Monday, January 05, 2009

A Day (week) Late & a Dollar Short...

...as the saying goes. Leave it to me to decide I want a Christmas table runner on December 30! Anyhow, I saw this one and thought it looked too simple to pass up. Only, she did a simpler quilting scheme, which just so happens to lay flat! So often I am left at the end of a project, scratching my head, asking myself "what was I thinking?"!
I just thought that a large all-over stipple was too boring. Go figure! I did a stipple on the inner diamonds (on colored part of squares), used a walking stitch white to outline the diamonds, and then did a swirly pattern in white rayon on the white border. My walking foot is starting to crap out on my, which makes me a tad irate. My regular foot leaves fewer puckers than the walker did!!
Because the binding has a touch of gold, I tried to do this decorative leaf stitch in the metallic gold thread. It looked AWESOME!! Only problem is that the stinking thread broke too often. I had to rip it all out and opted to redo it in red and greens.
The decorative stitches do add a nice touch. Hopefully washing and setting it on table will help it to lay flat (or perhaps it will just make the red bleed onto the white...!).


7 comments:

Kathy said...

The tablerunner looks great! I love those decorative stitches you added -- nice touch. The quilting is great too. Really good job.

Desiree said...

How cute!
I've been drawing a bunch of miniature Christmas quilts in the last couple days. Figure I'll work on them this year and will have them for Christmas next year. A table runner is also on my list. Way to go, the quilting is GREAT!

Vicki W said...

This looks great and I love the decorative stitching! It's a very nice touch.

miniaturequilter said...

I think the best part is the quilting and embroidery stitches, even if they have caused it not to lie flat. There is always some little centerpiece that can be stratigically placed if washing doesn't work!

lil said...

Margaret, I love this, so simple but beautiful

and the decorative stitches, what a neat idea

Exuberant Color said...

Just steam press it from the back and that will even out all of the quilting and it will lay flat.

Emma said...

I love it! The decorative stitches are the perfect touch, I'll have to remember to do it again myself sometime!