Enough doodling and gardening. I was itching to get back to some serious sewing. The perfect project for getting back in the groove was the promise of a festive table runner that I’d made my sister back in the summer. With Christmas creeping up it was time to get going.
Christmas fabric spotting begins in the summer so my sister was wise to mention it back then. I spotted this on one of my regular drop-ins at Aberdashery well before our departure for our travels in September. Scandi is such a trend at the moment and the Makower Christmas collection really appealed to me, I love reindeer right now. I chose my reds and greens and liked the idea of adding in a couple of the neutrals from the range.
I had the seeds of a plan in mind, it involved irregular strips across the width of the runner. I was slightly undecided about having white sashing between each coloured stripe but of course I decided for. I love the crisp, clean, modern look that it gives.
Once decided all that was left to do was get on with sewing strips together, as they were to be random there was very little planning to do and I just chose whichever fabric I thought should come next.
The back was to be plain red. Briefly. I started to think it needed something more so I sewed together some two and a half inch wide strips and cut them into two and a half inch strips then cut the red backing to create a patterned reverse.
I decided on a horizontal strip l strip at each end. Once I had put it all together it made the runner pretty much reversible.
I used cotton domette as wadding. I find it a good weight for table runners, mats and such like. Not too bulky or puffy.
My quilting plan was to have strings of stars and after a bit of doodling decided on this design . The stars are irregular in six, shape and spacing. Simple. Lastly I gave the runner a solid red binding and it was ready to join my sister’s Christmas scheme, she has some lovely decorations. I hope it comes to to scratch!