Tuesday, March 29, 2011

how the table runner came to be

This is more of a photo story so please bear with the abundance of photographs.

i have a bunch of scrap fabrics courtesy of our landlady, Aunty Li-Am,
the weather is so cool,
because of the continuous heavy downpour since the previous night ...
 ... and since hubby was at work and there's no one to cuddle with in bed,
i just decided to select a few pieces of fabric and ironed each one of them...

in no time, every piece of fabric i needed for my project were all set 
and ready to be cut and patched and sewn ;)

when doing patchwork,  i rely on my cutting mat and roller cutter a lot!
save me from making irregularly cut fabrics. i'm now a huge fan of sharp edgy blades!
well, just what my most recently read book says,
"the sharper your knife blade, the less you cry."

with all my patches done, i'm now ready to layout everything 
for my table runner project...

every piece of the table runner project is now laid out on the table
back fabric,  batting (i used fleece),  then laid the patches one at a time
starting at the center of the layout. 
each piece of these patches were sewn individually

after sewing the first patch, i then followed it with the next patch
right sides together and sew both on one side
each addition of patches was ironed to avoid creases and unwanted protrusion

after sewing all the patches together, 
i am now ready for the bias or binding for the sides
supposedly, i should have handsewn the bias but since machine stitching
is also allowed in doing so,  i didn't bother to handsew the entire bias binding

i made use of a plain printed fabric as a back fabric so
this table runner also is a reversible one, depending on my mood for the day

the finished product laid at our dining table
hmmm, not bad eh???
i transferred the table runner on our center table at the receiving area,
still, not bad eh???

using the other side of the table runner, it suits well with
the tranquility of the teapot set :)

the bias binding 

will do more of these table runners soon.  for now, i really need to finish the patchwork blanket, by hook or by crook!!!!

God is good. All the time.  Life is worth living, one stitch at a time :D

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1st Quarter of 2011

They always say that when you're having fun, you hardly take notice of the time.  I guess it also goes with when your under too much stress, you also hardly take notice of the time... no, I wasn't that too stressed, just a bit, I suppose.

Anyway,  2011 came in such a hurry that I didn't know the first quarter is almost at its end.  Hubby and I got too busy on the first month having our visitors at home, on the second month we both flew to Manila on separate flights and dates so we pretty much consumed the love month away from each other.  March came in very smoothly, at least for the two of us,  it wasn't much too well for the rest of the world :(

I've sewn pretty much a bunch of bags, kiddie crayon caddies the last three months but I intentionally didn't take photos of the few pieces that I made since they were supposedly meant to be given as pasalubongs to friends and to my nieces and nephews.  There are a few which I have sewn the last two weeks which deserve a place in this blog ;)  One is a patchwork messenger hobo bag which my landlady requested for me to sew for her.  She gave me tons of her scrap fabrics.  Without realizing that her scrap fabrics were quite old and dusty and rustic,  yes,  I got loads of allergies too!  Then my bookbuddy in the area loved the baby bag which I've sewn for a dear friend and asked me to sew for her daughter not one but two! baby bags.  She provided me with her stashed batik fabrics and sewing threads too! Up until now, I still don't know how to charge for my services.  Well, they're good friends so, it didn't matter.

this is Aunty Li-Am, my chinese
landlady who lives just across our house :)
she loves sewing and all our quilted blankets in the house were sewn by her :)
one of the baby bags i've sewn
for my bookbuddy :)

There.  For now,  I need to finish the patchwork blanket which I started last year.  It's long overdue and I wouldn't want to end 2011 with an unfinished blanket!  Will post photos of that epic blanket soon!

God is good. All the time.
Life is worth stitching.  One thread at a time.