Christmas table runner

I set myself a goal to finish at least 5 UFOs in July. I got off to a good start on July 1st, adding binding to not one, but three, projects! (Okay, I confess, one was a lap-sized quilt, and the other two were little mats. But still. Finished!).

Today, I pulled out a table runner I started a couple of years ago, made from fabric I bought at Fabricland in Bracebridge even more years ago!

purple and gold close upThe three main fabrics are coordinates — the same shade of plum, each printed with a different gold pattern. When I bought them, I thought they went great together, because they were all the same. Later, I realized there was no contrast because they were all the same!

Eventually, I came up with this pattern, which alternates in squares of golden-yellow fabric for contrast. To me, it is vaguely reminiscent of candles — the darker bars are the candlesticks, the golden squares are the flames, and swirling print is the smoke. I made the runner extra long, because my diningroom table is 4’x8′ (it’s a great sewing space, when we’re not entertaining).

Purple and gold runnerHere it is, all pieced, billowing in the breeze on the laundry line. Just need to quilt it, then I can cross it off my UFO list! And even better, it will be ready to use when the next holiday season comes around.

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