Thursday, 20 December 2012

A finish- finally and some fabulous fabric

I have finally finished off my table runner!  I was feeling indecisive about making a facing, but ended up deciding a binding would finish off the stripes, rather than leaving them hanging. Tho' I did like the wine red idea, suggested in the comments on my last post, I'm a sucker for green and happened to have enough on hand. So green binding it was.

I absolutely love this Wrenly pattern with its greens and small and large detailing . The red spiky flowers like the one below towards the right totally remind me of the Pohutukawa and rata flowers from home in NZ which flower around Christmas near the beaches. I decided to quilt some of the patterned areas with some free motion outline quilting. Not only because I was sick of doing short stripes!

I deliberately didn't make the striped piecing ruler straight, but am not entirely sure about the quilted stripes accentuating that. I might make a different decision next time, but overall I'm pleased and think it's happily Christmassy without having to be hidden away for 11 months of the year.

In other news...we have been receiving various exciting packages to put under the tree and for our younger son who turns 14 on Sunday; but one came today which I could open already!

I have really fallen for Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures range. Believe it or not I did exercise some restraint and there were a few I didn't get, but I've always loved maps, so these were irresistible!
I'd love to make a bag, but they'd also make great little pouches, cushions and some are destined for my low volume text/ crosses quilt.

The white on white  is hard to photograph with the others and reflects the light quite trickily, but I think these will be great blenders, as well as stunning on their own. The cross hatch on the bias is a nice change. As is becoming my standard, I got 1/2 a yard of each, but a yard of the black and white as I have a project in mind for the future.

Joining in at My Creative Space today


  1. It looks really lovely! Have a happy Christmas!

  2. The Wrenly runner is so beautiful and I love those Architextures fabrics too - I am just waiting on some to arrive here to make something special for my hubby!

  3. The spiky red flowers are indeed reminiscent of Pohutukawa and Rata, the runner turned out very nice indeed, and you will be able to enjoy it all year round too. I really like the look of the Architextures range, I'm going to check them out, they might just be suitable for a project I'm thinking about, even if they are not suitable I think I might get some, I'm always a sucker for some nice graphics :)

  4. I am in total agreement with these three, your runner is very beautiful and I had not really seen this line before. Certainly Architextures will be a popular range this year. Lots of great prints by themselves. Thanks for linking up this week too. HB to the 14 yo.

  5. Your runner is just lovely, love the colours - but I think we share a similar a colour sense! And love the topographic may fabric in particular - happy sewing.


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