AnneMarie from over at Gen X Quilters asked me to participate the blog hop this week for her new pattern Patchwork Napkins. She provided a copy to me to try and asked me to make at least one of the patchwork designs. But honestly, what good is just one napkin? I had to make them all.
This was a simple project, done in just a few hours. I prepped my fabrics for all the designs at once and did as much chain piecing as possible which made the project go quickly. My favorite was the log cabin, which was also the most time consuming one, but I love how those tiny strips turned out.
After making my Botanics mini earlier in the week, I had a pile of scrap strips from that project just sitting on my desk. Those scraps were perfect for this little project. I opted to make the smaller size napkin mainly because I was working with fat quarters and didn't have quite enough to make the larger, formal napkins. The background fabric is yarn-dyed Essex in flax from RK.
Remember back in my Franken-batting post, I mentioned my edge joining sewing foot? Here it is in action again. This pattern uses a self-binding method I haven't done before. This method requires edge-stitching the binding down on the top of the napkin. With the guide of my edge joining foot, it is reasonably simple to achieve a very straight seam right next to the binding edge. The foot is designed such that you can position the needle in any position on either side of the guide providing a lot of flexibility in how close you choose to stitch to the edge of the fabric (or binding in this case).
Look at that edge-stitching! I'd love to take full credit, but there is no way I'd get seams that straight without this sewing foot.
I struggled just a bit with the corners. They kept shifting on me as I attempted to stitch the binding. After the first napkin, I used just a drop of Liquid Stitch inside each mitered corner then secured the fabric in place with a binding clip while it dried. After the glue was dry, I was easily able to stitch the corners with minimal shifting. Liquid Stitch is one of my favorite cheater products.
Head over to Gen X Quilters to get more info about this pattern. The pattern is on sale this week for $7! It's a great pattern, and a perfect project for fairly new sewists.
Also, check out the other stops for the Patchwork Napkins Blog Hop!
Blog Hop Schedule
April 28: from blank pages
April 29: Freshly Pieced
April 30: Little Bluebell & Sukie
May 1: Me!
May 2: A Quilter's Table