Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Sunflower Season

Hi everyone!  It's Sunflower Season here in the great state of Kansas, so what better time to finish up my Sunflower Table Runner!  Let's get that puppy quilted and get the binding on!

I struggled with the quilting.  I mean struggled.  I mean ... have I forgotten how to use my Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR)?  Yes, pretty much.  I practiced, I re-read the manual, I tried to decipher the notes I'd made to myself, I practiced some more -- then I started doing some free-motion quilting.

Then I stopped.

And ripped out.

I need much more practice.  I decided just to use my walking foot and see where that lead me, and had it quilted fairly quickly (for me).


I thought about ripping parts of that out, but frankly ... everything is a learning experience, right?

Here's a peek at the back:


I used a variegated King Tut thread. I still ❤ the King!

On to the binding. I wanted to stick with the scraps I'd used for the quilt, so I went with the orange/yellow/gold of the "sunflower petals" ...


... and the green I used in the border. Having one color in the binding just still isn't quite "me".

I'm opting to sew it around to the back by hand:


It just works better for me than trying to sew it by machine. This will take some time, but it will be worth it!

By special request, I'll soon by posting a tutorial - my way to do a lined zippy pouch!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Your work is so beautiful, Miss Karen. Love this sunflower table runner!


  2. Just had to step in again and say I love what you do, so extremely artistic and useful! I love the soup bowl cozy's you made for you friends, what a great idea and the material was perfect! Just love your blogs! The sunflower runner is perfection!

    Take care,
    Lucy (Troy, Ohio)

  3. I love how this turned out and can't wait to see the full completed piece. Your quilting was perfect for this quilt.


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