Monday, August 3, 2015

August ALYOF Goal - It's About Time!

It's about time is right.  I put this great table runner together last fall and had every intention of getting the leaves machine appliqued so I could get it quilted and bound.  But did that happen? Nope.

But I'd really like to use it this year so I know if I make it my August goal, I'm more likely to get it done.  I toyed with the idea of stitching the leaves down with my long arm.  Has anyone tried that? Maybe the points of the leaves are too small.  The largest leaves are just 5 inches across. Hmmm.  Decisions, decisions. What would you do?

Quilting with a smile,



  1. Yes, you can! :) Gina Perkes has a great Youtube video - no piece is too small :) I took a class from her on this technique however in the class we were using domestic machines. It is a beautiful runner!

  2. What a pretty runner. I have one that I need to finish also. Maybe I will get it done too. :)

  3. I have done it also. I have just done a raw edge, getting the stitching close (but not too close) to the edge. More like a thread detail - then you can also detail the veins. With it being batik, you won't have a lot of fraying issues.

    Whatever you choose will look great!

  4. It's beautiful! I am no help at all with the quilting/machine applique, as my confidence at those is just not there, but your runner is gorgeous! Good luck with your finish!

  5. I'm almost always sorry when I don't turn the edges....but then again am happy to finish fast! Either way, it will be lovely b/c of the fabrics and beauty of the leaves.

  6. Those leaves look great! I don't really applique so I am no help. Sorry!

  7. I am amazed!!! This is so beautiful!! I love the fabrics and colors you used. I would be proud to have a runner like these on my table. I will come back to see it finished.

  8. What a beautiful Fall runner!

  9. I put some leaves like that on a couple of sweatshirt cardigans I made several years ago. I free-motioned the stems and veins on the leaves, then 'thread painted' the leaves with back-and-forth free-motion sewing across the edges with a coordinating variegated thread. They turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself! :o)

    1. That sounds lovely! I think I'll try some variegated thread, too!

  10. Just beautiful Barb -- I can't wait to see what you decided to do with the applique. It will look lovely on your table top. xo -- Karen

  11. Batiks are beautiful for a fall quilt!! Your leaves catch the perfect beauty of Fall!!!


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