This pretty tablerunner kit is Corner of the Woods by Lynette Anderson Designs and was purchased in July 2020 from Lynette's online shop Little Quilt Store in Australia. The kit included all the fabrics and pre-cut fabric hexagons, pre-printed stitchery design and fusible interfacing. Accuracy is so important with smaller blocks so I've used my trusty tools of the trade for precision piecing - a straight stitch needle place, a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle and 50wt Aurifil thread in a mid-grey shade. This has been pressed to death on my wool pressing mat (note the word pressed, not ironed) and it really is beautifully flat...
...the next step was the hand embroidery and hand applique. I used a selection of DMC embroidery threads that matched the colours of the fabrics along with a Hiroshima Tulip embroidery needle - this is my favourite brand, as they are sharp, easy to thread, and stitch like a dream. The hand applique was completed using the Apliquick method, along with a very fine Clover Black Gold applique needle and Aurifil 80wt thread, again in a mid-grey shade. I have quite a collection of needles and threads, and I find it really does make all the difference to the finshed look. Those blasted hexies were saved until last as they're my least favourite part of a project! I've used Hugs n' Kisses pre-cut hexie papers which are fusible and really easy to use. Once they're fused onto the wrong side of the fabric, the fabric edges are folded over and held in place with a thin strip of fabric glue. As the papers are fusible they are left in place, giving a bit of structure to the project while it's being handled. Also, as the papers are semi water soluble they will start to dissolve if they're washed when the project is finished. I've been using these for a few years and they certainluy do make my life so much easier - and I don't put quite so many IOU's in my swear jar when the hexies are being constructed! Fortunately these are 1" hexies, so they're not too fiddly...
...once the hexie panels were completed, the patchwork and stitchery blocks were pieced together with the borders and the hexie panels were hand appliqued into place. The tablerunner was completed using the "birthing" method. The edges of the small gap left open for turning it through were pressed in and then I top stitched around the outside edge 1/8" enclosing the opening as I stitched. This has been machine quilted very simply, a 1/4" around the outside of the pieced and hexie panels...
...and here is my completed Corner of the Woods table runner on my coffee table. I've warned Mr F he's not allowed to spill anything on it and I've even given him "one of looks" just to make sure!
My friendly postman delivered a parcel a couple of days ago. 10 metres of H630 fusible wadding from Cross Patch - I have no idea how Julia managed to pack it so neatly, as when I opened the parcel it practically popped out like a Jack-in-the-box! H630 is my favourite wadding for table runners, place mats, small bags and wall hangings. It adds structure without being too thick, along with being great for both hand and machine quilting. As it's fusible, it saves lots of time as I tend to fuse it to the backing fabric of my project, then spray baste to top to the other side - it doesn't wrinkle and keeps the project nice and flat while it's being quilted. Now my wadding box is full again, I can finish the Corner of the Woods tablerunner!
I have some very exciting news to share! I've been chosen to be part of the Poppy Patch Posse, which will involve sharing lots of pictures of new projects, writing a few tutorials and reviewing some products from the Poppy Patch website. This is such a wonderful opportunity for me, and a huge compliment to my work. I really am looking forward to sharing lots of hints and tips and meetiong new "friends" alkong the way. There is more information about the other members of the Posse over on the Poppy Patch blog if you want to hop over there and have a look.
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