Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Minimalist trees Christmas table runner progress


Minimalist trees runner quilting


After I pieced the top of my table runner for the Modern Christmas Table Runner swap, I posted it up in Flickr and asked for opinions about quilting. I wanted to see if my partner had any preference.

Minimalist Christmas Trees top finished


Well, I got a tonne of ideas, most of which recommended following the zig zags of the tree shapes. My absolute favourite bit of advice was from Rhonda, who told me to "quilt the snot out of the white parts" to make the trees puff up a little. I'm still giggling to be honest, mostly because that is exactly the sort of phrase I would come out with myself!  But her advice has been on repeat in my head for the last week and I couldn't get away from it!

I decided that a little hand quilting would be nice, and I had the perfect ruby red Perle cotton for it. So I outlined each of the trees in it this week while watching my nightly doses of Aussie Masterchef and really love the effect.

Minimalist trees quilting closeup
 
Next I took it off to my sewing machine, and, with everyone's advice ringing in my ears, I started by echo outlining each of the trees and then filling in the rest of the spaces. I decided to go very dense and the quilting lines are only 1/4" apart.

I'm totally thrilled with how its looking! Really love how the trees pop against it.

Minimalist trees runner partially quilted


I still need to straight line quilt the rest of the white space but want to put the backing fabric on before I do that.

So this is on target to be all done and ready to post off next week. I also need to do a little handmade ornament, but I have LOADS of inspiration pinned on my Christmas Pinterest board and looking forward to deciding on what to do at the weekend.


33 comments:

Elisa Black said...

It looks just wonderful! glad you received good advice!

Heather D. said...

I love this!! And you know, I've been wondering if combining machine quilting and hand quilting is something that's ever done, and here you've shown me that it can work beautifully together. :)

Lynne said...

Wow! That has made a huge difference to an already lovely runner.

susan said...

I want that runner please. Oh, and 999 followers. Bring on four digits!! Incredibly well done you!

Svetlana said...

Love your runner, it's gorgeous!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ohhhhhhhhh it turned out lovely....so fresh and cheerful to look at...

CityHouseStudio said...

It's beautiful, Sarah!
I love the combination of hand and machine quilting!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I would say you have efficiently removed the snot from it! And it certainly gave the tress a perfect amount of puffiness!

Annaliese said...

three things of note:

1- rhonda, in her infinite quilt wisdom was right on, 'snot' or not..it's the perfect amount

2- masterchef is the best quilting show. 'nuff said.

3- the perle is fab :)

Toni said...

I think you have one very lucky partner!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Wow, the quilting looks beautiful!!

diane said...

It's perfect and I am doing the same thing with my quilt I am quilting right now...a combo of Machine and hand quilting.

Flying Blind... said...

Gorgoeus, gorgeous twinnie xxx

Manda said...

looks great!

quilterbell said...

I love it Sarah, it looks fantastic!.

pippablue said...

I love it Sarah! It is so fresh and christmassy without being ott. Well done!

Anita said...

I love it! It's beautiful!

Fiona said...

Oh it's just gorgeous!

Belinda said...

That's beautiful! I love the white background.

Jessica said...

Love it Sarah! The quilting is just the icing on the cake, love the touch of hand quilting around the trees!

Cindy said...

Your snot quilting totally worked! It looks fantastic, Sarah!

Catskill Quilter said...

The perle cotton hand stitched around the edge of the trees is FABULOUS! I would not have thought of it -- but now I have to go off and get perle cotton in Christmasy colors to properly finish my Christmas projects! Adorable!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that looks absolutely fab, love it! I'm hooked on Aussie Masterchef too :oD

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's fabulous!!!

Catherine said...

the quilting looks fantastic, finishes off your amazing runner perfectly

Annabella said...

Your runner is A-MAZING and congrats on 999!

Judith, Belfast said...

Absolutely stunning Sarah! Love the quilting! Jxo

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Perfect quilting...Looks amazing!

Lotti said...

The quilting looks brilliant, love dense straight line quilting but the little bit of hand quilting really sets it off

Kirsten N said...

Love the straight line quilting around the trees Sarah - and the handstitching looks so lovely!!

SewHappyGeek said...

Beautiful! the quilting is really fab. I adore the triangles, and need to master them. and if you get time to make another, we would love a tutorial! It could easily look great with other , non Xmas fabrics, don't you think?

Kim said...

It is just beautiful and cheery looking! I tried to find what the fabric line is that you used, and can't locate it. Could you fill me in? They are just so bright and happy looking!

Nicki said...

What a beautiful table runner. Can you tell me what line of fabric you used in the runner? I love the way you outlined the trees & then did the echo around them. This will be very pretty on your swap partners table this year.