I’m so pleased that I’ve managed to get my Jingle (Christmas) Table Runner completed this week. With the straight line quilting completed earlier in the week, the next step was to do some FMQ in the stitchery panels. Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike doing this sort of machine quilting? Probably because I’m not very good at this free motion business and find it a strain to do. As you know, when we are up close and personal to our work we can see all the flaws, but now it’s finally completed, it doesn’t look too bad.
The binding was next and I found a piece of green and burgundy stripes fabric which toned in well. I’ve spent a very pleasant hour or so sitting at the dining table hand stitching it down. The winter sun was streaming in the window and even though the wind was getting up strong, it was nice and cozy inside.
Hand stitching the binding
Our Birman cat Gemma was keeping me company. She was curled up in the window, sprawled over the base of her scratching post, enjoying the filtered sunshine too. Here’s a photo from above, looking down at her.
Gemma is snoozing beside my chair
With the last stitch done, I laid it on the coffee table to see how it looked. There, I’m quite pleased with my finish. This is a Red Brolly design, and I changed the end blocks from applique to stitcheries.
Jingle Table Runner now completed
I used up a rather old piece of Christmas fabric on the back, so I’m pleased about that. Not quite big enough but that wasn’t really a problem. My taste in Christmas fabrics has moved over the years from the bright reds and greens to more muted burgundies and forest greens.
The pieced back
So that’s number 6 off my list all done and dusted. Wonder what number I’ll work on when I “roll the dice” again on Monday?