Saturday, October 17, 2020

Logs & Stars Fall Table Runner

Logs & Stars Table Runner

Oh, I have a story to tell about coming in under a deadline, and bleeding fabric! It's worth repeating. 

Wash all your fabric! If you don't prewash, then test your fabrics for bleeding and shrinking before you start! 

I had all the blocks made for this project last Sunday night, gave them a good press with steam, and watched my pressing cloth turn orange. 

Not one fabric, but TWO gave off extra dye!

Both the rust-orange star point and dark squares in the chain were bleeding. Even after washing the blocks with Dawn Blue Dishwashing Liquid until the water was clear, they bled as they dried. They were pretty (finished) blocks, and I was soooo disappointed to start over.

I used a similar color plan here with dependable fabric from my stash that had all been washed. I will sadly admit this is not the first time I have had this hard lesson, but lesson learned.

Progress On the Julie Stocker Quilts Weekend Workshops

The fall workshops have been centered around honing skills, and log cabins are excellent blocks to do just that. We've used multiple techniques to make blocks: the standard method, and my personal technique using a modified foundation method. We have an easy formula for making blocks of any size we want, too. This week we are tackling the Garden Patch stars above using the Two Peaks In One ruler by Creative Grids. My table runner project combines it all, and is a free pattern for all participants. I put my mind to the project early Monday morning, and in between other projects, it was ready to quilt Tuesday afternoon.

Participants get special quilting deals on projects from the workshops, and other items bought there, too.

What a dramatic difference in this block when turned on point! Check out the setting blocks below. Those are variations on log cabin blocks, and add so much more visual interest than a single fabric.

Winter Workshops Planned

The fall workshops will wrap up this week, but there will be a few Open Studio Sew Ins coming over the next month. Watch here or follow me on Facebook for announcements. Sign up is necessary as there is limited space. In December I will announce more workshops for January-March, but keeping the spread of Covid in mind as to when we can do it most safely.

I hope to see you at one of the workshops soon!

Until then...
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.

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Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting said...

Your table runner is stunning! I love the way the four patches create chains across it, and the tiny little triangles of brown poking out of the setting blocks.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I have never pre washed fabrics. I have held my breath a few times, particularly with an autumnal falling leaves quilt currently on my bed. So far ..... I have always been lucky. I think the thought of ironing all that fabric, getting the creases out, getting the warp and weft straight, stresses me out. I need to cut and go and hold my breath later.

chrisknits said...

I always used to prewash, now I rarely do, it's bitten me once very badly, but so far, knock on wood! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF last week, yes I am finally getting around to commenting! Love the pattern on your runner, it's a stunning block.