Boy this sure has been a busy quilty Christmas season! And I LOVE it!
Do you remember the Holly Tree Skirt that I quilted for my cousin? Yep, I thought you did!
Well, she also sent me two holly table runners to quilt. They were almost exactly the same except one had a white background for the applique blocks and one had a ecru background.
Because it was the one one top silly! Grin.
For a change I actually had a plan for this one before I got it on Millie.
I knew I wanted to do a modern version of holly leaves in the border. I knew they wouldn’t be easy to see because the border fabric had a lot of pattern, but I still wanted to try it.
But, I knew I wanted to let the applique stand out. I really liked this idea from Ivory Spring. She does wonderful work. If you haven’t checked out her work you should. She has a great program called Thread Talk where she either gives tutorials or lessons she has learned in quilting. I love how the echo and pebbles look against the applique. I also liked the McTavish fill.
Here’s how my version turned out.
Originally I was going to do the second table runner to match the first one. But when I put it on Millie it screamed for FEATHERS!!! Traditional, elegant, feathers! And who is going to turn down a quilt when it wants feather? Not me!!
No feathers in the border, because well, they would be invisible. But piano keys would add some nice texture and they feel very traditional and elegant to me.
But the red sashing was a solid. So the perfect place for feathers. Micro feathers that is. The sashing was 1″.
I couldn’t decide how to manage the blocks. So I went browsing around looking for some ideas. And found this on Katrina’s Quilting. She has lots of incredible ides of places you can both showcase feathers and sneak them in. I love how the feathers point your eye to the center flower.
Here’s my version:
I love how both table runners turned out. I hope my cousin likes them!!!
Next up, the last tree skirt!!!!!!