Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day Table Runner

After seeing a Saint Patrick's Day table runner online, I decided to make one for our kitchen table.  Based on the size I had available on our table, I worked backwards to determine the size of the blocks (8" finished), sashing (2" finished), and binding (.5")


Designs:
  • Shamrock (Greenwork) from Embroidery Library (I did not stitch out the stars)
  • Shamrock Wreath from Embroidery Library
  • The clovers are built into IQ Designer on my Destiny II machine
  • The background stipple was also done using IQ Designer on my machine.
Fabric:' 
  • Three 8.5" squares of white background fabric
  • Ten 2.5" x 8.5" strips of contrast green fabric
  • Eight 2.5" squares of white background fabric
  • Backing fabric
Batting:  
  • Cotton Batting
  • Insul-Bright
My fabric choices - found at my local JoAnn store.

Preview of table runner done in Electric Quilt 7.
To Make the Table Runner Top:
  • Embroider each large block.

  • Use 1/4" seams.
  • Stitch two green 8.5" strips to the left and right sides of each wreath-embroidered block.
Make two of these.
  • Stitch two small white 2.5" squares to both sides on four green strips.
Make four of these.
  • Stitch two of those green/white strips to each of the wreath-embroidered blocks to complete them, matching up seams.
Complete two of these blocks.
  • Stitch two 8.5" green strips to top and bottom of the 8.5" center block.
Center block.
  • Stitch the center block to the adjoining wreath-blocks (matching up seams)  to complete your table runner row.
Complete table runner top.

To Quilt:
  • Lay the backing fabric, face down on your cutting surface.
  • Add a layer of cotton batting.
  • Add a layer of Insul-Bright to allow it handle hot dishes.
  • Lay the table runner top on top of this.
  • Pin-baste the quilt sandwich.
  • Quilt as desired.  😃
    • I hooped the quilt sandwich for each main block and used my Destiny to scan the hoop.
    • Based on embroidery design, I used IQ Designer to draw an outline around the embroidery and added stippling around the design inside each large block.
    • I re-hooped and scanned the quilt sandwich for each block and added the small clover built-in design.
After my quilting.
Close-up of in-the-hoop stipple quilting.
Finishing the last of the self-binding.

You can see this table runner's embroidery has extra dimension for the extra layer of insult-bright fabric that was added.  I like it!   ☘️

Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Golden Tapestry Finished! and The Real Cost

I have Good News and Not-So-Good News.  I have been meaning to post this, to show I can actually finish a bigger project.  😉

First the Good News...  It's finished!  Took me the whole year, and needed over 2 million stitches.  I had the design and main silk for a few years and made it a resolution to complete this project in 2016.

My finished tapestry of gold metallic thread on dark green silk. 

I modified a quilt label from embroidery library and happily stitched the label for the back.

I finished it at the end of December - just in time to hang for Christmas. Resolution Complete. ✔️

Now the Not-So-Good News...  I now know how much I spent on it.

Do you know the cost of your projects?  I recently went through the records I had for this project, and totaled up the cost.  Time invested is priceless, but the material costs really add up too.  I knew it would be pricey because of the silk and metallic thread.  I must admit, the total was more than I thought, probably because I purchased some things before and had them on hand, so I didn't think about their prior cost.  I also spent a little extra on purchasing gold silk samples in search of the perfect shade of gold border to match this project.

Here are my costs (rounded to nearest whole dollar).  I tried to shop sales and uses coupons/codes where I could:
  • Anita Goodesign Golden Tapestry Embroidery Designs -  $74
  • Main Fabric - Dark Green Silk Dupioni - 3 yards - $57
  • Border Fabric - Soft Gold Dupioni Silk - 1 yard - $35
  • Backing Fabric - Forest Green Cotton - 3.5 yards - $18
  • Bobbin Thread - Brother 5-pack of 1200 yard spools - $38
  • Embroidery Thread - 6 spools of Pacesetter Deep Green 1100 yard spool - $37
  • Metallic Embroidery Thread - 9 spools of Floriani 880 yard cone - $126
  • Fabric Interfacing - Armo Weft fusible - 20" x 10 yards - $42
  • Batting for quilt top and sandwich - Pellon Nature's Choice Cotton - 90" x 2 yards - $11
  • Stabilizer - Floriani No-Show Mesh - 5 rolls of 12" x 10 yards (double layer in hoop) - $70
  • Quilting Top Thread - Sulky King Size Clear polyester - $7
  • Quilting Bottom Thread - Gutterman 500 M Dark Green SewAll -$5
TOTAL MATERIALS COST:  $520  Yikes!

Incidentals:
  • Machine Needles - Schmetz 75/11 Embroidery - $15
  • Gold Border Fabric Swatches - $27
My total material costs:  $562 

If you are looking to make this project and wonder what exactly I bought and from where, I have a PDF copy of my actual costs and resources here.

I don't usually track expenses for a particular project, but this one was such an undertaking, that I happen to save the receipts.  Not sure I will do this again - I don't think I want to know.  😉   But this does show that hand-made quilts and projects like this are expensive to start - not including the time invested to create your masterpiece.

I totally love my Golden Tapestry and proudly hang it in our living room.  I hope it will be passed down for generations to come.

Happy Stitching!

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