Thursday, May 2, 2013

Paddlewheel Sawtooth Table Runner

I hope you aren't tired of quilt post after quilt post. I feel a little proud of all that I've accomplished this year. Since I was unable to run for eight weeks, I found a little more time for sewing. I also did my spring cleaning. ;-)

During said spring cleaning, I came across more than a few unfinished projects. Some need quite a few hours to completion, while a few others need just an hour or two. This table runner was one of those. 

Several years back- probably more like six to seven years if I'm honest and thinking clearly, I borrowed Thimbleberries Beginner's Luck: Over 20 Tried and True Quilts by Lynette Jensen from the local library. Several projects caught my eye, and I decided to try my hand at one. 

To be truthful, I had no idea what I was doing, and it shows. When I found this "work in progress" in my sewing closet I was tempted to throw it away. Most of the half square triangles have the tips cut off, and it's more than a little wonky. My perfectionist tendencies can often keep me from completing a project if it  isn't going exactly how I want it to. I gave myself a little talking to and decided to finish it anyway. I'm glad I did! 

Oh boy! Not getting half square triangles to match up is one thing, but this corner is really off! 

But, on a galloping horse from 50 feet away it looks pretty good! 

This little table runner only lacked the binding. It took me about 45 minutes to finish it. I had quilted it by hand, and though it isn't anywhere near perfect, it has a certain charm to it. 

Humble beginnings! My quilts are still far from perfect, but it's nice to see how far I've come. 

Interestingly, as I Googled the name of the pattern in hopes of sharing the book title with you, I found the instructions online. If, you'd like to make a Paddlewheel Sawtooth Table Runner of your own you can find the directions here.


Anna @FreshDewDrops said...

So very happy for you that you decided to finish this little quilt. It is lovely! Pretty spring colors and love the hand quilting. Thank you for sharing.

sherry said...

Your quilting is beautiful .. has to be as it comes as a labor of love. :)

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I'm glad you finished it! It's very nice!

I have a different pattern a friend made for me - I love it!


Bonnie said...

First time to your blog-and I really enjoyed seeing your quilts. I too quilt and love it. You do really a nice job..It is hard not to be nitpicky on our own creations-but admiring yours I realize no one looks as closely. The table runner is amazing. I enjoy running too. But from the way it looks don't get close to your mileage.

Margo said...

I'm so pleased that you finished it! To my eyes, it's wonderful (and one time I attempted Flying Geese and let's just say I threw away my patches - it was awful).

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