Hi everyone! I have some bad news for all of us--summer is over. I know! I'm not happy about it either. How did that happen? I still have summer things to do! Around here, it's like someone has flipped a switch. All of a sudden the temps have fallen into the 60s and low 70s, and I got stuck behind a school bus this week. I hope fall lasts a long time, because we all know what comes next, right?
This week I finally quilted up a table runner that I made almost two years ago from some scraps left over from another project:
Yep, that's a fall-like picture! It's a little early for mums, but I think they're very festive. They certainly dress up the deck now that the geraniums have had it.
This table runner is based on Amanda Nyberg's pattern Bright Birch Trees. I used the bargello scraps as the trees (obviously) and then just pieced the blocks side by side instead of into a quilt. I think I managed to get 5 blocks plus a half block out of the scraps and I put them all into this runner.
This made for a pretty long runner! This finished at about 82 by 13, which is long and skinny but works great for my table:
I quilted this up using the walking foot and just echoing the lines of the "trees." Some of the lines crossed, but it turned out okay. There's only one little wrinkle in the quilting, and I think that's because I forgot to reverse directions when quilting the parallel lines. I didn't fuss over the wrinkle and I think it will disappear once I wash it a few times. Because it's so long, though, the quilting took a while. There were no threads to bury because all the lines went all the way across, so that was a nice bonus.
I finished this with a purple and gold batik for the machine binding. I do love binding it all by machine. Now that I've done it several times I've got the hang of it, and it goes so fast! You have to love it when binding doesn't take a lot of time. You still have to piece it together, but there's no hand stitching to eat up the hours.
So that was my big finish for the week! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and it does look good on the table. Good thing it turned out so long, huh?
Everyone have a great weekend. Florida friends, stay safe! We'll all be praying for Irma to make a sharp right turn and pass you by.
Sharing at Finished or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, crazymomquilts, and Oh, Scrap!.