Saturday, December 8, 2018

Last Minute Gift Blog Hop - Guest Post : Natalie Crabtree



Hello to all the quilters, fabric admirers and color enthusiasts reading this blog! I am Natalie Crabtree, quilt designer based in Cincinnati, OH. I am pleased to take part in this fun Michael Miller Holiday Blog Hop. I do hope you enjoy making these fun projects.

I adore the Christmas season. The hustle, bustle and holiday cheer is something that I have always thrived on! However, the holidays are often so busy it might be difficult to find time to sit down and sew! Running from store to store, cooking, baking and decorating! Easy to create, quick projects are wonderful for this time of year.

For my Last Minute Gift ideas, I wanted to focus on projects that didn’t require a pattern and that could easily be done in a day or less. It was also important for me to provide projects that were enjoyable and easy to create! What a joy it is to sit down at the sewing machine, listen to Christmas tunes and sew handmade gifts for family and friends.

For these projects I used Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture Solids, Fairy Frost and Rustique Winter.



The first project I focused on was a Woven Fabric Table runner. This project would be a wonderful gift for the host or hostess at holiday parties, or a lovely addition to your own dining table. This project requires sewing but includes a nontraditional fabric weaving method. It’s fun to change it up from time to time! 
This table runner design is versatile. You can add borders and intricate quilting for a more involved project, or you can bind the woven table runner and have a completed project. The choice is yours.
      1. Start by cutting at least (20) 3” x WOF strips from various fabrics. Do not remove selvages. The sturdy selvages will help you in later steps. Use as many fabrics as you can, the scrappier the better with this project!

      2.  Use the 3” strips to sew tubes by folding the strip over on itself. The wrong side of fabric will be facing you. Sew all 3” strips into tubes.


     3.   Press all seams open on the tubes so that the tube will lay flat.
      
     4. Use a safety pin to flip the tube right side out. Sort of like putting a sweatshirt string back into a sweatshirt! This is where the selvages come in handy! Pin the safety pin to the selvage and pull the tube right side out. Pinning to the selvage allows you to pull the fabric through without worrying about tearing or stretching.
     
     5. Press tubes flat. Make sure that your seam is running down the middle of one side of your tube.
   
     6. Cut half of your tubes into thirds. (I used 20 tubes total. 10 tubes were left WOF, the remaining 10 tubes were cut into thirds giving me 30 shorter tubes)


     7.  This is where the fun begins! Using pins and a flat surface that you can pin things to (foam board, carpet, or in my case an ottoman!), pin the ends of 10 WOF tubes down so that the tubes are touching each other. We do not want space between each tube.

   8. Begin weaving the shorter tubes alternating the weaving as you go. Make sure to pull the tubes taunt and weave very close together as you don’t want any room in between each tube. 



9.       Pin tubes in place as you go to keep them straight. Use basting glue or school glue to hold tubes in place. This will become important when you lift the table runner from the flat surface. 



10.       Continue until you have reached the length of table runner you wish to create. Let the basting glue dry before lifting the table runner.  Don’t be nervous if the table runner’s edges look uneven! We will trim in later steps. 



11.       After the glue has dried, lift the table runner and trim the edges.
12.       Once you have reached this step, you have options.

a.       If you are low on time, you can bind the table runner and the project will be complete! The basting glue and tight woven fabrics will stay in place.
b.       You can quilt the table runner as desired and bind. (This is the option I choose, see photos below)
c.       You can add borders, quilt and bind! 


This project was such a joy to make, and a fun change of pace! I hope that you enjoy it too! 


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Be sure to comment on the post below to enter for a chance to win a FQ bundle from us at Michael Miller Fabrics! 

Happy sewing! 

Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 -  Debby Kratovil 




Tuesday, December 4th, 2018  -Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety






Wednesday, December 5th, 2018- Lish Dorset


Guest post on our blog :






Thursday, December 6th, 2018 - Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio






Friday, December 7th , 2018 - Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring






Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - Natalie Crabtree


Guest post on our blog :






Sunday, December 9th, 2019 – Gemia Carroll of Phat Quarters Fabric



Monday, December 10th, 2019 -Sandra Clemons of Make it Blossom 







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