This mini log cabin table runner is the same size as the ones I showed yesterday that were made with Christmas fabrics. Once again you can see the free-motion feather design and I have the feather template for you to download.
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Many of you let me know that you would like a template of the feather design that I free-motion quilted on the mini log cabin table runner so I drew one up using my RocketBook which is a reusable notebook that you draw/write in with a Frixon pen. This is the same type of pen that I use to mark the vein in the feather design using a lighter color Frixon pen .
Then you can snap a photo with your phone and send it to DropBox, Google Drive, your email or other places. I bought one for my grandson who loves to draw. You just use a damp cloth to erase a page.
Bigger Log Cabin Table Runner
12″ x 22″
Looking for a little bigger log cabin table runner with a free-motion feather design? These are made with the same size strips (1½”) as I used in the log cabin mini table runners.
I added one more row to each log cabin block, sewed two blocks together and then added a 1½” border around the tablerunner. Your blocks will be 9½” before adding the borders.
Add two extra strips to each block.
- one – 1½” x 8½”
- one – 1½” x 9½”
This is the same free-motion feather design that I used on the mini table runners made with the Christmas batiks.
I like to stitch the vein first starting at the top and ending at the bottom where I will start stitching my first feather.
- This diagram shows the way to stitch the feathers.
- Start at the bottom and follow the arrows.
- You will back-stitch every other feather.
- Practice on paper first.
I thought you might like to see the way I drew it in my RocketBook before I cleaned up the image a little. This will give you a better idea of how I back-stitched every other feather. The little X at the bottom is what tells RocketBook to send this to my DropBox account.
Outlined Free-motion Feather
A different style of free-motion feather
The free-motion feather on this table runner is a little different. Each feather has space around it so I didn’t have to re-stitch over any of them. I just stitched a feather, stitched the vein in the center and then moved up the vein to the next feather.
When I had the feather all stitched, I went back and outlined the entire design.
As I was finishing this post I realized that some of you might want the template of the outlined feathers so I quickly drew it. It isn’t fancy, in fact I didn’t pay attention and the left side (which I do last) doesn’t even match the right side.
Draw the vein and then the feather first, then you can outline everything. Adding the little lines in the feathers is optional.
Practice making feathers
If you want to learn how to free-motion feathers, you’ll want to practice and practice. It is best to print off several of the templates and then trace over them with a pencil so you learn how to move.
Next place an old needle in your sewing machine (because paper will make it dull), and practice the design on the paper. Keep doing this until you are comfortable.
Then trace the design on fabric and make your feathers. Don’t worry about perfection, just have fun! I would love to see your project when finished!
The templates are also included now in the Log Cabin Mini Table Runner pdf. I just sent a email to everyone who has already downloaded it so you can download it again.
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