Christmas table runner…in May!

I don’t really want to mention the ‘C’ word at this time of year, but you may remember that towards the end of last year I began making some Christmas table runners to give as gifts – you can read a bit about them here. One of them was meant as a gift for myself!  And as usual it wasn’t finished in time. It’s been pinned to the pin-board beside my sewing machine for the last five months, looking at me wanly and inducing waves of guilt!

Flying geese patchwork table runner in progress. © Stephanie Boon 2014. www.dawnchorusstuido.com

Christmas table runner

I just wanted a simple table runner to put on the coffee table to add a bit of festive cheer when I reached for my mulled wine and mince pies! But once I’d finished making gifts for everyone else I ran out of steam and it became another statistic on the ‘to finish list’. Until yesterday. I suddenly had the urge to finally get those flying geese borders stitched together and was feeling a bit pleased with myself: another finished top, yay! Until this morning. When I noticed I’d done it wrong!

The keen eyed amongst you will notice that I need to do some unpicking – one of the short borders needs turning around. Not a massive job, and not even a pain in the bum really. It still feels good to have got it this far.

Flying geese patchwork in progress. © Stephanie Boon 2014. www.dawnchorusstuido.com

Flying geese and orange peel needle-turn appliqué

I plan to make a trip to my local fabric shop next week to pick up some wadding and backing fabric so I can start quilting it. I’m not planning anything grand, just some simple outlining by hand. It should only take a few days…in theory! (Famous last words!) I’m looking forward to it.

Flying geese patchwork in progress. © Stephanie Boon 2014. www.dawnchorusstuido.com

Flying geese patchwork borders

I had fun making the flying geese units this time. They’re not all perfect, but hey I’m going to have a table runner soon, not just a bit of cloth hanging from a pin on the wall! I used the simple method of making one unit at a time with a rectangle and two squares, so you don’t have to stitch across the bias. What’s your favourite method, especially for using up scraps like I did in this piece? There are so many different ways out there that you could experiment forever!

I hope to be back over the weekend with a another project I intended to finish late last year: a free pattern for a needle-turn appliqué mug rug, the fourth and final one in the series. Phew, I really seem to be getting back on it lately. So pleased about that!  Have a good week and look forward to catching up soon 🙂

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4 replies
  1. The Sassy Quilter
    The Sassy Quilter says:

    Well, look who is getting all Christmas-y! Haha, just kidding:) I love this runner and those flying geese are just perfect! I want to make an entire quilt of flying geese, but I just get tired thinking about it:) Beautiful!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Haha!!! Dangerous territory here, I just convinced myself it was ok because it was from last Christmas! It actually feels quite good to know that I’m going to have something finished in time, for a change! Might follow your lead and do a ‘Christmas in July’ this year 😀 x

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Ann 🙂 I was thinking about you today – I made a few ocean waves blocks and remembered that I must go back and look at your wonderful version for some inspiration! (I was using some fabric that was a bit stretchy too and thought “I bet Ann would know how to deal with this stuff!” Haha!!!)


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