Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lone Pine Christmas Tree Table Runner

I have been wanting to make this table runner called the Lone Pine, since I first got the pattern for it a few years ago. Well I finally got it done. It is made using the X-Block ruler so it makes it faster and easier to assemble. This is another runner I made for my sister.

I stitched in the ditch in around the border fabrics to anchor the runner in place before doing free motion quilting. But it still puckered a bit. I don't know why some of my quilts come out great when quilting and others just don't lie flat and want to pucker! It sure frustrates me when the top looks so good and then after the quilting it doesn't look that great to me. I spend so much time making quilts large and small, and I really hate to ruin it with quilting, but sometimes the puckering doesn't happen until I am well into it. No I won't rip that much quilting out! Besides there is no guarantee it won't pucker the 2nd time around. I hope my sister loves this. Maybe after washing it, it will all pucker and look better. I didn't want to wash it first because it might look like I gave her a used runner?

I made the runner larger with more trees than the pattern called for. Overall I like this runner's look. I quilted the border in a variegated thread.

I actually went in and covered up the white stitching across the trunks by using a brown Sharpie marker, which looks better. Did that after I took these photos.


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7 comments:

  1. Another reason I don't quilt. Trees look lovely.
    All the other quilters celebarate a washing to get it all crinkly. I totally get the conundrum.

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  2. Lovely Table Runner you have created. I like the traditional colors. Excellent idea to use the brown Sharpie on the brown trunks white thread..

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  3. Nice looking runner. While the puckering isn't something that you want, I'm relieved to hear that it happens to the best of us. I quilted a table topper thingie a few months back and was frustrated with one edge of it doing that exactly. Sounds like it could happen for no discernible reason?

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  4. Beautiful runner Daryl, your sister will love it! I never seem to have good stitching in the ditch.....more control when I do freemotion quilting. I'm sure the puckers will disappear in the wash.

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  5. I'm glad I'm not alone with puckering - sometimes for no good reason. I had to smile at you using a brown sharpie to cover the white stitching - have never thought to do that.

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