Happy new year!
For the first few blog posts of the new year, I’ll be playing a bit of catch-up. I sewed quite a few gifts this Christmas, and now that everything is with its new owners, I can share them here.
First up is the Christmas table runner I made for Annie of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. At the November meeting, those of who wanted to participate filled out a short survey as to what fabric we liked and what our ideal swap gift would be. I received Annie’s name, and she said she liked Cotton + Steel fabric and wanted a holiday table runner.
I got a bit of a slow start on the project, and I didn’t have time to order any fabric for the project. So I stopped by Sewn Studio to see what they had for Cotton + Steel. They had several fabrics from the line, but nothing looked remotely Christmasy.
So I decided to make it a low-key Christmas. I picked up some tan and red Cotton + Steel, as well as some red Charley Harper fabric.
The star block I went with is from the book Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods. It’s my go-to book for these kinds of projects, and this has become one of my go-to blocks.
To mix it up a bit, I added a wintery tan and red fabric from my stash for the center block and sashing fabric.
The quilting on the table runner caused me some fits. For some reason, my machine insisted that the thread in bobbin be the exact same as the main thread. Not just the same brand, but the same color, too. The tension was completely off unless they matched. Needless to say, that wasn’t what I had planned for the look on the back of the table runner.
But, as I mentioned, I was a bit behind schedule-wise, so that’s the way I quilted it. Even then, the quilted ended up being on the light side, as are most of my projects. But this year, I’m thinking I want to resolve to make my quilting a bit denser. We’ll see.
At the December CMQG meeting, I gave my gift to Annie, and I received a gift from Wendy. Wendy recently gave a talk to the guild about making hexies, so I was pleased that the gift she gave me was filled with them!
The table topper fit perfectly under our shoe Christmas tree. And it couldn’t have matched Greg’s Cthulhu ornament any better. Thanks, Wendy!