Falling Leaves Table Runner by Juline

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Maple leaf
Status:
Complete
Started:
2013-09-06T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2013-10-19T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

Three of these blocks were blocks that were originally made for +Quilbee's January Newbee blocks. I made them while I was trying to find the elusive "scant quarter inch," so they're all different sizes and not square. I had to use them somehow, so I decided to lay them out in a way that would let me cut them up a bit so it wouldn't matter so much.

I have a question, though: what's the best way to execute this? I've never done this with seams, only applique.

My plan is to donate it to my professional organization for our annual auction at our convention next month.

10/15 Almost there. I want the back to read "modern," but I'm not happy with the current leaf placement. I need this FINISHED by 10/18, and I'm not so sure it's going to happen, but I'm going to try. I'm hoping to start quilting it tonight.

10/17...Finished quilting at 11:30 last night, now I'm working on a scrappy binding. I have to work today and a guild meeting, so the binding application will be tiny bits at a time. I just wanted to post a pic of the quilting -- thank you for the suggestions, everyone. I'm really happy with the results. I'll post a pic of the final product, hopefully with a nice fall background.

10/19...Finished the day of the auction!

Pictures

Finished just hours before the auction.

Loves

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Comments

Quilbee

Love how you have put this together!

Juline

Thanks, Quilbee . I'm still scratching my head as to how I'm going to actually do it. So far I've added wide strips around each 12" block, and my plan is to square them in the position I want them. (Slightly angled, not just turned one way or another.) I see a lot of wasted fabric ahead of me, but I'm set on this design. We'll see!

Quilbee

Yeah I can't think of another way to do it, but the end result should be worth the effort i think!

Clairealex

I love the mixed sizes and angles. If I were quilting it I'd use "organic" lines--sorta wavy, not exact echos. I'd go diagonal with them. I think it would give the effect of wind blowing leaves down.

Juline

Intersecting diagonal like my photo, just more wavy/organic/casual, you mean? Another option would be wavy diagonal in one direction. I've got my sketch pad out and a few books, I'm going to hopefully come up with something tonight. I'll practice these wavy lines and see what I can come up with. Thanks, Clairealex .

Kittywilkin

Clairealex I love that idea... I think the organic slightly wavy diagonal lines (or getting more exact, windy blowing waves with spirals in the borders around the leaves) would look great!

Clairealex

Juline I was thinking one direction, not intersecting. More windy look and would take less time to do only one direction.

laurawestkong

I like the wavy lines idea. I just finished a quilt where I did rows of horizontal wavy lines with random freemotion spirals thrown in here and there. Gave a feeling of swirling wind. You could even freemotion simple leaves here and there as you're doing the wavy lines. Should be pretty quick and easy.

Kristananne

I agree with Clairealex and laurawestkong . One direction of wavy lines for a windy look.

Charwirfs

The windy suggestion will soften the angles, be fast, and spirals will finish it off nicely. Good suggestions ClaireAlex. Please post a pic of the finished project whatever you decide.

Juline

Okay, thanks ladies. You think diagonal wavy lines would be good? I think they'd be easier than one loooooong (70") line.

Clairealex

Yes, diagonal is my vote. Not only easier, but "windier." And I like laurawestkong 's idea of occasional spirals.

Juline

I'm currently working on diagonal, intersecting waves. I'm not even halfway, and I need to finish tonight. Wish me luck.

True

I love how you quilted this wonderful!

Kristananne

Yay, it looks great!!

HawkFan

The quilting really adds to the table runner. Very nice

Kathie

I agree with HawkFan , I love the meandering quilting and it looks like something I could pull off without having to FMQ. Also love the falling leaves and your clever way of using your "practice" blocks!

Juline

I used my freemotion/darning foot, Kathie . It was pretty easy.

Kathie

Juline , FMQ is the one thing I've not enjoyed. I can't seem to get my stitch lengths to be consistent and it drives me crazy (I like order smile ). I guess I just have to keep practicing . . .

Mymble

Looks great Juline -love how you quilted it!

Sewbusy64

THIS.IS.INCREDIBLE!!

Juline

Thank you! It brought in $140 at the auction where I donated it.

True

Great quilt and that is an awesome amount from the auction!

Clairealex

Cheers on the design, the quilting, the TIMING, and that it brought $140!

Conniharns

Wow...great quilt. I love your design and color choices. It's beautiful. And the quilting makes it so pretty. Very nice.

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