Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Stepping Stones Table Runners
It's high time I showed you a few completed sewing projects (just in case you think I've been slacking.) These two runners are done from the same pattern, Stepping Stones Table Runner by midcoast cottage design. I cannot say I've been bitten by the "modern quilting" bug but I did like this pattern. It has a somewhat modern look to it, I think. It's about as modern as you'll see from this ole traditional gal. I will include these with other samples for my machine quilting classes; I think students find it helpful to see the same project quilted in different ways. I know I do; many of us struggle with how to quilt something, ie. what type of design to use. The runner at 15" x 54" is a bit too big for my kitchen table but it fits well on the dining room table.
The pattern required 1 yard for the background and binding, but with some very careful planning and using more pieces from the charm pack, I pieced a section of the back and had enough for background, binding AND the backing by purchasing 1.25 yards. Whew! It was a squeaker though, almost nothing left over!
The second one was done with batiks from my stash in autumn tones of greens, golds and burgundies. The colour of the background is a soft gold, a little hard to tell in these photos. It wasn't great lighting today...
Again I pieced a section of the backing (makes it a little more interesting anyway, don'cha think?) and it was quilted with simple straight lines in a 30 wt. Sulky Blendable thread, colour 4044 - "Butterscotch." I like both runners, but I think I prefer this one. I do love me some luscious batiks....
Gather the threads of your life... and stitch them into joy!