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I just finished a table runner after doing a workshop with the Elmira Needle Sisters. Or at least the top is done! My goal is to get the quilting done by Dec 11, 2015. So hopefully, I can share the custom quilting design with you then! I do not have time to do a quilt right now with long arm obligations, pattern designs, teaching and this blog, my time is limited but I enjoyed making this table runner. Below is a pic of the table runner top.
The "block" for this project is actually kind of an unusual finished size it is 4 1/4 x 7 1/2" - a rectangle. When you are finish making one, you automatically think ... What the heck am I going to do with that? Well I discovered via the assistance of a great teacher Susan, that with this wonderful Quick Curve Ruler, repetitive blocks and careful layout I could make a variation on the "Urban Pods" table runner. See one block isolated below:
Because I used only one kind of feature fabric, I did not have to worry about making mirror image blocks, I simply had to flip them around, audition the layout and sew them together. A picture of this ruler is below:
If you look closely, you will notice that I placed medical tape on the back side of the ruler to stop it from sliding while I was cutting. This is a great tip if you have this ruler.
The ruler comes also with a free pattern which is awesome and it is called "Urban Runner". This is a great bonus! How many rulers do you know that come with a free pattern? Pics of the free pattern handout are shown below:
What I found out as I was taking the class is that Sew Kind of Wonderful has 25 patterns available, some are available here and 2 books that utilize this clearly versatile ruler!
The ruler also squares your blocks and can be moved around to make other shapes (this is called techniques). These techniques are why they created patterns and books. They created a single product (the ruler) that can be expanded upon. It's on sale at Connecting Threads right now for 50% off you pay only $16.00 USD or approx 21.35 CDN . This is a real deal compared to what I paid for the ruler!! Also if you order over $75.00 there is free shipping.
I was so happy with the way my table runner went together and with the motivation to do more with this ruler, I just borrowed their first book from the Waterloo Quilters' Guild Library, see pic below:
The above book is also on Sale at Connecting Threads right now for 20% off - $15.16 US or approx 20.16 CDN
..... and then I got all hopped up on my excitement and bought the most recent, hot off the press, just revealed at Houston Quilt Market in October book also from the same 3 women at Sew Kind of Wonderful, One Wonderful Curve 12 Contemporary Quilts. See a pic of this book below:
The book above includes 6 techniques with the same ruler and 12 more quilts.
Do I need to say more, there are rulers I buy and do not get much use out of them, but this ruler is going to get lots of use because, I love the quilts and plan to make more, they are fresh, modern, have lots of opportunity for quilting and the most recent book, has quilting suggestions in the back, yeah!
The only place that I can see to get the new book above is
If you purchase the book from them, please tell them I gave them a positive review!
Oh and did I mention, I see scalloped edges on my quilts and borders with this ruler??
I dream of many projects from this wonderful group of ladies and their ruler, patterns and books in the new year. My dreams are colourful!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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