Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My new table topper for the 2013 Home Sweet home, create along.

Here I am again to share with you a new project,

One of the  blogs that I follow and that I also enjoy, is Liz's blog, the
name of the blog is "MOMENTS".
This year Liz has started the 2013 Home Sweet Home, create along.
In her create along, we have three months to create something for a
particular room in the house.
This is the link to her create along if you want more inspiration, and if
you want to participate.
In her blog you will find several links with different ideas to create
something and many tutorials, this is a  blog that I advise you to visit
To participate to the create along I decided to make this table topper for
my dining room.

I did this table topper   following a tutorial from Connie, her blog,
Freemotion by the River, is another blog full of beautiful projects and
great tutorials. I visit her regularly.
This is the link for the tutorial that I used to create my table topper.
And here she has another tutorial.
Time to set up my machine for free motion.
After all the triangles of this table topper are sewn, I made my first
experience in the art of free motion.
Maybe there is someone who is reading my blog that has a designer se, so
I'll tell you, the settings that I used with my sewing machine:
- I used an organ needle # 80. 
- Installed my open toe  free motion spring foot.
- I used de V menu, stitch # 1 ( V V1:1), when I selected this stitch the feed dogs drop , and stay down.
- I lower the speed.
- To start I used the start/stop button, to stop while sewing I used the pedal.
- I used also the button to keep  the needle down.
_ I practice, practice and practice on a piece of fabric until I felt comfortable then I jumped into the adventure, the beginning was a strange feeling of incomfort but minutes later, I was doing my stippling calmly!

Time to do the binding
This is a tutorial where the steps are very well explained, the only thing
that she does not explain in her tutorial is how to make a binding when we
have a 60 degree angle.
But I look for information on google, (what would we do today without
google ...) and I was lucky to discover this blog, where there is a
tutorial explaining exactly what I wanted. Here is the link
I followed her tutorial, but I could not resist taking some pictures to
show you, how I made the binding, here are my pictures.

Let's made the binding
1) Place two strips right sides together at a 90 degree right angle and mark
from corner to corner.

2) Sew

3) Cut
4)  Press each seam open
Now that we have made ​​the binding, we have to sew it to the table topper,
it will be practical now, to read the tutorial which I have spoken above, how
to do a binding around a 60 degree corner, here I give you the link again
(I want to spare you from going up and down in the post) (I think that I have a
good idea, at the end of this post I will give you all the links
in one place, it will be easier because I'm not finished yet with my links)
end of the brackets :)
I will show pictures I took while I did my sewing:


I cannot end this post without another link, this is a link to a video that
I found interesting, showing us how to  better  binding mitered corners and
finish the binding with invisible joins.
Here you go!


The technique that they explain in the video is great, I tried it, and I get
a really invisible join. The problem is the space, this is a very small
project, but can be done.
To finish I want to share with you one good news, do you remember   my
previous project, the triple zip pouch? This pouch was featured on Pam's
blog, I was so happy when I got her message, I started the day with a big
Along with my triple zip pouch there are also other beautiful projects that
have been featured, here's the link if you want to see them.
Threading my way ( Pam's blog)is a nice blog, I know I have already talked
about this blog before, but I want to invite you to visit her again, Pam
has a variety of projects and tutorials, I can assure you it's worth
visiting her.
Now I will leave here, all of the links of whom I spoke over my post, here
we go!
Liz's blog , for the  2013 Home Sweet home, create along. Click here
There is also a button on my side bar to the create along, this button will
remain there throughout the year.
The tutorials for the table topper, from Freemotion to the River
This is the one I used Click here, and another one here .
How to do a binding around a 60 degree corner, the tutorial is here.
Binding mitered corners and finish the binding with invisible joins.
The video is here.
Threading My Way, Pam's blog, click here

Here is one last link I want to share with you
I added this project to the, 2013 NewFO Challenge, this is another 

challenge which I hope to participate this year. In order to participate in 
this challenge we must  start up at least one new quilt project.  The quilt can be of any size from potholders or mug rugs to king-sized bed quilts.  You do NOT need to complete any project during the year.  All you need to do to participate is start something new during any given month.
  On the last day of the month,
write a blog post about your new project and link up to the linky party.
If you want to visit this link party and participate, here's the link.

If you want more information, I added a button in the sidebar, and I will leave it there throughout the year, is the button that says 2013New FO Challenge

I hope you enjoy this post, you have several blogs to discover and very
good tutorials to create new projects.
  I look forward to your comments, and I respond to all of you privately.
Followers you are always welcome, whenever there is a new follower that
joins this blog, it makes me happy!!
Have a happy sewing day:)


Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Oh Marisa this is so beautiful! Your colors are awesome and I'm sorry I didn't say anything about the binding. I guess I don't even think about how different it is to do it anymore and I'm glad you found a tutorial! Thanks for sharing.
Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

2justByou said...

Beautiful table topper, and I love the rich colors. =0)
I'm a new GFC follower, here from Meet & Greet. Thanks for joining us, and I hope to see you this weekend as well.

