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Sunday, May 25, 2014

May Entry - Handmade Christmas Challenge

I'm back! Posting my May entry for Sew Cal Gal's  "A Handmade Christmas Challenge".
Each month Sew Cal Gal encourages her followers to post things we have made either for our own homes for Christmas, or to use as Christmas gifts. We link them up and get a chance to win a prize via a random drawing. I didn't enter for the prizes, but because I really like the idea of making some nice things for Christmas, either as decorations or for giving. I usually don't think of doing something like this until Thanksgiving, and then it's too late and I'm too busy. This is a great chance to to get ahead of the game.

Unfortunately, I missed the March and April entry dates. Just too many things going on here. I really didn't want to miss May as well. So I started last month right after I had missed the date. And I still didn't finish until today.

This month, I made a table runner using a 60 degree ruler and a border print.

It seemed really easy, but I had some trouble getting the seams lined up. When you cut 60 degree triangles, you end up with a lot of bias edges, which stretch pretty easily. I ended up with a somewhat wavy border, even though everything was flat before quilting. I think there were two reasons - the quilting is not uniform across the entire piece (I quilted the inside area, but not the outside. Also, I think I probably stretched things a bit when I bound the edge. In any case, I plan to use it this Christmas on my kitchen table.

Check out Sew Cal Gal's Handmade Christmas Challenge and see all the wonderful things others have done. Or start a project to post next month and get a head start on Christmas!