Hi. I'm celebrating my first finish of 2012! I started this table runner in September of 2011, just because I liked the fabrics. I had designed this runner on EQ7 last year, and had made a few in different colors. When I asked my sister-in-law what I could make for her for her Christmas/Birthday gift, she said she wanted a pretty, Spring colored runner that would make her happy when she saw it. So, I decided to finish it. I began quilting it with a lovely blue variagated thread, and realized I didn't like the look or the design. I showed it to her, and she liked it, so I took out the quilting and set it aside to ponder a new direction for the stitching.
Then this challenge began. SewCal Gal is sponsoring a Free Motion Quilting challenge. Each month, a well known quilter offers a lesson, and our challenge is to practice the lesson, and blog about it. There are prizes, but the real prize is the skills developed over the year. I looked at the Leaves design posted by Ms. January, Frances Moore, and immediately realized the design, in a thinner thread, would be a beautiful accent for the Blue and Yellow Ribbon runner.
Here's the finished runner.
Here are the first practice blocks I did for this challenge. This is using Superior King Tut (blue variagated) on the top, with Aurifil 50wt on the bottom. I had problems with breakage and tension at first, but changed the needle and it helped. I used scraps from backings and Warm & Natural batting. The test blocks could have been a little bigger, but...I used what I could quickly grab.
My third sample was actually doing it on the table runner. I love it! It came out really good. The design offers a great texture to the top, without distracting from the ribbon design of the blocks. The leaves are a variety of sizes, which I think adds to the texture, as well. Aurifil 50wt in white was the perfect thread, as expected. I'm happy.
Looks terrific! Thanks for also showing all your practice pieces!
Beautiful. The fabric is very pretty. I am sure your SIL is going to love it.
Mary this table runner is beautiful and your FMQ is fran-tastic! Great job! I love it!
really gorgeous! I like seeing the pattern in an all-over quilt to see the effect.
Nice job...I need to get on this!
your tablerunner is really beautiful!
Love your FMQ and runner!!
looks great! You're braver than I am. I'm not quite confident enough yet to try it on the real thing!
Great job on the challenge - but I love your runner! Very springy and cute pattern.
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