But early this week I did finish a winter-themed table runner for our coffee table.
It's a pattern, fabric included, I ordered from Connecting Threads. I altered it a bit as the size was too big for my space and also substituted one fabric I had in my stash for one they included which I didn't like.
I machine quilted the runner (thought the quilting would show up more on this close-up, but it doesn't) and the three snowflakes were machine appliqued. Ha, the most time consuming part of the whole project was cutting out the snowflakes!
This close-up shows the true colors of it more than the first picture which makes the background look gray. It's machine pieced and hand quilted. I got the idea for it from a piece in one of Kim Diehl's books, and chose the Sawtooth Star block for each of the six 4" blocks. I used all reproduction prints from my stash.
Two small projects done and completed! Now I'm determined to finish a full-sized quilt I started quite a while ago. The blocks are fairly complicated to construct, then they're sewn into strips, and lastly the strips are sewn together to complete the top.
When I first started this quilt (just how long ago was that?), I had the first half done and hanging on my design wall when I noticed (eeeek!) I had put one 16" block, made up of four 8" blocks (each of the 8" blocks made up of a multitude of smaller pieces) in upside down. Was it near the end of a row? Was it in the first row on the top? Was it on the last row I had joined? Nope. It was right in the middle which entailed lots of careful ripping out and then the patience of Job stitching it back in right side up. How could I have not noticed that? Arrrgh.
I did make myself do the work of fixing it, but then was so disgruntled with it that I packed it away and didn't look at it until a couple of days ago.
Fortunately, I've kinda sorta forgotten how much work it was to rectify my
Believe me, I'm carefully scrutinizing my work (more than once) with each and every step now. Don't want to have two really bad oopsies in the same quilt!