This week I’m linking up with Alyce over at Blossom Heart quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday. I had a few finishes , but thought this free motion quilted table runner in asian fabric was appropriate in light of Alyce moving home to Australia after her time in Japan. This table runner pattern is an oldie but goody. It is the Braid Runner “quilt as you go” pattern by GE Designs . If you are not familiar with Ge Designs check them out- they have a lot of quilt as you go projects as well as other quilt patterns. This table runner makes a great gift and is a good stash buster. I still have a pile of beautiful Holiday Flourish fabric by Robert Kaufman which may find it’s way onto family’s tables as a quick and easy project using this pattern. You can free motion quilt the runners if you desire or you quilt as you go and call it a day- your choice ( or more to the point..which family members are going to eat spaghetti off of it??!! lol)
I have always loved this fabric and was it hanging out in my stash for years. It is Flight of the Dancing Cranes designed by Ro Gregg for Northcott fabrics. One of the great things about the quilt as you go method for this runner is when the construction of the runner is finished , I don’t have to stitch in the ditch- I was good to start FMQ (SID is imho, the boring,but necessary part). I decided to do curved cross hatching in the center block and then do ginkgo leaves, swirls and berries that was inspired from Bethanne Nemesh’s class If You Can Feather You Can Freehand.
As usual I doodled my quilting pattern until I was fairly comfortable with where I was going, getting in a rhythm with the flow of the pattern.
I quilted this piece with Superiors Bottom Line 60 wt thread in the top and bobbin.
I have noticed a change in the way I look at and buy fabric since I have started this free motion quilting journey. I used to walk into a fabric store and it was all about the fabric. Pretty patterns, pretty colors, pretty, pretty fabric! I have realized that I like a focus fabric, but I also like fabrics that read as a solid to show the texture and movement of my quilting and give my eyes a place to rest.
There is a couple ways to look at this project with this fabric. One is that the lovely fabric provided a great opportunity to play and practice your free motion quilting skills without every little hiccup being obvious (which is a really nice way to practice while using up some of your stash :)). The second is , if you really wanted to showcase your quilting, busy fabric is not the way to go. This runner could be done in solids and my quilting would have been more noticeable …..but then this pretty fabric would have still been hanging out in my stash waiting for its day to come…
Now onto Sew Cute Tuesday….What do you guys have to share??
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