Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fresh Floral Contemporary Table Runner

I don't consider myself a pro in the sewing world.  Far from it.  I believe I've gained a lot of knowledge and ability through trying many different kinds of projects and through quite a bit of trial and error.  I've definitely gotten better over the years . . . I can see that when I look back at some of my older projects compared to the more recent.  For sure.

The thing is, sometimes . . . even though I KNOW I'm not a pro or whatever, I still eye up a pattern and think "easy!" and then proceed to make stupid mistakes on it . . .  with the utmost confidence that I'm making *no errors at all*.  It makes for a frustrating "finish" when I turn the whole project right side out and see the silly mistakes that I made.  Blargh.

Anyway, though I don't have pictures of the mistakes I made on this project (that I tried my best to take apart and fix, though at least a bit of the damage couldn't be undone), it is now done and ready for gifting.

Fresh Flowers Contemporary Table Runner
The only fabric repeated in this pattern are those 2 orange squares on each end.  My mother-in-law lived in Latin America for many years and LOVES color.  :)

I made this little runner for my mother-in-law for her birthday which is next week.  I was able to use 2 of my previous *wins* to make this project come together . . . namely the Deb Strain Fresh Flowers layer cake I won from Fabric Donkey a few SMS giveaway days ago and my copy of 101 Patchwork Projects (which I won from somewhere, but cannot for the life of me recall).  The pattern called "Contemporary Table Runner" was written by Vivica Hansen DeNegre and is a great project to use if you want to show off a lot of different little bits of fabric.  :)
Fresh Flowers Contemporary Table Runner Stitch Detail
You can see a bit the transition from green to white in the stitching . . . I really like using variegated thread sometimes.

Something I added to the pattern was some decorative stitching around all the borders using some Sulky variegated thread (kind of a green to white with a bit of sheen to it).  I used some Kona Tomato for the backing that was sitting in my stash.  One thing that didn't show up as well as I had hoped was some yellow variegated thread (from Coats . . . no sheen . . . nuts) that I used for the top stitching of all of the x's.  It just doesn't stand out particularly well . . . makes me wish I had used the Sulky for that part as well so the whole thing had shine on it, but oh well.  I'm still pretty pleased with the results.
Fresh Flowers Contemporary Table Runner Close Up
You can *sort of* see the sheen in the thread in this picture . . . it shows up a bit better in real life.
Other than the Coats thread I picked up for the topstitching, this was a total stashbuster project which feels AMAZING.  I even had the perfect sized piece of batting left over from the quilt I made for Kee-ku way back when to give the runner a bit of heft.  Hurray!

Any finishes for you yet this year?  I'm about 70% done with a Christmas decor project that I never got around to making last year that WILL be finished to hang up in 2012.  I'm on a mission!

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Kathy January 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM  

Beautiful job Skooks, and I especially love the decorative top-stitching, variegated thread is my favorite. Yep, your M-i-L should be very pleased indeed. Always a good feeling to finish a project. Will send you pics of my latest project - think you'll like it.

♥Duff January 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM  

oh man, spring cannot get here fast enough for me!!! thanks for the preview!

FabricDonkey January 18, 2012 at 11:46 PM  

That looks absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful use of Fresh Flowers! The decorative top stitching with the variegated thread just pulls it all together.

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