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Friday, August 2, 2019

A Friday Finish

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?


Sheryl said...

Hi Jenny wow your Xmas runner looks fantastic I love this pattern and I love that you did stitcheries instead of aplique ,well done on your beautiful finish xx

Julierose said...

Stunning finish on this Christmas runner, Jenny ;))) I just love it..Won't it be fun pulling it out for the Holidays? Nice work
P.S. Free motion is mis-named--it should be called:
"stressful-motion"..at least for me ;000 hugs, Julierose

Karen S said...

This is a great finish. It looks delightful on the table. And lovely work with the free motion stitching.

Judith nb Serena said...

Well done on a beautiful finish. It's a lovely feeling when you finally finish any project. Look forward to seeing your next roll of the dice.
Judith nb Serena

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

well it is good that you take on free motion even though you don't like doing it - I don't like doing it so I don't do it! Yours turned out very well I think

Tired Teacher said...

Well done! I think your free motion quilting in the embroidered blocks looks wonderful.

Janice said...

Beautiful! It fits your coffee table perfectly. Hand stitching down binding is so relaxing, isn’t it. I’m not game to do any FMQ on my projects, despite having been to classes. I need heaps more practice on scraps.

Rose Marie said...

It's lovely and you did very well on the FMQ!

Maria said...

Looks fantastic !!!!
Always good to use up our fabrics..
Hmm!! would be funny if it;s 6 again....