Table Scraps

Table Scraps

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Okay, that blog post title was funny, wasn't it!!?? What did you think I was going to blog about, composting? No, silly, this post is about using up those left over fabric strips to make something beautiful for your table!

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I definitely have a thing for quilted table runners--they're just fun and fast to make, plus quick for changing up the look of your table for the different seasons. 

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This is my second time making my Stacked Strips Table Runner. See the original tutorial with instructions, HERE. I stitched this one exactly the same as the first, with 2"-wide strips but the finished size of this second runner is larger and finishes out at 18" x 84". The beauty of this pattern is you can easily customize the size to fit your table. 

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The fabrics used in this runner are all Art Gallery Fabrics and include prints from all six of my fabric lines. Here's the list: Pure Elements solids, AGF linen, Gossamer, Sketchbook, Coastline, Tapestry, Bountiful, Signature, and Ink Outburst from Woodland Fusions.

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The other variation I made from my original pattern was to utilize Quilt As You Go (QAYG) when sewing the strips together. By doing this, not only was I assembling the runner top, but I was quilting the runner as I sewed the strips!

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Using QAYG for a table runner is a great way to try this method on a small project. I used my favorite Tuscany Silk Blend batting and AGF linen for the backing to give the runner a nice weight and feel. To learn how to sew the QAYG method for quilts and other projects check out my dear friend and sister AGF designer Maureen Cracknell's QAYG Craftsy class

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This was really fun to make and since I had some strips left at the end, I decided to make some matching coasters!

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My coasters finish at 4-1/2" round and I trimmed the strips to 1-1/2" wide to start with so the scale would be better proportioned. You could even start with 1" wide strips if you wanted even more fabrics in the coaster.

I used the same strip assembly method of sewing strips short ends together before trimming to the desired size and sewing together QAYG-style to a batting and backing foundation.

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After I had the strips sewn into a large enough piece to cut out 5" circles from, I placed another piece of linen, right sides together with the QAYG piece and marked out circles with the bottom of a tin that was the right size. 

I sewed a 1/4" inside the drawn line, back stitching at beginning and end, and leaving and opening for turning. 

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Cut out on the drawn line. Clip curves and turn right side out through the opening. Turn opening under 1/4" and press. Blind stitch opening closed by hand. 

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I did not do any additional quilting or stitching to my coasters once turned. This method has four layers: patchwork top, batting, and two layers of linen. 

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I think next time I try this I will make some placemats. It's really very addictive and I'm sure we all have a bunch of left over fabric scraps begging to be turned into something useful and beautiful!

What are You Sewing with Your Gossamer Fabrics?

I would love to see what you are making! Send me your photos by email, post to my Sharon Holland Designs Facebook page, or @sharonholland on Instagram so I can look at your creative ideas on how to use prints from my Art Gallery Fabrics Gossamer collection.

Here's what I have been working on...

This first table runner will be featured in Modern Patchwork sometime this spring.

Shoreline Table Runner by Sharon Holland

Table runners are a nice quick project and equally fast and changing up the look of your decor. I made a second runner which will be a offered pattern in a week or two.

Switchback Table Runner by Sharon Holland

It's not just about quilting so I am also working on some garment sewing. I LOVE the AGF voile fabric and am working on a Colette pattern Sencha blouse. Then onto dresses and blouses with AGF knits!

Gossamer LookBook

What an exciting week! Art Gallery Fabrics has released their newest LookBook for my Gossamer Fabrics. View the Gossamer virtual magazine along with the other beautiful Art Gallery Fabric collections all photographed in fun and inspiring settings. There are dozens of sewing and quilting pattern ideas which have links in every issue. 

Don't forget to enter my drawing for a chance to win a Gossamer fabrics fat quarter bundle. You have until 3 pm EST on January 15, 2015 to enter. Simply add a comment to the Giveaway Date Correction! post or the Gossamer Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway post to be part of the giveaway. I will announce the winners on Saturday January 17, 2015.

This week also marks my addition of 5 new quilting and sewing patterns for sale on my Craftsy pattern page! These patterns feature my Gossamer fabrics and range from beginner to advanced skill levels.

Are you on Instagram? Do you follow me or Art Gallery Fabrics? Well, this weekend I will be taking over the Art Gallery Fabrics instagram account on our #agfweekendtakeover ! Join me 1/17 and 1/18 as I introduce myself as AGF's newest designer and get to know a little more of what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a fabric designer. 


Gossamer Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!

Is everyone ready to get back to sewing and making beautiful things? I want to help your creative spirit with an Art Gallery Fabrics fat quarter bundle giveaway. There are 20 nummy soft quilting cotton Gossamer fabric prints in a bundle and I have two bundles to give to some lucky winners!

To enter the drawing is simple. Just post a comment on this post -- easy as that! Your name will be put into the drawing. You only need to enter once--multiple entries will not increase your chances. The giveaway will begin Monday December 8, 2015 at 12:00 am EST and end on Friday December 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm EST. I will contact the winners by email by 12/12/15 and post the winning results here as well as on my Facebook and Instagram pages. Remember, you have to comment on my blog under this Gossamer Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway post to qualify. 

1/12/15 CORRECTION: The dates above are wrong! The drawing will run January 12, 2015 at 12:00 am EST through January 16, 2015 and close at 3 pm EST. Sorry for any confusion. All comments left on this post during that time period are eligible for the drawing.