Dec 01 11
Welcome to the 2011 Christmas Quilt Show, coordinated by Darlene of the Sew Cal Gal blog! If you haven’t already been following this wonderful collection of Christmas and/or winter based-projects, you need to start hopping to all the different blogs that are participating in this show! Not only will you find loads of inspiration for making your own projects, but you can also win all kinds of great prizes. Make sure to head back to the Sew Cal Gal blog here to find out just what you need to do to participate!
I am blogging about a quickie Christmas table runner, shown below:
…and here’s another version of the same tablerunner done in some different batiks:
The intricate shapes in the tablerunner make it look like it would be tough to do, but it actually went pretty fast because I cut all the applique shapes using my Sizzix machine. This used 2 different Sizzix dies, #655222 and #656187, and you can see them below:
The flourishes are so delicate that I was worried about adding much thread work to them to finish the edges, so I stitched just inside their edges using Invisifil thread, which is super lightweight as you can see below:
I finished the edges of the flower petals using the EKG edge finishing design. I like to use a contrasting thread to make things a bit more interesting:
…and I quilted the background using a simple loop-d-loop quilting design. You can find a line drawing of that quilting design and many other quilting designs on my web site here.
What’s nice about this quickie project is that you can easily alter the “theme” of the tablerunner by swapping the fabrics into a different colorway. Here’s the same tablerunner stitched a few months later in “springtime” colors:
If you’d like to see that last tablerunner as it was being fused up, here’s a video that shows it being put together as the pieces were cut on my Sizzix machine and then arranged/fused to the background fabric: