Easy Strip-Pieced Log Cabin Table Runner Class

I read about strip piecing log cabin blocks and was amazed. I had a French General jelly roll and decided to try it. Easy! I taught a class at Hall to Wall in Warren too, and we all learned lots. I also made placemats from an Ambleside jelly roll. image image image image Yimage image image image

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French General Table Topper

After I made the shop sample for The Vintage Owl, the owner told me to pick out some fabric for a trade- I got this gorgeous Moda French General layer cake and jelly roll! I searched Pinterest and all over the Intraweb, and decided to make a giant half-square triangle star. I did free motion wavy-line quilting and bound it using a faux piping trick I learned from Ricky Tims. I’ve taught a class on it too– it works up super quickly and easily! PS you can also make a small table topper using charm squares, or cut your own size!

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I used layer cake squares and a jelly roll strip on the back just to make it more interesting.

And here’s a small one I made from charm squares. The blue floral print was from the Grandmother stash from the 80s! Looks like it was made specially for this fabric. image image

Here are projects from my classes. I always love seeing how different each one turns out!

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Moda Winterlude Table Runners

When I was quilting the first time around there was no internet, no Craftsy, no YouTube, no Pinterest… Only Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. (And paper templates and scissors!) I don’t even know if there were fabric designers who made fabric specially for quilting. But times have changed and now they tempt you for months before a fabric line is released, like the next season of Downton Abbey or something, putting out teasers on Pinterest and on quilting blogs.

I began coveting Moda Winterlude before it was released. Then the Missouri Star Quilt Company featured a charm pack as the Daily Deal, so I ordered 2! A pattern was released with it, but I decided it was too labor intensive, so I went with my old pal half square triangles. I divided the squares into reds, greens, and creams and experimented with different arrangements, finally deciding on the concentric diamonds. I got yardage for the borders and back at Gone Quiltin‘ in Bandera, Texas in August 2014 while doing the Row by Row run. I love the way it turned out!

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I had had the blue pieces left so I decided to make a simple square with those. This was my first real project that I quilted free motion. I used a holly leaf motif. There were several “eyelashes” where I went too fast around the curves– the machine beeped at me a lot! (Now, several moNyah’s later, controlling the speed is much easier.)

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