Wednesdays Are For . . . Quilting?

I have no new knitting to show you. I do, however, have new quilting to show you because I finally finished the table runner for the living room coffee table. And also, 2 short runners for the end tables in there.

red table runner 3 for carole knits

You may recall that I had trouble with the maths on these. I originally thought I’d follow this pattern. Easy-peasy, basically a rail fence.  I went through my scraps and pulled out all of my reds and and started planning. But then I decided that I didn’t want to cut 1.5 inch strips so I cut 2 inch strips instead. And I happily went along and sewed my 2 inch by 5 inch strips into 2s and then 4s. And then I pressed them. And that’s when I realized that I didn’t have squares, I had rectangles.

Whoops.

red table runner 2 for carole knits

I set the whole thing aside and went downstairs and sulked for a while at my own stupidity. And then the next day I looked at it again and realized that I could cut 2×6.5 inch strips and attach those strips to the side of each rectangle and then I would have the square I should have had in the first place. My plan took more time than this would have if I had done it right in the first place but at least it was a plan. My friend Lois would call this a design decision.

And you know what? I wound up liking this variation even better.

red table runner for carole knits

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Comments

  1. Mary K. in Rockport says

    How pretty. And, by the way, thank you for blogging so regularly. Hardly anyone else is anymore.

  2. Debbie says

    Your table runner is beautiful! I like the colors and the free motion quilting. Although I have been quilting for years, I still haven’t tried free motion quilting on a completed project…maybe someday!

  3. says

    Those are FANTASTIC!!! I need some fall table runners and this simple design is so classic! You picked beautiful fabrics too :-)

  4. Manise says

    I like your accidental iteration much better! Love the free-motion quilting too. Has lobes like oak leaves through out. Beautiful!

  5. Kimberly says

    Those are great! I love the colors. I’ve just gotten into quilting myself and I love to see other people’s projects.

  6. says

    we call them “features” in my knitting classes, but we usually don’t end up with something that’s better than the original – these pieces are gorgeous! did you do the quilting too? I love it (all)!