Monday, 12 December 2011

table runner

Well, I have had a shit day.  Excuse my language but it was shit.  I'm using that as my excuse for the rubbish title to this post.  Ah well, call a bucket a bucket and all that.  This post is about a table runner.  Mind you, with Sew, Mama, Sew's giveaway week going on, I doubt anyone will read it anyway!  Oh, and ladies, I know I've gone silent on you but I'm behind with blog reading and emails, I'm speeding through the reading but not commenting much, I do apologise.


Can anyone guess what this is?  Oh, I told you in the title didn't I?  And then again above.  No prizes for guessing then.  I pieced this Petit Ecole table runner months ago but it sat there in the corner of my craft room, waiting.  Last weekend I knew the time had come for me to quilt it.  I was scared.


I had to piece a back too as I didn't have a piece of fabric long enough with this being about 60inches long.  So I pieced the back, did the world's most rubbishest basting.  Took the pins out and basted again, marginally better.  And I quilted.  I did straight lines about a quarter of an inch to either side of the straight seams.  I say about a quarter of an inch as my piecing was truly rubbish.  I didn't think it looked finished so I quilted along the triangles too.





That's the back in case you didn't guess.  You know what?  I bloody love it!  Rubbish points and mismatched seams and wonky quilting and all.




But you know what's not rubbish?  My binding!!  I sewed it on the front by machine, then hand sewed it to the back and I'm really proud of it, it looks great!




The corners not so much, I did struggle with hand sewing them on the back, but who's going to examine the corners of my binding?  Well OK, any passing members of the local quilting guild might, but I don't think my brother gets many of them in his kitchen.


See what I mean about the corners?  It does look pretty good though, doesn't it?  I know, I know, that quilting in the bottom right of the photo above is probably making you want to cry, but me, I bloody love it!



19 comments:

Sarah said...

Hope your day improves Wendy! Or at least that tomorrow is better. Your table runner looks lovely to me - perfectly inperfect.

Good luck with the giveaway days, I've seen your comments on a few of the posts!

Stitchin' time said...

It's a cow when your corners don't mitre. That's a really nice tablerunner and the quilting on the back reminds me of the British flag so I guess it could be termed patriotic as well considering the colours you used for the front.
Nice hand finished binding edges.
Cheers,
Robyn

Kandi said...

Never mind little imperfections they add to the handmade charm! It looks fabulous to me, I want it!
Kandi x

The Lawrences said...

looks great! {rubbish} points and all! I can't even tell...but then, my points never match up, it seems :) have a good week!

elizabethdee said...

Your table runner looks fantastic! And I love your fabrics and your use of the fabrics!
Sorry about your day, but thank you for your post. Hope tomorrow is better.

Nancy Lee said...

I bloody love it too!

Sandra :) said...

Awwwwww doll you're so damn harsh on yourself - it just breaks my heart! Your tablerunner is lovely - your pieced back is perfect (design decision, remember?), your quilting, your binding, your piecing, your fabric are all lovely. I bloody love it too!

Allie said...

I am so stinkin' proud of you - it looks wonderful!!! I hate doing corners - I can do them, but I don't like it - I've come to the conclusion that I need to do rounded corners on everything now, lol! Always the easy way out. Your brother will LOVE it, and I think your quilting looks great, girl!

Cass said...

Table runner looks fabbo. Hope your day gets less shitty!

Lisa Leggett said...

OoOoh, I love it too! I think it looks great. And if and any of the quilting guild members happen to waltz through your brothers kitchen... well, they can keep waltzing right out the door :o)

I just finished the binding (same method you used) laaaate last night on a large (a lot larger than I'd intended!) quilt I made my mother for Xmas. I'm so pleased with how it came out I could fly. Binding used to really freak me out, but I think I've mastered it at last!

Again, I love the runner you made, all those triangle pieces, oy! You're awesome.
Lisa

p.s. Hope your crappy day is done & gone and doesn't show it's ugly face again for a good long time. Cheers!

The Dotty One said...

Your table runner looks FAB! I love the pattern the quilting makes on the back too, reminds me a bit of union jacks somehow. Is this one for you? I hope so - you always seem to be making things for other people!
Sorry you had a bad day yesterday - hope things have improved today :o)
xx

Diane said...

I really love the colors you put together! I think it looks fabulous!! :) I hope your day gets better!!!

Jeanette said...

Well I think it looks great! I hope your day has improved, maybe reading all the nice comments will help!

Kate said...

I like it ... colours and design are fab. The good thing about a bad day is that it likely won't get any worse. Lol!

pennydog said...

Oh basting and binding, how I loathe thee....

Jillayne said...

I love your runner too and none of it looks rubbishy. It's cute and the fabrics are great!

Bloggymom said...

Binding and edges are rough I am finding out. I have a table runner that is waiting for edges. They are scaring me.

Your runner turned out cute! Love the fabric and the pattern you used.

Q @ JAQS said...

Great job! Love runners :) - such a great project.


Love for you to share it at my linky party here: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/12/made-by-me-10-linky-party-and-features.html

SWEET YARNS said...

Great job with the Color Selection. I need to pull out of my closet am banner I startedm quilting years ago. Thanks for inspiring me to finish it.