by coffee alone. (Though, she will admit to trying to live by coffee alone.)

After sewing the little red squares for the Stag Table Runner.

The little red squares are all sewn together for the center of the table runner.

Stag Table Runner Design

This is what the table runner will look like when it is complete.

It will be about 62 inches long and 15 inches wide. (The dining room table is 78 inches long.)

The white stags were originally supposed to be black, but after placing the white paper stencil of the stag on the red squares, I realized that the black was just too dark. The white stags shout Winter to me and really make the dark reds and green seem more alive. They’ll be appliqued in white or off-white fabric.

I haven’t yet picked the fabric for the stags. I’m thinking plain solid muslin, but I also have my eye on some floral fabric in white and pale green. I’m still debating the print idea. We’ll see.

The back… well, I’ve been tossing some ideas around for piecing the back in Autumnal colors. That way, the same runner could be on the table for half of the year. Storage space is small and precious in this house; I just don’t have space for a million different runners. So being able to use one runner for two seasons seems like a good plan. I’d just turn it over to the other side when Winter arrives. Again, we’ll see.