I decided to "go for a finish" using all those paper pieced Christmas tree blocks I stitched (using one of Julianna's darling patterns) to have a completed project in time to enter her contest.
Talk about a last minute dash to finish! Good thing I had a quiet day at home for turning those blocks into a flimsy by this afternoon. Nothing like a deadline to push me to finish. I debated endlessly about what project to make with these blocks, not due to a lack of ideas - but rather because I had several!
|My final block layout for the table runner.|
Ultimately, I decided to put them together to make a table runner to fit our antique buffet, knowing it will get lots of use and add cheer to our décor during the winter months.
|Just before sunset, I took my latest finish outside for a photo session on the fresh fallen snow.|
I shared my palette choice for these blocks in this post, with the idea that these colours would work beyond Christmas. It meant that lots of colours were mixed together and I knew I needed a simple finish to tie it all together. I opted for a two fabric binding, pairing a striped fabric (in all the tree colours) for accent, with the grey fabric I used as the block background. I love the results! (I used this style of binding for my Oh, Joy! Patchwork Pillow).
|Two fabric binding adds just a hint of accent and ties in the various colours that were used for the paper pieced trees.|
Bright trees and a patterned background fabric needed only the simplest quilting, in my opinion. I used my walking foot to free hand quilt random wavy lines the length of the runner.
The runner finishes at 15.75" x 57" - a custom fit for our antique buffet, which I accomplished by trimming down the blocks a bit. I thought staggering the five blocks worked rather nicely for the finished layout but it's a tricky thing to photograph when it's laying full length. ;o)
Outdoor shot (above) and indoors (below).
I want to thank Julianna for all the beautiful paper piecing blocks she designed and shared for free. I still have plans for more projects to make from them and more blocks I want to try. It has been a fun month of paper piecing!