Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cascading Circles Runner

To celebrate fall, I decided I really needed a new table runner. I was getting pretty tired of my old one, anyway. I didn't really have a lot of time for this, so I decided to do something very simple on the piecing front. As in ... virtually none.

I did a quick search for modern runner inspirations, and found a fabric design with a lot of circles running down in lines. I decided to use that as the inspiration for this runner, as it would be super easy and quick to do, and I can have a lot of fun quilting it too. Also, I've recently fallen in love with fusible applique and my new AccuQuilt cutter is just demanding to be used. The color was a big decision, as it turns out, I couldn't stomach most colors associated with fall. "Earthy colors", as my husband calls them. The only ones I do like, and I like these a lot ... are yellows and oranges. I decided to do a long strip runner with orange / yellow circles running down the center, and black/white/gray circles running down the sides.

I quilted the background with little swirls, as I thought the runner was just asking for it. I quilted inside the applique circles with a many petaled lotus flower. When it comes to the matching thread vs contrasting thread debate, I tend to stand on the side of matching thread, but I realize it's a double-edged sword. On one hand, I have some trouble seeing where I'm going, but on the other hand ... I can't even find my mistakes once I'm done.

I'm very pleased with it. The freedom of fusible applique is that I don't have to figure out how to piece it ... I just glue it!

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