Thursday, February 16, 2012

Christmas (?!?!) Table Runner Finish

Do not adjust your computer screen.  Indeed it is Christmas fabric that you see in February (gasp!).

My brother and sister in law have recently moved to a house that is large enough for them to really celebrate Christmas with all of the decorations and hoopla.  So, this past Christmas they bought their first tree...and very quickly realized how many decorations you need for it to look full.  They need a serious influx of decorations to make this next Christmas extra festive in their new home.

When I made a Christmas table runner for my Mom this past Christmas, my SIL asked for one as well.  I am so happy to have been asked; of course I will make one!


I did not want this to be her Christmas gift for next year because by the time she received it, the season would be too late to enjoy it.  So, I wanted to make it now for her to tuck away over the next 10 months, then pull out in late November.

I used pretty non-traditional Riley Blake fabrics in oranges and light blues, but finished it off in swirling green and a red and white polka dot binding to bring a little holiday spirit.  It's filled with snow flakes, Christmas trees, snow men and awesome stripy and dotty fabric.  I am in love with the colors and prints in this line.


This is my first attempt at hand quilting anything. I really like how it brings out the "home made-ness" of the runner, but I need to work on my stitch quality before trying it on a larger quilt.  Anyway, it will be packed up and shipped out over the weekend. Guaranteed it will be a great surprise when it arrives in their home!  I can not wait to hear their reaction.

26 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Lovely! It reminds me of one I have !! ;-)) Keep practising your hand quilting- it does get easier! (BTW have you noticed that some blog comments require 2 ''prove you're not a robot words" now! Ugh! They are almost impossible!!!)

Kelli said...

I LOVE that!! I love the fabrics and the hand quilting in red, too. So cute! They will be so happy. xo

Flying Blind... said...

Brilliant idea and it looks excellent too xxx

BLONDEDESIGN said...

This is cute, great fabric choice! Kxx

susan said...

Love the runner, and so sweet of you to send it now. I am also with Susan in hating the new word verification. It's nigh on impossible to tell what on earth they want you to type in. Definite irritation.

cheeky monkey said...

Isn't it great if people ask you to make something? I love that and it makes present so much easier if I know they will love it!

It's a lovely tablerunner and the stitching is so gorgeous.

Cindy said...
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Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Its gorgeous! Loving those colours, I can have Christmas all year round!

Katy Cameron said...

Heh, well I've heard of Christmas in July, but never Christmas in February before ;o)

Judith, Belfast said...

Lovely handstitching C! And it will be even more appreciated being gifted out of season. Jxo

Annabella said...

It`s gorgeous Cindy and you have done a fab job with the hand-stitching. Great job - your SIL will love it!

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Irina said...

it's lovely! I like the hand quilted stitches

Jennifer said...

nice work! the hand stitching is beautiful!!

Sarah said...

Thats lovely Cindy, so thoughtful. I'm sure she'll be delighted!

Needled Mom said...

Very nice. She will love it!

Deborah said...

I love your hand quilting. And the table runner is lovely. How fun for your brother and sister in law to be able to pull it out next Christmas!

Diane-crewe said...

who says we can only work on Christmas projects in November? Looks like a fun project to me xx

Archie the wonder dog said...

Such a thoughtful gift! I love that fabric (it's what I'm using in my Christmas quilt) and I love the hand stitching!

Ellen said...

Very pretty runner, no matter what time of year. Found you through Sew Happy Geek. Love your blog!

Cherie said...

It's never too early to start making things for Christmas. I plan on making a few things for the table. We always buy a table cloth that ends up getting ruined.

Also I'm holding a swap on my blog. If you're interested feel free to check it out =D
http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.com/p/swap-time.html"

tink's mom said...

I love your work. Your hand stitching is great. I finished my last Christmas gift of 2011 this week so I am really impressed that you have a 2012 gift not only completed but in the mail. You're my hero.

Selina

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Very pretty! Love the stitching :)
Fab idea to send it now!

Nicky said...

Great job there - guess you are one of Santa's little helpers as I think they work all year round too!

Karen said...

Such loveliness Cindy!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I am playing a bit of catch up! I love this....I am sure your brother and SIL will be proud to display it...I would be!

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