Friday, December 26, 2014

Last Minute Christmas QAL - a finish

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!  

Christmas QAL
 
  I'm linking up my finish for Julianna's Last Minute Christmas Sampler QAL along with all the other participants (here) and with Amanda Jean's - Finish it up Friday!

20 comments:

  1. This is the perfect use for the tree pattern! And how wonderful to have to custom fitted for your dresser! I love the fine strip of binding too! Congratulations Katherine on a beautiful runner!

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  2. the trees look great............I like the runner............

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  3. Katherine, this is gorgeus! Fantastic idea to make table runner and you picked lovely Fabrics, not only for Christmas! Double binding is perfect! x Teje

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  4. And what a gorgeous finish it is! I really like the double binding that you added.

    I've saved all of Julianna's blocks and am planning to make some in the New Year working with fabrics from stash.

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  5. Such a great finish. I love how you staggered the trees.

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  6. Really cute, Katherine! You are so good at choosing fabrics to make things really pop. Enjoy your runner in good health... Happy 2015!

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  7. The two fabric binding was perfect for this project! Cute finish! Happy new year!

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  8. Using your tree blocks to make this cute runner was a clever idea. I love the addition of the flanged binding. Sets it off just right! Beautiful job, Katherine! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  9. Love love love love love those trees and the fun fabrics you used.

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  10. The trees turned out so adorable and using them in the runner is just perfect! Love it!

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  11. That is a beautiful! Love the colors and the nice touches that you added too. Hope your Christmas was very merry.

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  12. Love this runner, such a great idea to repeat the blocks too. Love your contrast binding, I will have to try that one day.

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  13. Wspaniały las choinek... świetne połączenie kolorów... gratulacje :)

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  14. WOW when you decide to make a quick project, you really get down to business! Love the tablerunner - I just love those colourful trees, and that extra tiny border is the perfect kick!

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  15. congratulations! Great work :)
    Greeting from Poland
    Kamila

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  16. it's lovely! I love the multi-coloured trees and the binding!

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  17. Oooh, it's fabulous, Katherine! Love that piped binding - just the right pop!

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  18. Great job! Love all colours - so bright, perfect with gray background!
    Congratulations!
    Maja.

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  19. Beautiful! I love the little pop of color in the binding!

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  20. This turned out so beautiful, great job.

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