31 December 2010

A Christmas Wish


This is the other Focus Quilt that I committed to finish in Finn's New Year's Eve UFO challenge. Simply quilted with diagonal crosshatching using a walking foot on the sewing machine, it measures 37x15".

The embroidered blocks were stitched at bee over the course of 2010 as the blocks were released from Gail Pan Designs: A Christmas Wish BOM. Another wall hanging was not needed around Casa del Quilter, but a runner would be nice under the class on the coffee table so I commenced designing an additional block because Gail's only contained nine blocks. You can find the pattern on my Freebies Page.

Once the embroidery was completed, I tried to match up fabric from the stash to frame the stitchery blocks. Nothing in the stash was quite right. Off to the LQS* and as it turned out, Thimbleberries fabric was the perfect match and so two FQ** came home with me. But I forgot about something -- the binding. Once it was backed, basted and quilted I realized I had to go shopping again for MORE Thimbleberries. O the horror! So another FQ came home with me and I was able to get enough binding out of that one 18"x21" piece of fabric to complete this table runner.

Whew! Finished just in the nick of time.

*FQ: fat quarter
**LQS: local quilt shop


  1. It turned out just gorgeous! blessings, marlene

  2. Oh man, just in the nick of time is right. You really had to put some extra effort into this at the end. Obstacles. Obstacles that would have made a lesser woman set this aside (like me).

    I love this sweet runner and the way the stitches hold all the thoughts and energy of 2010. Will you put a label on it?

  3. This turned out beautifully. It's a pattern that I downloaded this year.