Maria said...

Your table topper is beautiful. I love the autumn colours you've used. Thanks for all the wonderful links and tutorial for the binding and congratulations for being featured, you pouch deserved it. Love kitty by the way, so cute.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Beautiful Marisa! Your colors and quilting are wonderful. Thanks for the link about binding that shape too. Your cat is so sweet too in the photos. I follow Connie and she has a lot of great things on her blog.

Hilary said...

Beautiful! I saw this on one of the hops and your photo drew me. So good job on the photography and styling, etc.

Free motion quilting can be quite daunting ... was this your first effort? It looks beautiful.

meandmr.com said...

Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog! I look forward to reading more.

You can find me at meandmr.com

-Melanie @meandmr.com

Janice said...

Marissa, I love your table topper! The fabric you chose are just fabulous. Also, just have to say, your cat looks like my grand-kitty, Caramel Pie. My daughter came by tonite and I had to show her the picture. She said, "Oh, it looks like Pie!"

Thank you so much for the links. You are opening my world up to so many great sites. You have also inspired me to attempt free motion quilting on my next baby blanket.

Take care.

Ricochet said...

What a great table topper and what an informative post you've created. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and links.

Barbara said...

This is just gorgeous. I love the fabrics you've used. Thanks for linking up today.

Quilting Babcia said...

Very sweet table topper, and your fabric choices are wonderful.

Nina @ Atir Inspired Decor~AID said...

So Lovely~I sure wish I was able to sew as well as you.
I am also, your newest follower & I hope you will follow me too!

Diya said...

So much of info all in one go .. Thanks for this post. nice ur project looks too :)Have a great day

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Such beautiful quilting, Marisa!!! Thanks for all the links to check out and thanks so much for your kind words.

Vicki said...

What a gorgeous table topper. The vase and flowers look stunning on it (and cute kitty, too!).
~Vicki (from SassyPacks)

Helen McNaught @ AuntyHennys said...

Hello Marisa! thank you for visiting my blog! I love your table topper. I agree, what would we do without the Internet?!! Your post is full of great links and tips.
NewFo is a great idea as it is always easy to START something new :-))
Happy Sewing!!

Gifts From the Kitchen said...

Beautiful table topper. Your newest follower! Thanks for following my blog!

legato1958 said...

Hello Marisa! I just love your gorgeous table topper!! The colors are elegant, and something that I would pick.
There is so much good information and inspiration in this post today!
You are inspiring me to practice free motion quilting now!
And your kitty is such a lovely model for your table topper!!


Sheryl Hastings said...

I love your table topper. I see that the kitty loves it as well. I'm actually a table topper junkie. I love to make them and I love the way they look on my dining room table.

Following you back!

Unknown said...

Hi Marisa!
Thanks for stopping my site and for the follows! Following you back on Linky and google+!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice table topper.

Judy Bisaya said...

Hi Marissa,

This is beautiful. You have done it so nice and neat. I can't wait to start sewing again. Thanks for partying with Linkin with my Ladies Blog Hop. Followed you back via GFC and G+. See you around and Have a beautiful day.


Redecórate con Lola Godoy said...

Hola, tu blog es maravilloso y me quedo como tu nueva seguidora. Besitos guapa.

Anna said...

Beautiful ! Your blog is full of lovely creations and i'm going to follow it !
Thanks for your visit and comment.
Have a nice day !

Katie said...

Hi Marisa!
Thanks so much for linking up with us at the "Linkin with my ladies" Thursday hop! We still have new blog's linking up if you want to stop by and check them out. Following you on Linky and google+.
Thanks again!

Unknown said...

this is pretty cool! thanks for sharing

Following back from Likin with the Ladies Blog Hop

Unknown said...

What a lovely piece! Just hopping through with the blog hop. check me out @ www.feelingtheemptynest.com when you have time :)

Unknown said...

Wow, nice work.
Thank you for joining in the fun and linking up on Tutorial Thursdays, it is wonderful to have you over.
Hope to see you next week again.
I am a new follower :)

Unknown said...

love this table top. thanks for stopping by.

Kyoti said...

following you back from Kyoticrafts. what a cute blog!

Unknown said...

you are certainly talented! i am trying to get better at sewing and these types of projects because I admire them so much.
thanks so much for linking up with aloha Friday I am so happy to be following ya back! :)

Lynn F said...

I really appreciated your tutorial for the binding on such an unusual shape. It turned out so well, so professional!

Mandy @HKCHIC said...

wow, that's soooo nice! i love it!

Scrapatches said...

I love this table topper. Your kitty is so pretty, too. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a thread trail back to your blog. You make beautiful things ... :) Pat

Theresa said...

Thanks for sharing & linking up. I love how your project turned out. & the binding tutorial. Visiting from @ DearCreatives.com hope to see you again soon.

Allison said...

this is such a sweet table topper! I really appreciate how well written your post is, with links and helpful tips, too. thank you for sharing! :)


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