I started my finish, a Christmas runner, back in March while I was prepping for my first quilt retreat (see the post “Transformation Complete: I’ve Become My Mother”). I don’t do much seasonal sewing, but I have a weakness for Christmas decorations and Christmas fabric. I dug through my scraps for this project, a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop, and homed in on some vintage-inspired Christmas designs. I then paired them with some not-so-Christmassy greens and some reds that border on coral, and pulled everything together with a white-on-white cross-hatch from Carolyn Friedlander.
Eep! I love this runner—it is staying at my house! I’m crazy about the fabrics, the size (the project is a generous 60 inches in length), and the quilting. I’ve been playing with free-motion quilting lately, but my heart belongs to the simple straight-line quilting I used here: randomly spaced horizontal and vertical lines.
A note on the pattern: This is an easy project and appropriate for beginners. That said, I can’t tell you how many times I had to rip out stitches because I assembled the pieces incorrectly. Perhaps it was the hours of continuous sewing I did at that retreat. Perhaps it was my halfhearted system of labeling the runner pieces. Just take your time, refer to the pattern pictures, and label the components—you’ll be fine.
Linking up to Let’s Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Finish It Up Friday, and Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew ...
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