Wednesday, October 16, 2019
October is here, along with a new challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors. Make a holiday runner that includes applique. Well, I have had an idea running around my brain this summer so this is the perfect opportunity to bring the idea to life.
I started with fabrics from the Foundations line--Custard and Smoke. The strips were torn along the lengthwise grain of fabric. Because of the tightly woven nature of batik fabric--tearing the strips is easy and quick!!
To keep my seam allowance accurate and straight, I used the seam guide for my 97D foot on the Bernina 790.
Now for the applique. What I thought was going to be a simple addition of letters to the runner, ended up taking me MULTIPLE tries!! But I persisted, because I was going for a specific farmhouse look for this runner. Most of the tries were user error on my part. I was torn between matching the letters to the stripe or making them from the solid black batik.
Using a ruler to align the black solid batik letters across the runner end worked so well!!
Time for the quilting. Aurifil #2315 was the perfect match to Custard.
I chose my go-to design. Walking foot soft wavy lines that overlap!! I should come up with a name for it!!
I wanted this runner to have more of a farmhouse feel than a quilty feel--so a faced binding was just the right choice. Having never tried this technique before, I searched Pinterest and used the tutorial I found HERE.
I am just over the moon excited about the finished runner!!! It came out better than I had even hoped for--so there might be a winter one made too!!
Just a little glimps into my dining room corner. I love how Island Batik fabrics from the Foundations line blend so well with their other lines. Read about the little table topper on the chair HERE.