I’m so darned excited to talk about this! Back in June I finished up two projects for Quilting Arts Gifts. Last month an e-mail from Pokey Bolton surprised me with the news the table runner would be on the cover. Whoa. Other people have their projects on the covers of magazines, not me. That news was completely unexpected and a true delight. It still feels weird to look at it and see my stitches. I’m feeling extremely thankful right now.
Talk about a project packed issue, this is a one-stop, holiday-crafting inspiration station. It will be available on the newsstand September 16 or you can order directly from Quilting Arts. Click on the table of contents link to see all the fabulous ideas. I’ll talk about the mini tins in a separate post.
I’m really proud of the table runner pattern. A simple piecing formula combined with fun fabrics and fused snowflakes. A quickie project using fat quarters. The snow flake templates are included in the article too. I’ve put together fabric packs in the shop if you want to re-create the version in the magazine, or if you just want to know which fabrics I used you can see that too.
As I was processing pics for this post I came across images of previous iterations. I often take digital pictures of my work in process. I find looking at the image on the computer screen is useful for identifying the good, the bad and the ugly.
I thought you might like seeing where I started and ended. Here’s version 1 and 2:
The design began with more pieces in the mixing bowl. Gosh that first one is LOUD. Pulling back it seemed a little boring. Time for a different mix:
Vintage fabrics out. Fun, bright, matchy-matchy holiday prints in. I truly LOVED that large disco dot fabric but it wasn’t happy sharing the stage once the snow flakes went on so it was out.
The addition of the Kona cottons into the piecing was also driven by the snow flakes. They needed some solid relief to stand out. Final version:
Another interesting thing that shows in these pictures is the difference between the Kona cotton reds. I absolutely adore Chinese Red. You can see it in the first two photos. As I noodled over the colors I finally came to terms with the fact my beloved favorite color was dragging down the whole project. Enter a new love: Tomato. It’s a subtle difference but amazingly powerful. I think it makes the final version pop like a good table runner should.
The snow flakes are fused on. I added simple embroidery around the outlines to add movement. I cut the peppermint stripe on the bias because it made me think of candy canes. The final size of the runner is 13″ x 40″.
I’m getting excited about Christmas just talking about it!