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.
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!!
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.
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!
All in all, a wonderful finish, and I still have time to wrap it before I gift it next month - YAY!!
This also qualifies as a finish in my fourth Quarter goal Finish Along over at the Littlest Thistle.
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!
A very sentimental Mom asked me to make a bed-sized quilt from her children's baby clothes, and this is going to be one beautiful memory quilt!