|Festivities table runner|
It's a little difficult to see the quilting motifs because of the whole black thread on black fabric thing, but I tried as best I could to show the quilting. It actually has a lot of sparkle in person.
I quilted a half inch grid as a filler. Because I free-motion quilted the grid, I marked it first using a yellow Sewline pencil. It probably took as long to mark the grid as it did to quilt it!
I used a double layer of batting underneath the Dresden plates, so they have a bit of extra poof to them. If I did it again, I'd probably just put a double layer in the entire quilt. It would give the other quilting a little more pop as well.
Funny thing though, I was so optimistic when I started this project that I would finish it quickly that I made the label ahead of time. Fast forward a couple of years and I now think I've learned that I should probably leave the date off until I've actually finished the quilt - no matter how optimistic I feel! (In case you can't read it, the label says Fall 2011.)
I'm intending for this to be my Christmas table runner; however, it doesn't scream Christmas so I think I can use it all winter long. I'm not going to leave it out on the table though for 2 reasons: (1) my cats would think it was both a toy and a binkie and I could see it ending up on the floor, and (2) it has a black background and for some reason, ALL of my cats shed white. The black background probably wasn't the best planning on my part, but I thought it would set off the Dresden plates so well (and I think it does). I'm just going to have to pull this out for special occasions and lock them away!
Here's a summary (so I don't forget in the future):
- Size: 19" x 53"
- Fabric: Nature's Gift by Deb Strain, Bella Solid Black
- Batting: Warm & White (should have used the Natural!)
- Thread: Madiera Metallic for the quilting
- Pattern: I made it up.
I'm already working on quilting the Dresden wall hanging, but it's slower going. In part because it's a much larger quilt, but also because I'm not finding a lot of time to work on it. Too many other projects/tasks are requiring my focus right now. But at least it's seeing forward momentum. Finishing both of these quilts would mean 2 UFO's off my list (and many, many more remaining).