I made this table runner in two days! That's a record for me. I learned two new techniques with this project. I learned bargello and quilt-as-you go! I was a little nervous when I first started it but the directions made sense and I caught on right away. The pattern is by Ann Lauer and her directions were excellent. I think it looks much harder than it actually is.
I sewed together 20 strips, 2 1/2 inches wide in a specific order. I made 2 sets of 10 strips that were identical except for the direction of the seam allowances. I made a tube of each set. Then I followed a cutting guide. I would alternate cutting strips between the 2 tubes. The seam allowances always fit perfectly and nicely since they were pressed in opposite directions.
The next step is to applique ornaments and bows. I'll enjoy working on the applique by hand. I'm so glad it will be all ready for Christmas! I was hoping to work on it last year but never got to it.
So it looks like I have a hand project now that I have this table runner to applique. I also have a piecing project I'm working on. I'll post pictures as I make more progress. And last but not least, I'm making progress on machine quilting my Pinwheels and Posies quilt. I guess that's enough. I can't start anything else for awhile.
Almost forgot to show my assistant helping me throughout the process! She had to keep everything nice and warm with her fur!