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September 24th, 2012 at 11:08 am

And yet another project this month…Spiral Table Runner

Spicy Spiral Table Runner Pattern done with blue, tan and burgundy. Finished size is approximately 22×44

Okay, I took out the ‘Spicy” in the name because I used muted tones of fabrics on this, but I did it!!!!!

I had been having a lot of trouble visualizing any material with this pattern, but on Sunday I was so in the mood to sew something I just started searching around my craft room and I cam across this material I had purchased about 2 years ago that was on clearance and it went with a kit that I had purchased and never made.  So I pulled it out and it all started coming together. Most of the material (blues & tans) is from Connecting Threads line called Indigo which they don’t have any longer. The reds are from another random collection that I just recently got from Connecting Threads. But they worked well together.

I did make a couple of notes on my pattern, if you are going to make this pattern and you are using full width of material cuts (like I did) press all seams in the same direction, then when you are sewing together the strips you won’t have some going in different directions. You don’t meet up any seams (if you did, start over) but it is very difficult to sew seams that are pointed towards the presser foot, on the bottom and make sure they don’t flip over.

I used my tape gun and put two strips of tape down the ruler (I only went as far as I was going to use it) and that helped greatly to stabilize the material when I was cutting the wedges, especially the small ones.

One other thing that I did was take my 10 degree ruler and I took my tape gun and ran two strips of tape along the edge (see close up of ruler here). This made cutting the wedges so much easier and the tape can be removed quite easily when you are done. When you are cutting small pieces of the wedges the fabric has a habit of moving on me causing my cuts not to be straight. Some of my rulers of the little feet on them (like glue dots), but what I see happening with them is that if your fabric doesn’t reach between dots it can and will move during cutting.

So, another project checked off!  What to start next?

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