It was probably in July that I saw this quietly Christmas fabric, ‘Winter’s Lane’ by Kate and Birdie Paper. It popped into my inbox via one of my favourite fabric stores. I pinned it and left it alone, after all it was far too early to be thinking of Christmas and we were about to pack up all our worldly goods and move them half way up the country. But then about a week before the move we took a trip to Canterbury and of course I couldn’t resist dropping into the lovely ‘Sewing Shop’, if you are in Canterbury don’t miss it.
Well on this particular day ‘Winter’s Lane’ was being added to the display – crafters start early for Christmas – and my resolve not to buy it yet dissolved and melted away. I bought 4 fat quarters there and then but knew I might well be adding to the selection when I started planning.
And I did. I added some of the browns; some reverse colour ways; mint evergreen, a red linen tile and a Moda Bella solid in Sky.
Then I went down to Aberdashery and bought a bright red solid for the sashing, the borders and the backing.
The collection is not overtly Christmas but the overall effect does it for me. The colour combination is a firm favourite anyway.
The plan that had formed was for a table runner, I wanted it to be able to fit either the kitchen table or the dining room table. My hunting around led me to a bento box block so I made four different large blocks and quartered them.
Then I made new blocks using one each of the quarters, making four different blocks. The blocks were joined with red sashing then bordered with red. The finished top was a good size to use up a scrap of batting and after backing I decided on ‘stitching the ditch’. I’m getting better each time I do it and am learning how to stay in that seam and that thread colour choice is important here. Binding was simple after the huge task that Jane’s quilt was and was done in no time at all.
I love the finished look and the overall effect is definitely festive. It has graced our kitchen table over the holiday and will do for many years to come I’m sure.