Our challenge for this month was to make a maple leaf small quilt/table runner/or whatever! I really don't have enough things to display small quilts on, and I always like to have a table cloth or runner on my kitchen table to "pretty" it up, so table runner it was.
This summer we had a couple of signature block swaps, totaling 100 blocks plus. I was in both swaps, so my summer was pretty much spending a lot of time at my sewing machine to make the deadlines. I was buying fabric for a couple of the past swaps, but never got to the cutting out part. So, they are definitely on my UFO projects to get done before the end of the year. Our on line group has decided to do a Secret Santa Swap, not to be left out of all the fun, I signed up for this also. So, trying to get a couple of my UFO's done, SS swap, and lets throw in some secret sewing projects for family and friends...........I'm hoping for cold days to keep me inside wanting to sew?
But, back to my October small quilt challenge. I am proud to say, I didn't have to buy any fabric for this project and found parts and pieces from my stash. I don't have that large of a stash, but enough probably to keep me sewing quilts for a couple of years.:) ..
Before I show you my completed October challenge...... let me explain that my least favorite sewing task is doing the binding on my quilts. I don't know why......it is just not that enjoyable for me. Even though it doesn't take that long, it may be just the process of getting it on the quilt!
Now, I am embarrassed to admit this part, since I have been sewing long enough to know all the little quick time saving tricks. Wrong!!!! For some reason, I would attach my strips one strip at a time, cut it from my machine, attach another strip, cut it from my machine......and so forth. Well, dah, another light bulb moment..........I just "string piece" my strips all at once now. DAH, again. I am sure most of you probably already do this, but, there may be a few like me out there that just need a light bulb moment every once in awhile.
Strips joined, marked and string pieced!
Now, just cut apart and trim to 1/4 inch where sewn.
Showing perfect joined binding to quilt top!
Drum Roll...................October's SQG.Challenge......."Dancing Maple Leaves on The Patio"
Not my best pictures.........odd angle to get a good picture.
Well, I am a happy camper right now. Finally got a monthly challenge done, and one that I like a lot.
Now.....on to getting those UFO's done, one at a time!!