Friday, January 17, 2014

Class Sample Remnants

Anyone who has taught quilting will understand the dilemma of what to do with your samples.  Sometimes I just make a few blocks in a different colorway, but this time I was teaching Dresden Plates and wanted to show a variation.
 I love the vintage Wagon Wheel quilts that I've seen in books and on blogs.  I chose batiks for my sample and machine pieced the wheels and hand appliqued the outside and inside edge.  Since I had 2, I made a third one and put them together for a table runner.

 Over the years, I've made a runner for each of my girlfriends and I have one more person to gift one too.  She had seen the gecko pattern which is from  Fiesta Mexico by Karen Kay Buckley so I knew she would love this.

My friend has a place in Mexico so I thought this would be perfect for her.  I fused the gecko's and did a straight line of stitching around the raw edge, then machine quilted it around the appliques and the wheels.  Wavy lines filled in the background and a variegated thread was used in a narrow wavy line along all the seams.

Since this was a "make as I go" type of project, I did not have binding fabric from any of the pieces used in the top.  Not to worry, Fabric Etc had a few batiks for me to choose from and the group consensus was this one.  I think it's perfect.  Now to finish the hand stitching on the binding and gift it out!



Terry said...

What a beautiful runner! I love the little geckos on it! :0)

Nancy said...

I like that little Gecko.

Mimi said...

Love the geckos.

Janet O. said...

Very cute, Sharon! : )