My Christmas applique table runner is complete! I know I'm a few holidays ahead here, but I've caught the Christmas crafting bug and I can't stop! It's my turn to host the Christmas cookie exchange/bruch I am in this year, so I want to get my Christmas projects I have in mind completed ahead of time so I have them ready when decorating time rolls around!
I'm really pleased with how this turned out. I have only tried raw edge applique one other time, and was really happy with the outcome, so when this idea popped into my head, I was cautiously optimistic that it would turn out as nice.
I am always amazed at the mini quilts and applique that Carol, mamacjt creates and I was channeling her as I made this!
I used heat n bond lite to adhere my applique pieces, and then machine sewed each piece into place using my embroidery thread that gives the stitiches just a little bit of shine.
I was really unsure of how I wanted to quilt this, and tried out a few different filler ideas for both the "sky" and snowy ground. I really wanted to somehow quilt a snowflake pattern into the "sky", but just couldn't find something that was dense enough that I really liked. Alas, I went with what I know and love, swirls and stippling! Its hard to see in the pictures because the fabric is patterned, but I used tight heavily quilted spirals for the "sky" and a really close together stippling for the snowy ground. I'm happy with the outcome, especially the swirls, they are by far my favorite!
Once the whole conglomeration was stitched and quilted, I added a fun red and green festive polka dot binding, and then went to town hand sewing the buttons, beads and bows as decorations!
I cannot wait for the Christmas season to be upon us, I could do without the cold weather, but decorating the house is one of my favorite things to do! I'm sure I'll come up with a few other Christmas projects, but a tree skirt is pretty high on the to-do list right now. I purchased a tree skirt pattern from mamacjt a few months back, and actually made the tree skirt here...however my one complaint was that I wished it were bigger! So...I enlarged the pattern to be about a foot wider on each side, so that it will look better under
I will be linking this post to this weeks Sew and Tell over at Amy's from amylouwho! Stop by and see all the amazing finishes this Friday!!