I’m glad I started these table runners earlier than I normally would – I’m already way behind with them due to illness! I feel like I haven’t had many interesting things to show you lately but as it’s WIP Wednesday I thought I could at least share how these are going.
I haven’t made myself or our home anything Christmassy for years and after seeing Paula The Sassy Quilter’s winning ‘table topper’ I was inspired to give it a go. As you know I love hand sewing, so doing needle-turn applique was high on my list of ‘must include’ techniques and I settled on the traditional orange peel design. I didn’t really register that Paula’s piece was based on this design too – hers looks so much more contemporary! Ahem, what’s that saying about things remaining in the deepest recesses of the mind?!
I’ve also wanted to make a table runner pattern for others to use for some time, so I thought I’d give this one a go trying it out in a few different styles to see if it could be viable…
Here’s a fusible web applique version underway. The ‘peels’ are simply fused and ironed in place then machine zigzagged down.
I’m hand quilting the centre panel, but have plans to straight line machine quilt the outer flying geese and borders.
The next version incorporates free machine applique and a bit of hand embroidery (I experimented with the flying geese and basically made them a bit too big so there was some ‘white space’ I thought I’d fill!).
I think it would make a nice pattern, what do you think? I have some concerns though…transferring the centre panel applique design for one. The peels aren’t placed on patchwork squares in the usual way as I wanted to keep the seams to a minimum, so I’ve got to work out a way of people being able to transfer the design easily. Folding and pressing the fabric into squares is probably the easiest way – I’ve been drawing on circles, but it’s not until you try these things out that you discover the most efficient method is it?! Well, in my case anyway! Also, is it getting a bit late for Christmas?! I could try another one in less festive colours for comparison!
Well, that’s me about up to date, what have you been up to? I’ve been finding it difficult to keep up with my favourite blogs for a while, but hopefully some new medication will kick in soon and things will get back on track chez DCS – been really missing you all.
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