I am so pleased to present the Sun Star Table runner. This table runner began in a workshop I took with Paula Nadelstern, called Sun Star. It sat for 2 1/2 years – not the oldest UFO – but it was time to remedy that situation.
In order to make this block, I had to rely on my sketchy notes and on the book from the class. I did ok, but the there were some hiccups on the way. First, that gold/black piece was traced wrong. I had just enough fabric to retrace it (the pen you use is on the front and silver so the first iteration was unusable). Second, as I began to sew I realized my new pattern was not the same size as my old pattern. I remedied that by retracing and trimming 32 pieces. It sewed together pretty well – note to self – don’t let a workshop project sit so long!
Finally, it was done, but it was night time; more to do on Sunday. I began finishing the blocks. First, I added a strip around each to give me enough to size them exactly the same. Then, I fussy cut triangles of the original fabric to make some of the setting triangles. Because of the amount of fabric I had, they too got a black strip to make them work.
It was a beautiful day on the island, so my work was interrupted by a walk. The top was together and I found a suitable back for the piece. I loaded it on the frame and prepped it for Monday’s quilting and binding adventure.
In the meantime, I worked up what I thought might be a quilting pattern for it and auditioned it in Prostitcher Designer. That is one of the great joys of having the computerized system. I was able to place a second set of curls and flip them, so it was not all in the same direction. You may be able to see it when you zoom in on the picture. Furthermore, I was able to manipulate it so that the piece was centered on the design. I like that it didn’t take away from the stars, but added some motifs that were similar to the original fabric, Kismet by Paula Nadelstern (Benartex). I also used Electric Quilt 8* to audition binding fabrics. Works like a charm!
Fun fact: on the same page as her fabric is a guide to NYC garment district…when we can travel again.
I loved the way it quilted out. For the binding, I have perfected the Steam-a-Sea 2 method and love the accuracy of knowing I will 99% of the time be able to sew from the front and get all the binding sewn down! I now press Steam-A–Seam-2* tape to the quilt first, then press to the binding…I am much happier this way. I also figured out that pins and fingernails can help get the paper off much easier.
This project was both on my PhD in 2020 list as well as the month’s OMG (one monthly goal). I made it in nick of time for OMG! December will be busy on the blog – a number of the projects that were not ufos are done and 2 more ufos and I will have a PhD in 2020. But, just to keep things interesting, I am also participating in two blog hops which are in the first few days of December.
Bumbleberry Stitches Cathie’s Craftworks
Creatin’ in the Sticks Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest Food for Thought
Home Sewn By Us Just Sew Quilter
Life in the Scrapatch Ms P Designs USA
Partners in Design 2020 Holiday Gifts to You
Wednesday, December 2 Becca from Pretty Piney
Thursday, December 3 Bobbi from Snowy Days Quilting
Friday, December 4 Laura from Slice of PI Quilts
Saturday, December 5 Abbie from Sparkily Blog
Sunday, December 6 Kathleen from Kathleen McMusing
Monday, December 7 Jennifer Inquiring Quilter
Tuesday, December 8 April JANDA Bend Quilts.
Sun Star Table Runner
16″ x 33″
Sun Star pattern by Paula Nadelstern
Featured fabric: Kismet by Paula Nadelstern
Quilting threads: Glide Medium Grey
Design: Curls Too (Handi Quilter Designs) altered in ProStitcher Designer
Coming Up on the Blog:
2020 Monthly Color Block – 12/1
Virtual Cookies Exchange & Christmas Blog Hop – 12/4
PID Holiday Gifts To You – 12/6
TGIFF – December 18
#TTot22 – 12/22
Wrap up 2020!