Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Long Overdue Birthday Present...a Quilted Table Runner

I finally got busy and made this long overdue (Liz's birthday was in April) birthday gift.  Liz wanted a table runner to go with on a chest in her living room, to coordinate with the quilt I gave her for Christmas. 
 I had fabric leftovers from the quilt, but just hadn't gotten around to it...so here it is.  It is also my first attempt at machine quilting with my regular sewing machine (or any sewing machine for that matter). 
I cut 4 x 8" rectangles and pieced them 16 long...I trimmed the edges with a 2.5" border.  I made it reversible, just using 4.5" strips 3 wide on the back.  I used that quilters spray adhesive, which worked really well.  I didn't have a single pucker or any shifting of either the fabric or the cotton batting!  I was very impressed with it.
I used Civil War reproduction fabrics...I am quite enamoured with the prints and the era from which they come.
Then I used leftover pieces for the binding...in just a random pattern.
I love the binding the most...I am not too happy with the quilting, I called Mom to find out how she does it (after I finished the quilting of course) and she told me I should have had the feed dog down, which I didn't have!  So, the next time.....
And next time, I will also use a neutral thread (NOT WHITE) for the quilting.  I was so excited to be actually quilting in a meandering pattern that I didn't even think to change from the white thread I had used to piece the quilt...so anyway!  Life goes on...I just keep telling myself that it could looked worse!
I thought it turned out looking pretty good.  Liz will like it...

10 comments:

Pokey said...

This is nice! I like the fabrics and your strippy piecing on the back, too. The quilting is fine, we are always our hardest critics. Good finish!

Leslie said...

that is such a great gift...i am all about the table runner right now.

Cecily said...

Beautiful colors and fabrics - it turned out gorgeous.

Kristen said...

It turned out great! Quilters always see their results up close and worry too much. I love those reproduction prints.

Karen said...

Lovely table runner. It looks great.

Jill said...

Wow! Great job! the quilt looks fab! Thanks for linking up to A Round Tuit again!!

Have a great week

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Your runner is very pretty! I love the fabrics you used and I think you did a great job on the quilting. It's really cute!
Stopping by from The Girl Creative. :)

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I think it looks great! Love the fabrics! Thank you so much for sharing your runner with us at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Misty said...

Very cute! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Ashley said...

The runner looks great. thanks for linking up!