My turn on the Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop & Tutorial!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Plum and June Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop! When you have finished here make sure you check out my hop partner today – Martha fromΒ Weekend Doings.Β  The pictures above are a sampling of my finished 2012 projects, many of them you can find in my tutorials section on my blog, I would love if you would take a moment and check it out!

Beth has asked us a bunch of get to know you questions and then after the questions I have a fun fall table runner tutorial for you!

How long have you been quilting? I’ve been quilting for about 11 years now. I made my first quilt for my niece and was won over to the quilting side immediately. I grew up watching my mom quilt and I have loved doing it with her.
Favorite quilting tip(s)? Trust yourself and try new things, especially those that intimidate you!
Favorite blogging tip(s)? Be yourself and don’t put pressure on yourself to blog every day. Once your blog becomes something you feel obligated to do you won’t enjoy it nearly as much.
Favorite fabric (or wish list fabric): My favorite line is Half Moon Modern – which is why I’m making a king size swoon quilt out of it!
Favorite craft book: I don’t really have a favorite, but I do love the Quilt Block Encyclopedia and probably the Log Cabin in a Day book by Eleanor Burns, it is the first real pattern I ever followed.
Favorite book (or book you are currently reading): I don’t have a favorite book, but I have read the Harry Potter series more times than I can count…
Favorite children’s book: The entire Berenstain Bears Series
Favorite quilting tool: I’m going to go with the Easy Star and Geese Ruler because it helped me to conquer my fear of Flying Geese.
Favorite music to listen to while quilting: I don’t listen to music, I have MASH dvds playing in the background when I sew πŸ™‚
Favorite TV show while hand stitching: Whatever is on
Binding – by hand or by machine? Lately by machine but that is mainly because hand sewing kills my RA
If I’d only known – what you wish you knew about blogging before you started your blog: That it can really be a full time job, but only if you let it become one.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a bit better! I also want to thank Beth from Plum and June for putting all of this together! It has been so much fun to get to know all of the other newbie bloggers out there! I hope you enjoy the tutorial I have for you today!

Flying V Table Runner Tutorial

I belong to a swap group on Facebook and for our last swap we made Fall or Halloween table runners measuring 15” x 30”. This is my table runner. I was inspired by all of the Canadian geese flying over our neighborhood, nothing makes me think of fall more than geese and falling leaves!

Supplies:

5 Fat Quarters
¼” yard of white solid
ΒΌ yard of the Orange Solid
ΒΌ yard of the leaf print – binding
Scrap of batting – at least 15” x 30”

Cutting:

I used the Easy Star and Geese Ruler which I think makes flying geese TOO easy for words!Β  My cutting and sewing instructions will be for this ruler. However, if you don’t have one, for the white center sections of the geese you will want to cut 18 3.5”x6.5” sections and then you will need a total of 36 squares measuring 3.5×3.5 for the wings.

For Geese: For those using the Easy Star and Geese Ruler – cut 3.5” strips from your fat quarters and 2 from your white solid, then sub-cut according to picture below:

For Sashing and borders: from Orange fabric cut four 1.5” Strips

For backing: From 4 fat quarters cut a strip from each measuring 18” x 5.5”, from 5th fat quarter cut 18” x 10.5” strip.

Sewing:

Use ¼” seams throughout.
Start by sewing on your wings.

Cut them all apart.

Press towards the print.
Chain piece on the second set of wings.
Cut the geese apart and press towards the print again.
Lay out your geese and sew them into 2 rows.
Sash the rows and add borders.
Sew together your backing, quilt, and bind.

I hope you enjoyed my stop on the Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop, make sure you head on over and visit Martha fromΒ Weekend Doings.

 

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25 Responses to My turn on the Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop & Tutorial!

  1. Carrie P. says:

    great table runner for fall and I enjoyed reading more about you.

  2. Cynthia says:

    Nice to meet you on the blog hop, Melissa! I am bookmarking your blog:).

  3. Lisa L. says:

    Love that table runner! πŸ™‚

  4. Lyanna L. says:

    I love your table runner! I’ve never made one…perhaps I will to use for thanksgiving this year =)

  5. Mina says:

    One of my goals this year is to tackle my fear of triangles! I have that ruler, so maybe i need to put it to use

  6. Martha says:

    Hi Melissa nice to meet you. Your mosaic of finish projects if very impresive and beautiful. I love yor leftovers pillow, it jus caught my eye right away.
    Thank you for the tutorial sewing triangles kind of scares me, but you made it look so easy I must give it a try.

  7. Patricia L. says:

    Nice to meet you! The geese are nice and pointy. You have a nice blog!

  8. Snoodles says:

    I really love that runner! πŸ™‚

  9. Tessa Marie says:

    Hi Melissa, nice to meet you and get to know you better! Your mosaic of projects is lovely! I have always avoided doing flying geese (don’t really know why) but that ruler sure makes it look easy. I am going to have to get one. Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

  10. Beth says:

    This was such a fun read Melissa! Everything in your mosaic is beautiful and I’m excited to see your swoon quilt. Also, thanks for the great tutorial – perfect for the season!

  11. CeLynn says:

    Hey girlfriend πŸ™‚ Lovin my sweet clutch (pictured in the center of the mosaic) that you gave me this summer! You have been super busy as always in the sewing department πŸ˜‰ I am in love with the flying geese table runner,was going to make a table runner with the Modern Star block…..but now am thinking that I will have to add some geese,maybe in the border… Thanks for the Tute!

  12. Lovely table runner and beautiful fabric. Thank you for tutorial. I will try it…Judith, Texas

  13. Vicki says:

    Love the table runner Melissa! It looks fantastic! And you have finished a ton of things this year! I’m a little jealous! I seem to have more UFO’s than finishes this year…

  14. Jolie says:

    Hi Melissa,
    Great tablerunner and you have had a busy year – you’ve gotten a lot done!

  15. Barb N says:

    Love your mosaic – great way to achieve a sense of accomplishment if you ever have the feeling that you’re not getting enough done! What program did you use to put it together? Love your flying geese tutorial – thanks!

  16. wendy says:

    You’ve made so many incredible things!! Thanks for the runner tutorial!

  17. Katy says:

    Fun runner, very seasonal πŸ™‚

  18. I enjoyed your post – you have some beautiful projects there!

    Must say – I’m a bit of a fan of Half Moon Modern too – how fab to do a king size quilt with it!

  19. Foster says:

    Nice to meet you on the blog hop! I love the colors in that table runner!

  20. Connie says:

    What a beautiful runner and tutorial Melissa! I enjoyed learning just a little more about you too!

  21. Ginny says:

    Nice to meet you on the blog hop! Your mosaic is filled with wonderful projects and thanks for the autumn table runner tute!

  22. ChrissieD says:

    Great post and tutorial, good to find out more about you on the Blog Hop πŸ™‚

  23. Susan says:

    Adorable runner! I think I might try it with Christmas fabrics, if I can find where I put them. It’s a 3.5″ x 6.5″ flying geese, finishing 3 x 6, right? I cut squares and do it the Eleanor Burns way, so I just need to know what they should be when I’m finished sewing them. =)

  24. Melissa, that runner is adorable!! I love Half Moon Modern too, and what a great mosaic of finishes you’ve got there. So great to learn more about you!

  25. Lina says:

    I like your flying geese. Maybe I’ll start making such soon too. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing on the blog hop.

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