Friday, July 18, 2014

A Finish for Friday...

   Name: Running Neutrals
Design: Bento box blocks in neutrals
Size: 14" by  38"
Fabric: scraps, linen, and Kona Parchment
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in  off white, Matchstick quilting

I was commissioned to make a table runner for a friend to give as a gift to her sister.  The cruncher for me was that the sister is a big fan of neutrals and does not do colour in a big way at all.  What a puzzler!  Well, not really because I just grabbed my scrap box with all sorts of neutral scraps and got busy.  I used a fair amount of linen and added in a bit... just a bit of the fabric with a bit of colour for interest.  The blocks are bento box blocks and then I framed the whole thing with more linen.  The runner is not bound traditionally as I did not want the binding to be a feature, so I made a facing binding in Kona Parchment.  The runner is still reversible but the binding is on the back.  I think it looks super elegant.  I did matchstick quilting in Aurifil 50 wt in a lovely cream that just blends perfectly with the linen and neutral scraps.  Matchstick quilting adds an incredible texture and stiffness that works so well for something like a table runner.  It lies flat and has such substance.

And Sue was super happy with it but I would not let her have it when I saw her the other day.  She had to wait until my guild show and tell was over.  Now she can have it.

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday!

The back... see the facing?


  1. Love it & love the quilting, she must be thrilled!

  2. I love your table runner! The colors & the design - and I'd never heard of facing binding, but I'll have to try that. The runner looks so much more sleek and flat with it.

  3. "Blueberry Patch" has been included in our Arlynda Lea's Sites to See #9. We hope this helps to call more attention to your efforts.

  4. Gorgeous! And perfect for a colour-phobe - lots of texture to keep it from being boring. Very rich! And i love that you wouldn't give it over until after show&tell!