Final GK Table Runner Finished – Plant Holder
Another finished UFO bites the dust. We participated in Pat Sloan’s quilt along last fall called Grandma’s Kitchen. Rather than make a quilt from the blocks, we chose to make a table runner. Not just one but three! The first two have been finished for months, while the final ten blocks languished away. Awaiting their turn at the quilting table, they benefitted from being patient with a stippling quilted design. I am also sharing this post as our second quilt offering for the 2018 Fall Quilt Festival.
First Table/Bed Runner Finished
Back in February, we finished the first GK table or bed runner from five of the GK blocks.
I did a fair bit of quilting on these blocks using different techniques. On the peppermint block, I chose a spiral pattern on each separate mint. An echo to the each of the corners completed this block. The dress/apron block also was successful with echo quilting and straight-line in its frame. Straight-line quilting was used in the three other blocks. Ruler work in the white border and a zigzag in the navy wrapped up this runner. I was very happy to have this first runner complete!
Second GK Runner
By May, the second runner was complete but it barely was mentioned on the blog! It was overshadowed by my Postcard finish along with Evening Star. Here it is on our dinette table, looking mighty fine if I do say so myself. Lots of straight-line quilting was used in a variety of directions. There was a reason or purpose for selecting these blocks for this runner, but I recall it now. I’m suspecting it was a color they all had in common like navy. Anyway, let’s get on to the purpose of this post. Right?! These two are history and we want to live in the here and now. ~smile~
Third and Final GK Runner
Just think, you never have to hear about these again. Why? Because all 20 blocks have been used and this UFO is d.o.n.e. Finished. Finito. Donesville. Okay, I made my point but I could go on and on. Without further ado, here it is. All of the final 10 blocks, together with some sashing in its final resting spot. It will live on our dinette table. Unlike #2, which had a glamour shot (Wendy!!) on the table never to enjoy that spot again. (It’s for sale in our meager Etsy shop.)
We have a lovely table that belonged to my parents. I ate dinner at that table every night until I moved out, and even then I went back to my mom’s for dinner at least once a week. So, the table has a special place in my heart. Sue also likes the table and claimed it for her own when we moved my mom out of her house. This third runner has the honor of forever being the table protector. From this day forward, let it me known that the table will be protected from all the plants that almost-permanently reside on top of it.
Details About Runner #3
Are you wondering about the details behind the runner? I’ll just bet you are. What is the finished size you may ask. I didn’t measure it – who cares – I might have said. But instead, I got up, measured it, and can now report 30″ x 70″. What backing was used just may be another question that must be answered.
The same fabric used in the Mantle quilt was chosen as the backing and binding. Also illustrated is the six inches I was short on the amount of binding needed. You will see a small piece of solid green was auditioned as an emergency fill-in, and it won the job. I dare anyone to notice and say anything!
Was There Stippling on Runner #3???
Yes indeed there was lots of it!
As the final step, stippling was done using my favorite light yellow thread on top and in the bobbin. Again, no one will ever see the reverse side (except anyone who reads this blog post) so I was relaxed about the selection.
Here is a picture of the stippling on the front of the flimsy. I shared this in a to-do post and the Quilt Police was mentioned because of that little loop. This may actually be a meander stitch technically, but who is going to challenge that.
I wanted to share a picture of my settings for FMQing. I dropped my feed dogs and plugged in the foot pedal that I rarely use. It takes me a bit to remember then that I cannot use the start/stop button! A slow stitching speed is another thing I do – my own stitch regulation. Near the low end (left) of the speed bar means a slower stitch. Faster stitching means I need to move my hands faster, and that would for sure make me nervous. So, I found a nice slow speed that I can keep up with. The key seems to be moving your hands at a speed that is compatible with the speed you are stitching. When that combination is used you get pleasingly sized stitches, and you are happy with yourself! That’s a really great thing. ♥♥
What Does the Runner Look Like Right This Minute??
TA-DA! Plants are comfy although they need a few dead leaves removed now that I look at the photo. You can see a peek of Sue’s Beauty and the Beast collection back there if you really look. My Christmas cactus is there, happily growing new leaves. It never blooms at Christmas but that’s okay. I am happy when it choses to bloom at all! Our table will look like this until a) our cookie bake in
November or December some time, or b) people visit and eat over. The plants are moved for visitors; otherwise they enjoy the light from the patio doors. Only three UFOs to go!!
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