Friday, August 3, 2012

table runner

Hi everyone, happy Friday!

This was a strange week. I did not really feel like sewing at all, I actually did not use my machine even once this week. I'm thinking a pretty bad sore throat, non-stop heat and high humidity, plus getting three little people ready for school might have been the cause.



Well, I didn't not sew completely, though. I did a little bit of hand sewing which meant that I finally finished a new table runner for our dining table.


I usually attach binding to whatever project I'm working on by machine,  but this runner was special enough to do it by hand.


This table runner is 100% inspired by Leanne's gorgeous pillow. Leanne is my hero when it comes to using solids, she has such a keen eye for combining colors to achieve the most striking effect. 

I used all Konas in shades of green and yellow to make my simple improv pieced rectangles. The background color is Kona white.


I basted the top the same way I would have a quilt and I did some major straight line quilting. I definitely would not choose to do a straight line quilting spaced 1/8" apart on a quilt, but it worked really well on this runner. And, it felt so therapeutic to keep stitching line after line and seeing the fabric completely transform right in front of my eyes.


I then bound it using yet another Kona - this time my all time favorite Kona Ash with a little piece of Kona Lime for some added interest.

Finished size of the runner is 18" x 41".

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Svetlana

29 comments:

  1. I hope you are soon feeling all better. Your runner looks gorgeous on your table and I love that stack of pillows in behind.

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  2. oh, I love this. So gorgeous!!

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  3. Gorgeous! I absolutely love the quilting.

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  4. Love the table runner. My favorite colors!

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  5. Beautiful! Love the color combo!

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  6. Beautiful! I love the quilting.

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  7. Love the way your colors almost seem to flow into each other, like water.
    Beautiful!

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  8. so pretty, I love the quilting but it made me tired just looking at it! I think that when you don't feel like sewing it's important to take a break, we all need one sometimes :)

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  9. Fresh and bright and clean. Love it!

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  10. It's wonderful Svetlana, and I just love that dense quilting. I agree, I would never have the patience to do that on a whole quilt (1" spaced lines is enough for me!) but on this runner is gives an amazing look. So fresh and modern.

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  11. Love your table runner. You've inspired me to give it a try. I love the modern feel and the way you have quilted it.

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  12. Wow this is beautiful!! I especially like the first picture with all those beautiful pillows and all of this cheery colors!

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  13. so so beautiful! I love the pop of colour in the binding - just brilliant!

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  14. That's clever how you added the pop of green to the binding. I love the quilting! I hope you feel much better soon!

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  15. This is so, so pretty. Thanks for sharing this special piece.

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  16. I love this! Now I really want to make a runner - your projects are always so inspiring.

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  17. Gorgeous! I love it! Love the pillows in the background too! lots of quilty goodness :)

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  18. I totally love it and saw it on flickr already. How nice to read that the pillow inspired it, and such nice things you said too. I love the quilting too, it just makes this runner so modern and special. It looks great on your table. I do hope you feel better soon.

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  19. Totally love these! Hope you are all well soon. And, please know that you are often my hero with your beautiful work. I understand about not getting to the machine. Going through some family stuff, not personal illness, but that of others who are close. Hugs and wishes for good health to you.

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  20. Totally love these! Hope you are all well soon. And, please know that you are often my hero with your beautiful work. I understand about not getting to the machine. Going through some family stuff, not personal illness, but that of others who are close. Hugs and wishes for good health to you.

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  21. So sorry to hear that you're under the weather. Hope the weekend gives you a chance to get over it. I've had a hard time getting anything done myself this week in the sewing department. Not only do I love your runner, but I adore the beautiful row of pillows behind it in the top picture. Gorgeous!

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  22. I really, REALLY like this! I may have to try my hand at an improv runner - a good way to try some new techniques!

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  23. I loved the pillow Leanne made too:) This is stunning - especially your quilting.

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  24. It's gorgeous! Hope you feel better soon.

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  25. Looks beautiful and love the quilting...so simple but very striking...one of my favourites to use too.

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  26. love your runner and the stack of pillows in the back are wonderful!

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  27. Yes, Leanne has fabulous inspiration with solids, and you took it and ran with it, love it! Hope you're feeling much better soon and it cools down for you :o)

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  28. Lovely use of solids. Impressed with all that straight line stitching too. I've just come off a week of quilting some straight lines with a great degree of frustration.

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