Fall table runner is finished.

The fall table runner is finished and I think it looks ok.  When I added the oatmeal colored border it really helped pull it all together.  It gives your eye a place to rest among all the busyness of the patterned fabric. The dark brown binding really finished off the runner by framing the entire mini quilt.  It think it was a good choice.  I also decided to try my hand at free motion quilting. I traced a stencil on the middle portion and then just did a rounded zig zag down the sides.  It’s far from perfect but for the first time I felt it was acceptable and not so bad I had to rip it out and start again.  I figure it’s on the table for only a month or two and no one really looks at the stitching but only the overall effect.  I know this is how people get better at a skill but I was lamenting to a friend that it’s hard to admit that at my age I’m really just a beginner.  When people get older I think there is a tendency to think you should be able to master a skill the first time and not have to start at the bottom of the skill level.  Sort of a humbling reminder I guess.  I did have great fun doing the free motion quilting however and really look forward to finishing more projects so I can do it again.  I think it’s time to finish up the x’s and o’s quilt and see how I do on that one.

Fall table runner

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