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Spring Vine Table Runner


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I’ve been having a lot of fun over on Threadbias stitching along with the Pretty in Patchwork Holidays group. This month our project was to create this sweet little table runner. I decided to use spring-like fabrics from the Oasis collection by 3 Sisters for Moda (which was conveniently in my stash). I also pulled out some Kona solids:  Melon, Mushroom and Snow.

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This was my first time doing curved piecing. I followed this tutorial and it ended up being fairly simple to stitch the little petal blocks.

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I decided to break up the “pinkness” of the project by adding a 2.5″ white border along the long edges – and I think that decision was the right one. I bound this runner with a little of the pink flowers on white.

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Normally I would have free motion quilted a small project like this one, but because my thumb has been sore, I decided to I use my walking foot, lengthen the stitch length to 3.3 and trace around the petals three times, then around the entire “vine” as well. I did straight line stitching on the stem and along the long sides.

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My back is pieced because I did not have enough of the backing fabric for the whole project – I used a little of the yellow fabric along the long edges and a strip of the blue fabric across the middle.

This little runner measures 38″ X 18″ and it is reminding me that even though the temperatures are chilly, Spring is in the air!

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7 Comments

  1. March 25, 2013    

    It came out wonderful, Wendy! I love the applique pattern you used!

  2. March 26, 2013    

    It’s lovely, and the quilting looks really nice. I particularly like the way you included the border, so you saying that was an addition, great addition!

  3. March 26, 2013    

    What a pretty runner! I love 3 Sisters fabrics, they are so pretty all quilted up and crinkly! Believing with you that Spring IS in the air….despite the temperatures!!

  4. March 26, 2013    

    I LOVE this!! You make some of the most gorgeous stuff! I so want to learn how to do this one day!

  5. Barbara Ward's Gravatar Barbara Ward
    March 26, 2013    

    Dfinitely ery “springy” and pretty!

  6. March 26, 2013    

    This is gorgeous! You are so talented.

    I visited somewhere today that you would love. Our Tennessee State Museum has an antique quilts room as an exhibit and they are so gorgeous. If you’re ever in Nashville, you should definitely check it out. You really would love it!

  7. March 26, 2013    

    Me again! I wanted to ask you, is it difficult to learn how to quilt? I’m thinking of trying it out. Are there any books you would recommend for a beginner?

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