Sunday, June 15, 2014

Allie Beane

I just finished a table runner made from blocks that I had for a sample in the shop years ago.  The blocks were made using the Allie Beane pattern by Carol Hopkins Designs.  I never was able to complete the wall hanging and when I closed the shop I saved the blocks.

You may notice in the pic that I had large pinwheels and small ones.  I actually made the pinwheels larger and then cut them down to the size that I needed for the centers of the blocks.  These small pinwheels measured 1 1/2" finished!

We had bought a shelf unit for our cottage and I wanted to make a runner that would fit on the lower shelf.  I wanted to use fabric that I had on hand and I remembered the blocks.  Since the shelf was narrow, I needed smaller blocks in order to accomplish the size of the runner.  I couldn't remember how many of the blocks were sewn, so I took out my box and to my surprise I had sewn all of them!  I was so happy!  Imagine seeing Snoopy dancing away!  That was me!

I was able to use all but 4 of the blocks.  The runner turned out to be the perfect size!

Finished runner

To decide on the quilting I decided to try drawing on a pic that I took of the pieced runner on my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone.  I remembered that you could do that and I thought it was a great way to see how my quilting will look when I'm finished.

Quilting design drawn on my blocks.

I used a 3 step zigzag on my Pfaff Creative Performance sewing machine and altered it to a look that I liked and it was perfect.  Hopefully you can see in the closeups how the stitch looked.

I'm not sure what my next project will be.  I certainly have lots to finish and lots that I want to start!

Until next time.

Happy Sewing,