I finished the last of the floor pillows for my niece and her husband and have moved on to designing the table runners I will be making as Christmas gifts.
I am basing my designs for the table runners on the fabric I picked out; only one piece of fabric for each table runner. The piece of material I picked out for each runner is the inspiration fabric and will be joined by other fabrics as the design evolves.
I already shared with you that I was creating my embroidered blocks for the runners and am almost finished with that task, but now I am working on the runners construction design (how the blocks be assembled) and on stitch design (what decorative and/or quilting stitches will I use?). The two runners I have left to design will use the gingerbread man fabric and the snowman fabric.
Did you notice that each fabric has a recipe area? I am considering using those words to go around the border of the runner or make a separate block with those words as the focal point. What a terrific way to use the programming/sequencing capabilities on your machine! Did you also notice that each fabric has hearts and uses a cross stitch motif? These are great ideas to use when looking at the decorative stitch options you have on your machine. I have a picture of my machine’s decorative stitches that I have downloaded from the online owner’s manual which I can take to the store with me.
I just have to reference the pictures of the stitches I have on my machines and I can get a good idea of what I might want to do, guiding my fabric choices almost as much as the fabric’s color and texture. I hope you are coming up with some original design ideas using the stitches on your machine for your sewing this week!