Tuesday morning I pulled myself away from quilting S3’s quilt. I was getting a bit stressed and overwhelmed and decided I needed to do something holiday related. Hubby is home all week, so it was a good time to turn on some fun music and put up the Christmas tree.
We decided to do a little sweeping and dusting before bringing out all the decorations, so we were busy little bees for a bit. We listened to Christmas music for as long as we both could stand it and then switched to some 70’s tunes while hanging ornaments on our Christmas tree. All in all, a fun morning.
When we were putting everything away I decided the coffee table needed a festive table runner. I have been hoarding a charm pack of 25th and Pine for a while now, but today was the day to break that baby out and sew something fun!
It was so quick – I had the entire thing finished in about 2-1/2 hours. After laying out the squares in the pattern I wanted, I sewed them together in columns of three, then two columns together, etc. Wham, bam, top is done! I had this snowflake print in my stash from I’m not sure where but it makes the perfect backing.
I used two layers of Warm and Natural batting for a little extra loft for the quilting. The top is quilted with Superior Metallic thread, a variegated silver, red, green, and blue, and the bobbin thread is Superior Omni in Natural White. I made sure to use a bigger needle and slowed down a bit while quilting and the metallic thread worked like a dream. It gives the runner the perfect little bit of sparkle. You can see another project here that shows a better picture of the thread.
Here are some close-up shots of the fabrics in the charm pack:
You can see a bit of the thread in the middle, far left piece of fabric. And look at those sweet deer!
Binding was quick – I sewed it on by machine. I’ve only ever sewed binding by machine one other time. It is by no means a perfect job, but turned out much better than I expected. I can see why putting binding on by machine is an attractive option for some quilters.
Making this runner was a fun distraction and I love how fast it was. I hope you are having some fun finishes this week! 🙂
I’m excited to let you know I am now an affiliate for Connecting Threads and they are currently having an end of year fabric sale with fabrics marked 20-60% off. So, if you are in the mood to scoop up some great deals, I hope you’ll head on over to their website. I have already ordered and can’t wait to show you what I’ll be adding to my stash!