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!
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
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