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.

The Flower Queen

I have been working madly on my new fabric collection at Spoonflower, the Flower Queen. I’ve been working on it so much that I’ve pretty much dropped the ball on everything else. Oy. You might call it an obsession.

I haven’t been crafting. I haven’t been sewing. I haven’t kept in contact with family. I haven’t kept in contact with friends. I haven’t blogged. (You might have noticed that.) It’s completely eclipsed everything else (except for a small, somewhat serious bug I picked up somewhere last week – the less said of that, the better we’ll all feel).

Anyway, now that the main design of the collection is complete, I’m free to get back to my regular schedule. It’s time for quilting the Etchings Argyle Nine Patch Bed Scarf! Yay!

Yay? Sniff. I’ve been putting it off, honestly. The Flower Queen collection was just a somewhat convenient excuse for procrastination. This quilted bed scarf is the first serious bit of free motion quilting I’ll attempt. If I were wearing boots, I’d be shaking in them.

I hate being chicken.

 

Decisions… Decisions…

I can’t make up my mind.

I’m stalled on deciding how to quilt the Etchings Argyle Nine Patch.

The quilting design for the Etchings Argyle Nine Patch by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

My current favorite quilting design.

I’m hoping that the quilting is close enough to get the “puckered” effect after washing. I’m thinking not; I think I’m going to have to quilt something in those white squares. For scale, the white squares measure 2 inches by 2 inches.

I’m doing a test patch of the medallion quilt design a little later tonight to see how difficult it is to FMQ. With that design, I could easily quilt it with a walking foot. I think I’ll try both ways and see.