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    Shrinking a Table runner

    My LQS is having a Thimbleberries Club challenge. Take a Thimbleberries pattern and use Thimbleberries fabric, shrink the pattern 50%. Here is what I made, the original table runner is 20"x48" and mine is 10"x24". I even shrunk the prairie points.

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    Adorable! Love that you had to shrink the pattern by 50%-great idea.

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    What a good challenge!
    Do they have you show both the original sized work, as well as the 50%?
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    it's great!!!!
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    Great job! Love the colors and design.
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    This is fantastic grammy Dwynn! You did the chalenge great justice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    What a good challenge!
    Do they have you show both the original sized work, as well as the 50%?
    Thank goodness, no I do not have to make the original size. whew I have to many other projects on the fire to add another one.
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    what a neat challenge its great!!!
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    Exciting challenge and you get an A+++
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    Awwww sew cute
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    Very pretty table runner. Good job.
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    Very pretty.

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    Just adorable, great job, thanks for sharing
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    Great job very cute.

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    I hate to ask dumb questions but how did you shrink the pattern? I think many table runners are too long for my table and I wish I could shrink them down. Did you use some kind of formula? Sure would love to know the secret. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4 View Post
    I hate to ask dumb questions but how did you shrink the pattern? I think many table runners are too long for my table and I wish I could shrink them down. Did you use some kind of formula? Sure would love to know the secret. :-)
    How to explain, you divide the 'finish' size by 2, is the base explanation. Let's say the patterns says to cut a 4.5" square, the 'finished' square is 4" ~ 4" divided by 2 = 2" finished. The easiest way that I help my friend understand the cutting part, is that you need to set aside the seam allowances. example ~ 3.5" set aside .5", divide 3"=1.5", then add back seam allowance, .5", so the 50% cut would be 2" ; a 2.5"x4.5" rectangle would be cut 1.5"x2.5". I hope that explains it so it is understandable.

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    This is so cute. You did a fabulous job with this; love the pattern. Wonderful tablerunner. Thank you for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    How to explain, you divide the 'finish' size by 2, is the base explanation. Let's say the patterns says to cut a 4.5" square, the 'finished' square is 4" ~ 4" divided by 2 = 2" finished. The easiest way that I help my friend understand the cutting part, is that you need to set aside the seam allowances. example ~ 3.5" set aside .5", divide 3"=1.5", then add back seam allowance, .5", so the 50% cut would be 2" ; a 2.5"x4.5" rectangle would be cut 1.5"x2.5". I hope that explains it so it is understandable. Once I got it, it was the light-bulb moment.
    Thanks so very much. I think the seam allowance thing is what would throw me off. Your way makes it very easy and I am going to give it a try with a runner kit that has been sitting on my shelf for a year. I should be able to make two out of one kit. You are an angel. Thanks again!
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    It really turned out nice. You did a great job on it.

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    That is so cute!

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    That is beautiful. Don't know how to shrink patterns. Mines never turn out even.

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    What fun and yours came out great!! Would love to see pics of some of the things others in your group make for this challenge.
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    Very pretty!
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    You did a wonderful job with proportion.

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    Very, very cute.

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