November 6, 2015

A Picnic table runner

I made an online purchase of a few small cuts of Melody Miller's Picnic from Cotton + Steel, with a general idea for a table runner and some place mats.   When it arrived, the scale of the prints was not what I anticipated (although I knew to expect surprises).  As a result, I came up with a different plan, featuring the red apples and some fussy-cut picnic baskets.  I paper-pieced strips of 1x2 flying geese to use as sashing.

I quilted straight lines in the setting triangles using a ruler and a new Westalee ruler foot.

For the apples, I used free-motion to outline the design.  I filled in around the flying geese with tight back-and-forth stitching, hoping to avoid ditch stitching around all those little geese.  But I felt it still needed the stitching around them.  I went back and added it with FMQ and red thread (no ruler).

Instead of my usual label, I used the selvages to create a label:

I still want to make some coordinating place mats, but I don't have a design in mind yet.  In the meantime, I've purchased even more of these fabrics with definite plans for a twin-size quilt.

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts for Finish It Up Friday.