Carla, from Creatin’ in the Sticks, is hosting this month’s hop all about music. Of course, Let’s Go to the Hop hopped right into my head and for your entertainment, a link is provided so that you can have an earworm for the day! Now, here are some of Carla’s ideas about the music blog hop:
Do you have a song that inspires you or a tune you listen to when you sew? Do you love a particular instrument or know someone who does? Maybe something, anything, is music to your heart. Does your Mary have a lamb? Do you have music fabric you need to use?
I went with the fabric idea as I had some fabric to use and hope that the two uses inspire you!
Tablerunner #1 – The Border Stripe Runner
I have used this pattern many times, and I always love it. This border print had some challenges, and I wish I had kept a photo of it uncut, but I didn’t. First, I didn’t have close to a full yard of fabric; it was washed and shrunk a little AND the edges were uneven. And, as you can see it calls for an extra half yard. Note to self: buy enough fabric for the project. The second problem was that I did not analyze it enough and made an error on the first cuts….so I couldn’t get a second one like the first, which was my original intention.
I love the piano keys running around the center and the music staff and notes in the center and at the edges. This is not a full-size table runner, but perfect for the center of a table or when serving hor devours.
It was amazing but there was just enough of this fabric to use as a backing. I like “pillow-casing” the pieces and not binding them….to make it lie flatter on the table. Here is a link to pillowcasing a quilt. Somehow, it seems to lend itself more easily to using either side than a piece with binding.
I love the way it looks on my kitchen counter….now to have a party with music and candles and fun nibbles!
Table Runner #2
Part of the saga was that the first miscut continued to haunt me, but , I knew I could make another runner. For this one, however, I did not use a pattern. The sections were recut in order that the piano keys would face correctly depending on the side of the table you are on. Then, I found the perfect border fabric in my stash – it was in the holiday pile – a silver, grey, and black narrow stripe. There is a metallic thread or dye on the fabric so it has a little shine to it; making it perfect for a festive piece on a musician’s table.
Magically, I was able to line up the stripes on the border. I think the diagonal fabric helps to give it a little movement, but it is not too distracting. I think this is because it is a very narrow strip. That fabric is Holiday Charms, #19954 by Robert Kauffman and may still be around. It came in other colors, too!
This piece was also pillow-cased. I used a black polka dot print that too could be used if you were going for another kind of theme. The random pattern of the dots makes me think of snow on a dark winter night.
A giveaway (CLOSED)
So, for those of you who were wishing you had some of this fabric, I do have two rows of the piano keys, no music staff on them. They are 4 1/2″ wide x 36″. Please fill out the form below. I will select a winner on Friday, at the end of the bloghop!
(GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED)
These projects were part of my commitment to Wips-B-Gone 2022 and I am pleased to say that the two table runners are done and ready for service.
Visit the other Blog Hoppers!
Here is the list for today and the rest of the week. Stop by and say hello to all who are blogging!
Coming Up on the Blog
Tips and Tutorials (11/22/22)
Wips-B-Gone 2022 Quarter 3
Wips-B-Gone 2022 Quarter 4