Week 1 was a huge success! Not only did we both get our tops done in time but we also really liked how they came together. Nothing is worse than working hard on a project and not loving how it turns out!
My mom did add an extra row and my son did accidentally get a bloody nose while holding my runner, but all in all they came out great! If that is the worst of the issues we run into, then I’ll be happy!
Now we’re ready for week 2! Appliqué!
We decided that we would appliqué before we added borders so that we wouldn’t have so much extra fabric to manipulate while sewing down our designs. For now that seems like a GREAT idea but we won’t really know until we’re done so make sure to check back and see how it worked out for us.
Using my mom’s homemade light table to trace and cut out out pumpkin appliqué pieces really helps to see through the designs and onto the appliqué paper, giving us more precision when tracing. My mom is a step ahead of me due to the supplies being handy in her work space so we were able to see that the pumpkins are a little too small.
Yeah…it’s cute but not quite what we are going for. With some elbow grease and lots of patience, we were able to enlarge them a bit using my mom’s printer/copier. Now we have two sizes to work with if we choose.
My mom has her fabric all picked out with a sparkling orange as her biggest pieces, a lighter orange with some white and yellow texture to the second layer, and the top being a muted yellow.
Even though her colors look great and there is enough fabric for me to cut from it for my own pumpkins, I wasn’t sold on it. It just wasn’t ME.
Now these….THESE are very moi!
So together we went to Joann’s and I played with all the fabrics! I love fabric shopping. I’d rather shop at a quilt store, especially some of the smaller ones near us but sometimes Joann’s is all I can manage time wise (and cost wise). I was a little pressed for time so I had to skip the smaller mom and pop shops.
Smartly, my mom brought her runner with her pumpkin already ironed on. I was able to match the fabrics to her runner and sift through all the colors until I made my decision. I tend to walk into our local shop and take over this little workbench they have set up near the fabric section. I spread out all my choices and play with everything I think looks good.
And here they are!
In the end I went with simple patterns but a gradient change from dark orange to a light lemony yellow. Now for our plan!
Week 2 Instructions
- Piece and trim runner top.
- Choose three colors/patterns to layer for your pumpkin and two for your leaves/tendrils.
- Using the template for the pumpkins (or your choice of picture) print and resize as needed.
- Trace your picture onto paper backed fusible webbing. We used Lite Steam-A-Seam2. Remember that your traced image will be fused to the back of your fabric, so take note of the direction of the design and flip the image before tracing it, if needed.
- Cut out the images on the fusible webbing with a bit of a margin around each piece.
- Peel one side of the paper backing, and place sticky web side to the wrong side of your fabric.
- Cut out each appliqué piece.
- Apply to your runner, layering from the bottom to the top piece.
- Then appliqué into place using thread and stitch of your choice.
Check back on Friday for our podcast when we dish on our experience for week 2 of our sew along. If you missed last week’s podcast, listen here and find out what worked and what didn’t.
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