I started matching them up with other fabrics and thought how stunning they were against the texture and muted tones of linen. I threw in some white and the cotton colours gleamed!
I can’t explain why I decided it should be a Christmas project, especially as it was summer and that means you have to go outside and frolic in the sunshine and complain about the midgies and the lack of sunshine and not stay inside sewing little snowmen.
When I am designing appliqué, I always aim to design a quilt which has a scene, a context. So there is a lot of fine detail in this table runner which makes it a fabulous centrepiece, the snowman with his knotted scarf, the street-light and the Church tower’s circular clock.
All the little buildings are machine-appliquéd and I used some gorgeous metallic thread to stitch in tiny window panes.
I used a lighter sky for one panel and a darker, stronger teal for the second scene to create a ‘Day and Night’ feel for the two scenes. Though of course it would work equally well if both scenes were made with identical fabrics and the table runner was symmetrical but you knew that anyway, didn’t you?!
The pieced star block in the centre is a Key Lime Pie block. I scattered little appliqué snowflakes over the table runner and stitched them on through all layers.
I made the runner using a teal and grey colour scheme with accents of silver in the Church windows, lamp light and silver filigree print. The silver really SHINES in the light but unfortunately I couldn’t capture it on camera!
One day I’d like to make this project again using some sumptuous red fabrics to match a traditional Christmas colour scheme and more specifically, to match my Christmas décor.
Christmas is usually hosted at our house partly because we have a super-extensible dining table and also because we have toys, and kids, to entertain all the other kids who pop up, in need of entertainment, at Christmas time.
Himself pointed out that there was an argument for making a table runner that would match the rest of our decorations to begin with, but the teal, Dear Readers, the TEAL!
Anyway, the good thing about completing a Christmas project in July is that it leaves your husband LOTS of time to redecorate the dining room to match the new table runner. . .
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