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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Campaign Table Runner is Finished

With the continuous coverage of Obama and Biden this weekend, I must have had some unconscious inspiration to finish my campaign table runner. I had no plans to do so, but I ended up spending quite a few hours working on it today.

It's done, but I am not terribly proud of my work. I am still finding it tough to machine quilt even these small items. Perhaps if the local sewing center would ever get my quilting attachments in, it would be easier. It's been over two weeks and, as I expected, I have not heard from the man. Nonetheless, I did it all by machine, even the binding.

Here is the finished product.
It looks a lot better since I added my campaign buttons. We started collecting these as a family about 20 years ago. We would go to flea markets during the summer to look for buttons. The hobby only lasted a short time, and we have not added any new ones in years. I must remember to get some for this election. We missed the last one. Drats! I wish I would have gotten a Hillary button. Maybe I will luck out and find one.

Here's a few of my older buttons:

Woodrow Wilson

William Jennings Bryan & Kern (whoever that was). They made an unsuccessful run in 1908, I believe.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I Started Another New Project

I should be sewing on the binding for 'Roses are Red, Borders are Blue' instead of starting another project. So far I have not been able to drum up the desire to do so.

So all week I have been puttering with this new idea. Can you guess what it will be?

Tonight I finished the last gift blocks.

I think it will be a table runner. Whenever I am having a birthday meal for someone, I can use this runner on the table. I still need to add triangels on each end and then it will be ready for the "to be quilted" pile. That piles keeps getting bigger and bigger!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Campaign Table Runner

It's been raining all weekend, so I have been playing around with some new quilt blocks that I got from a web site where a very generous lady takes requests from readers and makes foundation patterns that she publishes for free! She also has patterns for sale.
I found two political blocks that I thought were so cute.

Here's the Democratic donkey. I love this guy! He finishes at 6 inches square.

She also gave a pattern for the republican elephant.

I wish I had used a different fabric for the neck scarf. Too late now.

After making these two 6-inch blocks, I had to think of a use for them. I decided they would make a cute table runner to use during campaign week. So now my quick blocks have turned into a weekend full of pleasure. What else is there to do on a rainy summer weekend? :)

I used the animal blocks as the center of a star.

I used Carol Doak's pattern book, Simply Sensational Nine-Patch Stars.
I adore this book! It comes with a disk for the computer and I can make the patterns whatever size I want. I just print them off and I am ready to sew.

Once I finished the two 18-inch campaign icon blocks, I needed to figure out something to join them together. Again I turned to Carol Doak. This time it was her 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks book.
I thought this patriotic heart would be nice.
So I printed 3 of them and began to sew. Halfway through I decided I only wanted one of them. So I finished one.
I decided I wanted two of these hearts.

I liked the open banner. Years ago I started to collect campagin buttons. I gave it up after a short time, but I do have a dozen or so of them and I thought they would be great to attach to the banner area of this star.
So I made two of them.
Now I don't like the center heart. It just does not work when I face the other two so that they are upright for each person sitting on opposite sides of the table. So I ditched the center heart. (I did not throw it away, I will find another use for it) what? Whatever I put here is likely to be covered by a centerpiece. I could just leave it white.

Instead I decided to put a flag in the center, just in case I use this without a centerpiece covering the middle.

Now I only have to figure out what to do with the ends. I like table runners that end in a point. If they are left just squared off, I think they look unfinished. I spent a little time trying to decide what I could put on point to use on the ends.

Finally I decided that I did not want to spend that much more time on this. I decided just to use the blue star fabric for the ends.

So much easier and I think it looks fine.

Now I just need to sandwich it, quilt it, bind it and it's ready for the next election.

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