ALYOF November 2014 -Finish!!

So for two months, my goal was to quilt and bind this table runner kit that I bought during the Row by Row Experience this summer.

Pieced and appliqued - waiting to be quilted!

I really loved the design of this row pattern, and the kit had such beautiful metallic accented fabrics that I had to buy it! I knew it would make a fantastic Christmas gift - and since it was July, I'd be finished in lots of time for the festive season....

If only I can get as much done in real life as I imagine I can!!

quilting details around the tree applique

My first problem came when I began cutting the pieces - somehow I ended up with too little of the background fabric - I was ONE HST short for the pinwheels, and as you can see in the flimsy, I had to scrimp to piece together enough to just get the trees appliqued to each side.

OK, so it's not a deal-breaker! I found a close enough white on white to make up the HST, and some careful measuring and trimming made the trees just fit. For a time, I seriously considered downsizing the trees, but I made it work with the template given.

close-up of the appliqued jester stocking

I really love the jester stockings! I really wish I had found some of those tiny jingle bells to put on the toe - but then it'd be less practical as a table runner....

I have never used a fusible before, but I had some in a box from a well-intentioned relative - you know, the ones who say "you're crafty, you can use this!" I have no idea how old the product was, but even when I followed directions, it didn't really fuse. In the relative's defense, I'm sure I've stored this package for 8 years - in an unheated shed - and I live in Northern Ontario. I imagine the heat/cold extremes didn't help this poor product very much!

Over a few days this summer, I blanket stitched the edges and really really loved the look of that.

But I kept thinking that fusible stuff didn't really work, and my hand stitching isn't very close, and I want this to be used by someone (hopefully every year) on their table! So I made the decision to free-motion just inside the fabric edge while quilting. I'm not entirely pleased with how that looks - I probably should have changed to a nylon thread - but I am pleased that everything's secure.

I love this striped fabric from Connecting Threads! It has all the right tones for both the front and the back!

Awesome luck to have the perfect fabric for the back in my stash!

All in all, a wonderful finish, and I still have time to wrap it before I gift it next month - YAY!!

I was linked up as #55 with Fiber of All Sorts - November goal, and my goal post (it's a big football week, right:) is here. Also linking up to SewCalGal's Handmade Christmas Challenge.

This also qualifies as a finish in my fourth Quarter goal Finish Along over at the Littlest Thistle.

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