I’m so excited about the Summer Pinwheels table runner from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club that is shipping this month! Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries sent over her thoughts on this month’s project, and she included some great tips on binding this summer quilt. Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful project and comment to win the RJR Fabrics fat quarter giveaway!
Summer Pinwheels – Lynette Jensen
The Summer Pinwheels table runner for the Fons & Porter Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club is ready to ship. The quilts kit’s online and includes the table runner quilt pattern, fabric and a special note from Lynette Jensen. This runner is the perfect way to announce summer has arrived and it is ready for my porch setting with a cool drink and cookies.
Wouldn’t it be nice if every summer day was this welcoming? Even if you don’t have treats ready, the table runner does set the mood. As with all the seasonal projects in the Thimbleberries Project of the Month series, they are on the small side and do not take a huge commitment of time, so it’s easy to participate in the whole year of projects! It’s easy to get your stash of small, seasonal decorative items out to display as the months change and it’s such a fast way to change the mood in your house! They’re all real “day brighteners” with minimal expense. Setting aside some time to sew small projects can do great things for the creative spirit. And then you get to enjoy them for years to come, looking forward to each month’s finished project.
The Summer Pinwheel table runner features a happy, spirited display of summer colors, and is reminiscent of summer relaxation and fun. My four-year-old granddaughter was playing with her little pinwheel on a stick this weekend. Pinwheels have been an enduring summer design for decades. The border print with the large floral motif is just the right scale to balance the boldness of the pinwheel design.
Here are a couple of tips for making the edges of your runner, and all of your quilts, lay nice and flat without any ripples:
- Make sure the quilting goes all the way out to the edge of the quilt top. Ripples will occur when the project is heavily quilted in the center and not the same amount on the outer edge of the quilt. The heavy quilting in the center “pulls” the fabric together and if the same amount of quilting is not used on the outer portion, it creates a flare, just as if you would have gathered fabric at the waistband of a skirt. Now, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but I think it gives you an idea of what is happening.
- If you don’t have the same amount of quilting in the outer border, run a hand basting stitch ¼” in from the outer edge, pulling the thread slightly to bring the edge in to match the tension the quilting in the center has created. When you stitch on your binding, you will find it creates a very nice flat final product. You may not even need a walking foot on your machine to accomplish this nice edge. An overall matching quilting design that goes from edge to edge makes perfectly flat runners.
Don’t forget to check out the Slice of Life Notebook Cover in the Summer Pinwheels pattern. Like all the patterns in the series, I have tucked in a small scrap project for you. This notebook cover is a cutie. Because it is small enough to go in my purse, mine travel with me everywhere.
Note in the instructions, the binding has a little inset of a second color. It certainly could be skipped, but it is my favorite part of this project design. Sometimes it is those special little touches that make such a big impact and, since it is a small project, the extra step takes very little extra time.
You will also note that the notebook uses a bias binding. Don’t think you can skip over this detail. whenever a curved edge is involved in any project, a bias binding is a must. The vary nature of a diagonal cut gives the fabric just enough stretch to navigate the curves without creating any puckers. When you are sewing a bias binding on the edge, resist pulling on the binding while stitching. Just guide it on with a gentle touch which will make it easy to turn to the back side for the final hand stitching.
Enjoy your June projects and start your summer off with fun in the sewing room and color in your home.
These projects sound like so much fun and they’re not bed-size quilt patterns, so they can be completed in a shorter amount of time. The quilting tips were a huge help, as well. Lynette really is a wonderful teacher and amazing quilt designer!
RJR Fabrics is offering a fat quarter bundle giveaway as a jump start for these exciting Thimbleberries Projects of the Month. All you need to do is comment below by June 30, 2016 with the Thimbleberries Project of the Month that you’re most excited to get started on (a winner will be chosen at random). We look forward to hearing from you!
Looking for more tips from Lynette Jensen? Take a look at Pressing Tips for Pinwheel Blocks Strip Sets.