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.

Anyway.

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.

At Dragons Gate

I finished the koi wall hanging!

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

"At Dragons Gate"

I’m so happy with it, I’m silly.

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Tail detail: some of the beads swirl out onto the black area.

He’s so pretty.  I love the way the beads turned out, though it is a little hard to see them in the pics.

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Head detail: his eye is a sodalite coin bead.

His whiskers are hand embroidered.

I’m really happy with how detailed the appliqued curves turned out. Sometimes you can lose depth when appliqueing a deep concave curve. Also, the tight convex curves didn’t turn out all pointy – another common problem with appliqueing.  I really like this machine applique method even though it does use twice as much fabric as the traditional hand applique method. Though, I don’t have to buy the heat resistant plastic template material with this method.

All in all, I’m thrilled!

I’ll explain the legend of the koi in another post. I’ll post a pic of the back plate then, too; I was so excited about finishing, I completely forgot to take a picture of that.