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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Quilt Show Entry

SewCalGal is hosting a Christmas Quilt Show (http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/), and I've decided to enter one of the items I made during the Christmas Quilt Along that Sue from Quilt Times hosted from August through November.  In fact, yesterday was our last qal day.  My entry is something I began in August during the first Saturday's sewing, and didn't finish until just a few weeks ago. I had bought some panels about thirty years ago or so (can you believe it?  We don't throw anything away in this house!), and wanted to make something with them.  This table runner is what resulted.

This is the first bigger piece on which I used free motion machine quilting .  It isn't perfect, and I ripped out alot of stitches, but I quilted it with many loops in variegated thread that is red, white and green. 

The white fabric is also vintage from the same period.  I found it in the house put away and rolled up with the name of the store still on it.  In the eighties, when I was in my 30's,I was very much into hand crafts.  I quit smoking when I hit 30 and fortunately I had an outlet to keep my hands busy.

I love the panels in this runner.  They are romantic and gentle, and I hope I displayed them well.  They were meant to be made into small pillow ornaments, but this is better.





The backing is decorative as well. 

There is a second part to this post that isn't connected to the Quilt Show, but it is my personal show of the items I made during the Christmas Quilt Along.

The Christmas Tree wall hanger in the upper left was made the first morning, and I began the runner in the afternoon.  The lower left shows a quilt I began second month (and haven't finish yet, but I will:) ), and the polar bear wall hanging was begun that month.  I worked on both of them the third month, and yesterday I made the block in the lower right.  Those are my accomplishments from the qal, and I think I did pretty well, don't you? 

God Bless Everyone!


37 comments:

SheilaC said...

I love your table runner!! And your FMQ looks great (I am just learning to FMQ too)

Thanks for sharing it in the show.

(Moxie is adorable)

SheilaC

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your wall hanging is beautiful! What a treasure in those panels!

Barb said...

I bet you are glad that you saved it...what a lovely wall hanging.

Ariane said...

I love your table runner. Such a gorgeous panel! Definitely worth keeping. Hugs Ariane

Karen said...

Your table runner has turned out so well. The little panels are lovely. Great work with your quilting.
Thats an impressive display of finished work!!

QuiltSue said...

Wowwee, I hadn't really realised just how much you got done on QAL days. There are some fantastic things in there, but I specially loved the runner and quilting it with the variegated thread was the perfect finishing touch.

orchidlover said...

Wow you got loads done during the quilt alongs.
I love that table runner. What a great idea to use up the panels. Much better than individual cushions

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Nina-Marie said...

Wow - wish i could be so productive!! great projects!

Stormy Days said...

Wow, you've really been working. The runner is lovely, nice to find such great fabric stashed away. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

The blocks in your table runner are very pretty.
Congratulations on finishing all your projects. A nice variety.

Piecefulafternoon said...

I think you did fabulous!!!! I love the vintage green and white.

Sandy said...

Great tablerunner! You accomplished quite a few things in the quilt along!

Dawn said...

I like how it's two sided :)

Briarside Lane said...

I like the motifs all together, too, rather than as individual pieces. But I'm sure that would be cute, too! How fortunate you had some coordinating fabric stashed away!

Wonderful projects from the QAL.

...Karen

Kate said...

Very pretty. The panels are lovely and so is the background fabric.

andsewon said...

What a lovely runner. Those panels are so charming! Oh my you have been very busy indeed! All looks so festive!

Denise in PA said...

Wow, you'd never know the fabric and panel are 30 years old! They look fantastic - great combination and I love the variegated thread you used! Thanks, too, for stopping by to see my Christmas quilt!

Linda said...

All of them are so pretty! Good for you! And I too love the variegated thread, very good choice.

Lois said...

I had to laugh at your post of not throwing anything away. I quit smoking in '78 and know hand work definitely helped in that process. The quilt is pretty and panals are unique and unusual for our time. I really like them. Good use of panals. Love Lois

Nanbon44 said...

thank you for sharing all your lovely quilted projects...

Vicki ♥ said...

I am amazed at how good those panels look for being over 30 yrs old. They have turned out lovely :)

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Beautiful table runner! Good work!!!

Roslyn said...

Nice save,LOL

Gari said...

I really like your table runner and your quilting looked great. And the table full of projects looks like you are going to have a very colorful Christmas. ;-)

Teresa said...

What a wonderful runner. Very nice quilting!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your tablerunner. The quilting looks wonderful.

Lindabee said...

This is a beautiful quilt. I think the panels look better than they would have looked as pillows. Love the quilting.

Angela - patch said...

It's lovely. I like very much fabrics.

Rhanda said...

What a great project. And, I love your quilting!

Linda said...

Like the variegated thread choice!!

Nancy Sue said...

Wow! You've been busy. Love the vintage fabric. Your free motion quilting with the varigated thread is the perfect compliment to the fabrics!

501 Quilt Blocks said...

Very nice tablerunner!

Lee said...

I love the fabric! nice quitled runner!

Huisvlyt said...

Well, what can I say? Great table runner (in my favorite colour...) and great quilting too. Wonderful work!
Elzaan

Dorothy said...

Your runner is wonderful. Your machine quilting is great. Wish I had the nerve to give it a try.

Zlaty said...

Love thee name of your blog! Your quilt is so adorable and agree the panels are very romantic and pretty!

Happy sewing!

Kim said...

Your tablerunner looks great! I love the blocks.