The other day I told you I would finally be completing a long overdue project which featured my "Tea Shelf" stitchery design.
Back in 2015 I decided it would be lovely to embroider a stitchery onto two corners of this crochet edged vintage cloth and then display it on a quilted fabric background to create a pretty table runner., but it was packed away and too long forgotten...
On Saturday while Mr E continued working on the Jeep repairs I set my hands to following through on this plan.
I chose fabric from an older Tilda range for the table runner background. It was perfect for machine quilting a cross-hatch design because I was able to use the little spots as 'guide' lines...and besides, it's probably one of my favourite fabrics of all time so it deserved to be used for something special.
Once the quilting was done I carefully centred the embroidered cloth over the table runner and pinned it on before machine sewing in place along the crochet edge.
Choosing the right binding print was not easy and I almost put the runner aside until I could go shopping for something appropriate, but then, as I was hunting through my limited fabric stash I found one fat quarter of a soft teal blue check which looked perfect...
Some days things just work out don't they?!
Rosie Heather is coming for a visit on Wednesday so my new "Tea Shelf" table runner will get to display it's sweetness for her...
I made another table runner on Saturday, a very simple one using pretty blue and white floral cheater fabric I found on sale at Spotlight last week. It's a gift for a friend who loves blue and white and only took me two hours to make from start to finish.
I machine quilted double lines between the little squares which makes it looked like I've spent all day doing patchwork when in fact everything I did was easy and quite relaxing.
The backing and binding are simple white homespun and I machine sewed the binding down, another time saver. To be honest, since I taught myself to machine-bind I've been hooked on it!
It turned out very pretty if I do say so myself, and I hope my friend likes it too.
I've put aside some other projects I'd like to finish in the weeks ahead because there's a great deal of satisfaction to be had in completing a UFO, but I'm also open to making simple 'in-a-day' projects too, like the blue and white table runner.
Two finishes in a weekend has made me quite happy with myself.
Maybe I'll carve out some time every week to finish one more UFO?
What did you make this weekend?
The "Tea Shelf" stitchery pattern can be found here.