Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Runner for Sue

As I mentioned in my last post, the "secret project" I was working on was mailed out.  It is happily in the hands of its new owner now!  I posted about it on the boys' blog yesterday - for some great in-progress shots and Dave's (my Guide Dog for the Color Blind) take on the whole thing, please give that hyperlink a click.  All kidding aside, I would not tackle anything in the golds/yellow/autumny color area without him.  I cannot distinguish the shades and he apparently can.  And he's very good at making his opinion known.

I stretched myself a bit on this one, trying a couple new things, changing the pattern a bit, and forcing myself to use my Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) and do some free-motion quilting.  Here are a couple close-ups of my stitching:

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It was great practice and I'm very happy with how it came out. I really need to do more BSR work!

One new (to me) technique I tried was to fold a square of muslin in half, write your labeling, then sew it into a corner as you add your binding:

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When you bring the fold of your binding around to the back of the quilt/runner, it's all neat and tidy:

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Wow, is that ever one of those "Why didn't I think of that??!!?" moments! I'll definitely be doing that again!

I pieced the back, using the fabs from the top:

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The back needs to be interesting, right?  Oh, and the binding, too.  I did a scrappy binding, using all the fabrics once again!  Here's the front:

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If you didn't see the pix on the Ao4 Digest, please do go take a look. I always like the process photos!  There is also a link to the runner in Sue's home!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Genius! I love the corner tag idea! I love my Viking, but I'm totally jealous of your stitch regulator. Great work, as always!

  2. The runner is such a work of art and the quilting is just beautiful. I love, love, love the special label. I feel like the luckiest girl in the whole wide world! Thank you so much again and again, Karen! You do gorgeous work!


  3. I love the autumn-y colors; so glad Dave was able to help you select that palette of colors. The finished piece reminds me of back to back piano keyboards!! Very nice.

  4. It's truly beautiful and I'm sure it's treasured by Sue!

  5. Thanks for the close-up of the quilting. I always like to make the backs of things interesting too. You could almost use that runner both ways.

    Nice work as usual.



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