Just Like Riding A Bike

The other day, I saw this from Leah Day and inspiration struck.  I had to make a fall table runner to go with my new fall tablecloth.

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I started with this pumpkin shape and enlarged it in my Silhouette software.  I then starched the heck out of my fabric and cut it using my silhouette.  If I was to do it over again, I would have taken the time to locate my new fabric blade – the blade I used was a bit dull.  But it worked ok.  I had to go back over a few spots with my scissors, but it worked well.

I then used my tutorial to applique the shapes down.  I used another shape’s stem (I can’t remember which one) and completed the applique portion.  I used a small zig-zag to sew things down.

I sandwiched the quilt and decided to just stipple around the pumpkin shapes.  I realized once I got going that stippling is just like riding a bike; once you learn, you don’t forget how to do it.  You may start off a little wobbly to begin with, but once you get going, it is just like you hadn’t ever stopped doing it.

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Not all of my stitches are perfect, but since I have not done it in over two years, I am pretty happy with the results.  The only thing I wish I would have done differently was to remember that I had a little slippery may that went under the quilt to help lower the friction between the quilt and the table.

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I added a quick machine binding and using my tutorial on mitered binding and sewed it down with a zig-zag that mirrors the applique.

And here is the runner; a quick weekend project.

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