Thursday, December 5, 2013
My Christmas Table Runner Revealed
It's beginning to look a little bit like Christmas here at the Reinkes.
This morning I finished my Christmas runner.
I wasn't sure what to do with the back of the runner. After a visit to my local quilt shop -- and a chat with Sue, the beginner quilting class instructor -- I decided to make it reversible.
My goal was to create a runner using only leftover fabric from my class project. All the blocks were pieced from said fabric. The only material I purchased for the runner are the pine cone fabric on the back and the binding.
Considering this is my first solo project, I'm content with the way it turned out. (I just hope no one looks too closely at my handiwork.) Would I do some things differently next time? Definitely. My seam ripper was my best friend as I worked on this, and I discovered that, unlike my instructor, I must use pins. Actually, I went a step further with the binding, and basted it before machine sewing it on to the back side. It made me feel more confident about tackling that sewing task. That being said, I learned a lot -- really -- and I know I'll improve with each project I complete.
Just for fun I took the long scraps leftover from my runner and made braided garland for our little tree. Very homespun, don't you think?
I'll be making another trip to the quilt shop this afternoon to buy fabric for my next project: sprocket pillows. Christmas presents for our grandchildren. (Shhh, don't tell them.)
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