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Spin Off is made up of easy to sew circles. The large circle is made up of two colors of fabric, one color for the front another color for the back. The fabric used for the back of the circle shows up on the front when the circle is folded. I call these the petals. The third color is the smaller circle giving it a fun dotty look.
- Runner size: 16 ½” x 30 ½”
- Placemat: 11 ½” x 16 ¼”
A story about this pattern
Way back when, in about the spring of 2009, I wrote the pattern for Spin Off, a table runner and placemat set. At the time, I was just beginning my pattern writing career.
That same year I was at a trade show in Pittsburgh, my very first with a booth of my own, a place I could show shops and distributors the quilt, bag and table decor patterns I had created. I took along some friends to help me set up my booth. Soon all was in readiness for opening day.
I was in the convention centre early that first day, well before the doors opened to buyers. The hour before the show opens is the time when everybody who works the show gets the chance to scurry around to check out all the quilting eye candy in the many carefully arranged booths.
For me, it was also a wonderful opportunity to gaze at other designers’ work and to spot celebrity quilters like Nancy Zieman, Amy Butler, Eleanor Burns, Alex Anderson, and more.
On one of those mornings, I spotted Mark Lipinski , the Editor of Quilter’s Home magazine, coming down the aisle followed by a dozen excited fans. He was definitely the man getting attention that morning. And, surprise, he stopped and noticed one of my runners. At the time Mark was very into curves and challenging himself to do curved piecing. I think he’s always been drawn to things that didn’t have that ‘same old’ look. That’s why he noticed the Spin Off table runner.
Later that year my runner was centrally featured in an article about a variety of runners in his magazine. In the attached article Mark suggested that any of the featured runners would be a good way to try out new designers’ patterns to see if you liked their style.
I’d suggest you follow Mark’s advice and give this nifty pattern a try using my free video. I hope you like my style!