Ever had one of those days where you missed a word and it was totally important? I so did this month on my Island Batik Ambassador challenge. It said a holiday runner. No problem. I had fun designing this one that looks like interlocking wreathes. I made it, quilted it, bound it, and THEN realized that the project was to include applique. Oops.
So here is a beautiful runner made with a gorgeous red batiks, a dotty background, and a bunch of different Christmas greens. All the pieces were cut using my Accuquilt GO! Big Electric cutter and my 8" Qube set. It also has my favorite Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly blend inside.
I started my quilting process by picking out some gorgeous Aurifil threads to go along with the runner. I chose a 50 weight red and cream and a 28 weight green so my stitching would really show up on all the different green fabrics.
When I got to a double wide square I did half the pattern in one direction and half the pattern in the other direction so that I could easily continue the pattern.
For the green I decided to make some loops coming up from each red square. Then on the isde I did a squiggle to really compact the green.
In some places the green squiggle got taller to help fill the space as shown below. I am so glad I picked the thicker thread because you can really see it.
For the cream I decided to do some large scale feathers. I wanted to play around with incorporating a variety of styles so I did some curls at the end and some micro feathers around the edges.
In the center I made a dot and then quilted feathers coming out of it towards the top and bottom. It looks kind of like a Christmas swag, doesn't it?
I made similar motifs in the corners as well. To fill the space all the way to the edge I did a 3/16" outline around the feathers all the way to the edge.
Done! I can see this with three pretty candles on it (not lit of course....no wax on my runner!) or a pretty poinsettia plant.
And of course it needed to be photographed in a pine tree!
I hope you get to quilt today!