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!!
Oh my goodness, this is adorable. Well done. Hugs. TammyReplyDelete
So cute! Do you have any fabric ornaments planned? I'm in a swap and would love to see what you have planned if anything!ReplyDelete
Oh, I knew this would be great, but YAY ! It's terrific !ReplyDelete
Those swirls look so divine with that shiny thread !
And the meandering in the snow makes me think of how we track it up when we wish it would stay all undisturbed and beautiful !
This gets me in the mood for Christmas...great job!ReplyDelete
Oh that is just gorgeous! I always feel a bit ripped off with Christmas in New Zealand as it is summer here and I just love the winter Xmas designs that are out there. It still doesn't seem right to have Santa running around in shorts and sandals!!ReplyDelete
The swirls remind me of snowflakes swirling...they are perfect! I really like this table runner and think you did a wonderful job with it!ReplyDelete
To adorable! It's going to perfect of your cookie party. I love those by the way... Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I absolutely love this! Great job! I host a cookie exchange every year, too! :)ReplyDelete
How perfect for a cookie exchange! You did a beautiful job! What pattern did you use?ReplyDelete
That is so cute! i have a similar project that I think for so long how to quilt the filler spaces..then I just decide to do stippling. I do love your swirls too! What a fun project.ReplyDelete
awesome job, that is a LOT of applique!ReplyDelete
Wow, all the details are so wonderful! So so cute! It's making me want to start on one!ReplyDelete
oooo! It's so cute. I am glad I'm not the only one who is into Christmas crafting/sewing. I love the trees!ReplyDelete
Oh, this is just darling! My mother would go nuts over this! How fun and whimsical!ReplyDelete
So cute! I love the snowmen. I'm just entering the world of raw edge applique and I've only tried the simple stuff. Your little snowmen and that great tree are inspiring me!ReplyDelete