Five minute block…4 days later

I finished a table runner today!!! Yeah for the first finish of MAY !!
I started this on April 29th; a 5 minute block pattern by Suzanne McNeill.  (http://blog.suzannemcneill.com/2012/05/16/5-minute-blocks.aspx)  ….so after 3 solid days of sewing at my quilt bees “sit & sew”; and an afternoon dedicated at home, I have taken my 5 minute block and  made it into the table runner you see below!

Note: this table runner is finished with Susies Magic Binding — (That is the little piped edge next to the binding that makes it so special)   Tutorial link: http://www.52quilts.com/2012/05/tuesday-tutorial-susies-magic-binding.html
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If the fabric looks familiar, that is because it is made with “left over fabric” from my Happy Birthday / Celebrate Bunting —  posted about here: https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/celebrate-happ…unting-wrap-up/

 

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Our Quilt Bee sit & sew was awesome. We were each given an 8 foot table to work on, there were irons available and lots of mentoring. The church where we were located provided a big lunch everyday, so we were well cared for.  We did a bit of show and tell every day, and there were some tutorials.  The table runner was an option, and I thought I had the perfect fabric to use.  (Yes, dear daughter, the table runner will be mailed with the bunting, but not until after I show it off at the Quilt Guild meeting on Monday).  (I demo’d the binding that is on this table runner!)

I got one UFO layered up and pin basted, so I will be working on it’s quilting. I took 4 UFO’s with me, and spent so much time on this table runner, that I never got to them.  The UFO’s are a result of 2 classes I took in 2012 & 2013. In those classes we started a new project every week, and I never got back to the project from the previous week. The thing that was holding me back was uncertainty.  I wasn’t sure what I would do with a small quilt (36 x 36 ).  I have come to the conclusion in the last 14 months that small is ok.  I am thinking wall hangings!  I love the fabric of EACH of them so much, I can’t bear to part with any of them.

While at our sit and sew,  I took possesion of 2 of our Senior Quilts for church from a Bee member who donated her long-arm quilting skills.  Next up is to create some binding for those quilts, as they are due to be presented to the graduates in 3 weeks.

Life is busy; lots of sewing going on! Don’t mind the dust bunnies…the cats are shedding and so is the dog.  Time to fix dinner….happy stitching!

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11 thoughts on “Five minute block…4 days later

  1. That is the problem with very small quilts. You really don’t know what to do with them afterwards. I just stick mine on the table as a center pieces.

    Your table runner looks nice.

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    • I agree!! I figure they were good learning tools when I took the classes; and now that I am doing more quilting, I might use them for practicing my Free Motion Quilting. Thanks for your nice comment.

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  2. Wonderful to see someone having so much fun quilting. I checked out the link for the binding and will be trying this.
    Lillian

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    • I love this binding technique because it gives such a good finish; goes on totally by machine. It takes a couple of extra steps, but saves so much time when you consider having to hand stitch on the back of a quilt using a regular binding method.

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  3. I remember last year that you were wanting some inspiration pieces for your sewing studio, so wall hangings seem like a good option it seems to me. The table runner came out wonderfully. Glad that you’re having so much fun…and remember my motto: Housework is for those who don’t quilt! (I say as I listen to the laundry going in the next room. 🙂

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