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Christmas table runner finished, ta da!

Happy, happy, happy, that’s me! I’ve finally crossed this table runner off my quilting ‘to finish’ list! And for once in my life I can see past the many imperfections and just love it.

Patchwork and quilted Christmas table runner designed by Stephanie Boon © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

My table runner photographed by my son!

As I mentioned previously I got a bit carried away with the hand quilting. The more stitching you do the better the layers will be held together of course (so it will be more durable), but it doesn’t matter so much on a small piece like this; what I really love about the ‘extra’ quilting is the texture it creates and the way you can create secondary patterns in the negative space (like the small circles and outer peels).

Patchwork and quilted Christmas table runner designed by Stephanie Boon © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Orange Peel applique and flying geese borders

It’s got a nice scrappy feel to it too. There are lots of different green fabrics in the borders, but the red star fabric gives it unity. The mini stars and the red floral fabric in the centre peels and cornerstones are from a Tilda fabric collection which you can buy online from my friend Sally at Coast and Country Crafts (she stocks a huge selection), but I’m not sure where the green peel fabric is from, it was just an odd fat quarter I picked up somewhere, as you do!

Patchwork and quilted Christmas table runner designed by Stephanie Boon © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Needle turn appliqué heart on a Tilda fabric

It’s been very therapeutic stitching this and when I look at it I see a journey from ill health and zero concentration to ‘getting better with a modicum of concentration returning’, haha!  And next time I stitch some flying geese…well maybe I won’t lop off so many points in the binding! (Not that it’s as bad as that makes it sound.)

Patchwork and quilted Christmas table runner designed by Stephanie Boon © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Hand quilting shown on the plain red background on the reverse

Finally I sewed on a little quilt label that I embroidered last year, when I thought I would actually finish it in time for Christmas 2013!!!  You can download a free pdf version of this gingerbread man label for your own quilts here – don’t forget to change the date though!

Patchwork and quilted Christmas table runner designed by Stephanie Boon © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Gingerbread man quilt label

Until next time, happy sewing!

 

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4 replies
  1. Ann
    Ann says:

    The table runner is lovely, your quilting is delicious and the gingerbread label is the cutest thing I’ve seen. I always run out of energy by “labelling time” but I’ll have to remember yours next time I want to slack off!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Aaaaw, thank you Paula! I was having a browse around your site the other day (again!) and couldn’t help smiling at your first hand quilting – you should’ve see mine 😀 Sure good to know that practice brings big improvements (if not perfection!)!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh Ann I love making the labels, it’s like a final goodbye to an old friend when I’ve spent so long on something! My least favourite bit of quilting a big project is the basting, as I’m remembering now!

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