A couple years back I made my first mini quilt and hand quilted it. I was sure that I had remembered everything I knew about hand quilting and binding... but soon learned that I had remembered the WRONG way to do it! lol! So, after some sore hands and fingers on the hand quilting, and some ripping of seams on the binding... I finally finished up my leaves runner!
"Pretty In Leaves" Table Runner
kit by Laundry Basket Quilts
Finishes at 21" x 42"
Hand quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread
Warm & Natural Wool Batting
I tried some big stitch quilting this time... starting with outlining the applique. I then moved on to just some straight stitching in the border and finished up with following the lead of the checkers on the border, and cross hatched the background.
As with every new technique I try and learn... I have conversations with myself that "this is too involved", "this hurts my hands", "this takes too long", "boy, I'm never doing this again".... only to wind up being happy with the end result and looking forward to starting a similar project real soon!!! :-) Do you go through that same process? I'm pretty sure that once I get enough practice at it, these new techniques will become second nature and the whole start to finish will be most enjoyable...
If you'd like to try one of these runners yourself... you can visit Laundry Basket Quilts website. It's in the fabric kits section. The leaf applique pieces are laser cut and pre-fused... and the background and squares are cut to size... pretty much sit and stitch! :-)
And last, but not least... I'd like to give a huge *T*H*A*N*K* *Y*O*U* to everyone that visited and bid on my auctions last week! I'm glad that all of those great patterns are going to folks that will actually stitch them up! :-) I did list more this week. If you're interested... click here to see if there is anything you'd like to add to your "must stitch" collection. I do still like the designs... I just have more patterns than I'll ever have time to complete... and, I'm sure I'm not alone in that scenario! lol!
Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!