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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Whispering Pines ~ Table Runner

Hi sweet friends!

It's a grand new day ~ it's a new year, {not to mention a new day!}  And... another finish ~ Yay!  This is 'Finish Number Three' of eight of the pieced "misfit" blocks I've made into tablerunner quilts lately.  {tomorrow I will show you finish #4 ~ my personal favorite so far!}

As you can see, it's VERY simple quilting... I kept it neutral for the first motif, using variegated tans/browns, and then went back for the second highlight with a touch of variegated green for some spark and color, and to {hopefully} coordinate with that woodsy, botannical look. Both of these threads are from Superior Threads, in their "Rainbows" line of 100% polyester, tri-lobal thread.
I kept it pretty open, and again, quite simplistic, with a 'loop-d-loo' type of quilting motif in the outside border.
And then, I decided to finish the outer edges with a feather motif.  A bit of a challenge... I'm out of practice!  And this is one motif, that for me, takes more time.  It's not a 'quick-as-a-bunny' quilting motif, for the most part.
 I left the middle of these feathers 'open' or 'plain' as I would describe them.  I just felt it would be too crowded, and overwhelm the simplicity of this piece... I may have made the wrong decision there... I'm still not sure... but I think I'll probably leave it alone.

Overall, I'm happy with this finish.  I like how it looks on the dining room table, & out of my 'misfit island' pile.  I've also decided to list it in my Etsy shop, too, as I have done with the previous one's I've finished.
I think this piece would be great for 'after Christmas' home decor, {as I've done here} arranged with a simple {faux} evergreen tree, and a few candles, or so.  After all... Christmas is never... really... over!
 And I've added more free motion couching onto a couple other runners I've put together... waiting further inspiration.  In case anyone is wondering... I have written, and posted several tutorials about the Bernina #43 free motion couching foot.  Just click on the word "tutorial", or you can also use the search box function on the blog, which you will find on the right hand side column.  I've tried to be intentional about listing labels, or tags, so if you type in "Bernina #43" you should see pop up on your screen, all the posts that relate to this beautiful tool!  {there's alot - I'm warning ya}.  It's one of my favorite techniques to teach, too!!  I always do my best to answer questions, too.  But let me say, briefly{!} that I know of no other machine manufacturer, that makes a free motion couching foot, so incredibly seamless and easy to use.  They do make them, however, so please check with your dealer, or machine website to see if one is offered for your brand of machine, if you have something other than a Bernina.

EnJOY ~ ALL... the possibilities with each new day! 


elle said...

Morning, Les! Gosh this new year has me galloping along already. It is gonna be the year of the tutorials I think so I'll be using your tutorial option lots. Happy happy, though breathless, jump into this creative year! I'm all inspired and ready to play! Blessings to you!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your table runners are so beautiful!! So creative!

HollyM said...

How pretty these are ! And so satisfying to use up stray blocks. I'm going to check out your tutorial even though I don't have a foot like that.

Barb said...

Okay - no fair! Your couching is so pretty that now I want a Bernina. :<(

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