Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Modern Christmas Table Runner Swap

Twas the night 73 nights before Christmas....

And I'm making a start on my modern Christmas table runner swap. I know I know... its waaaay early to be thinking about Christmas, but I seem to have loaded myself pretty heavy for the next month (despite thinking I had loads of breathing space and sure, I could totally fit in another swap or 2.... ).

I wish I could show you my partner's mosaic and walk you through my design process, but that would give the game away wouldn't it? I'll make do with showing you mine...


I've chosen a whole range of things wot I love to give my partner loads of inspiration. Really traditional red and green colours all the way, with a focus on tree's, stars, dresdens, houses... whatever really! Anything vaguely Christmassy will do me just fine!

Now my partner has similar likes... we actually have a few of the same pictures in our mosaics. She likes tree's and traditional colours. She also likes traditional blocks with a modern twist, and hand embroidery (Should I even attempt this??? I know I'm armed with new perle cotton, but it's most definitely a case of all the gear and no idea!). 

In stalking her favourites, I noticed a particular block occuring time and time again. I penned some ideas (well, I guess I actually "moused" some ideas because I did it in paint.net):


Partner likes numero 3 (as I expected), and it just so happens that this block is something of a "laura special" now.... So yes, I'm going to be doing another flying geese circle for a swap. I'm thinking 4 or 5 rings to make a nice long thin one (snigger snigger), with some hand quilting.... I'm going for a really scrappy Christmas feel, so this is my initial fabric pull:



It started with the Christmas prints on the left, and then I dug around in my stash to find reds of a similar tone, and all varieties of green. I kind of want it to look like wreaths, with different leaves and berries in. 



Looking at the pictures now actually,  I think I might lose the lighter red-on-white prints, not sure they really go with the "berry" idea... What do you think?

I went to Ikea last night with my bestie... Yes, its an hour long drive just for fabric and meatballs, but it was totally worth it. I picked up 2 metres of the exact fabric I wanted for the backing and a whole load of other junk which I just deperately needed... of course. 


And just because its so pretty, I stacked up my "Christmas Perle" :


So there we have it. Initial design, fabric pull and thoughts of quilting. If you think you might be my partner and you hate any of this... do tell me now!!!



19 comments:

  1. you dug in your stash and came up with all that? How big is your stash?!! Bet its going to be fabulosa x

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  2. Of course I am your partner and I love it all! That said if im not your partner I think you should send it to me anyway to make up for the serious stash envy you've given me!

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  3. I know I'm not your partner ('cos I'm not in the swap!) but I love your idea and the fabric you've chosen - looking forward to seeing it transfer from screen to fabric!

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  4. I am not anyone but my hubby's partner at the mo'!
    Loving the thought process and the need for IKEA!

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  5. I'm loving all your ideas and fabrics, and I think from your description of your partner it might be me! I hope it is :)

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  6. Love all those selections, including the white and red. I know I'm not your partner because I'm in a different table runner/wall hanging swap lol But I love those geese too, so very jealous!

    Everyone knows that an hour long trip for fabric and meatballs is a necessity, nay, a basic human right!

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  7. it could be me - *waves hand up in the air madly... because I have a few of the same pics as you (ok 3 because I counted lol...) but I can't remember what I chose now - although I do LOVE option 3. Especially as paper piecing and I aren't besties.
    I'm quite stunned at how many of those fabrics I have in my stash as well. Definitely similar taste then :)
    I have pulled fabric (vaguely) but have not thought of any ideas yet *sigh...

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  8. Wow, I love that Ikea fabric! I feel a trip coming on... Your designs look fab - I resisted signing up for that swap and am now wishing I had!

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  9. i think you are going to have one really happy partner. this is going to be gorgeous

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  10. Yippee! Another Laura Special. It is going to go down a treat. And with the perle too. I can't wait to see it.

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  11. I love circles of geese! Your fabrics look great too!

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  12. Love your designs, esp. the hexie Christmas trees. Yummy fabrics too - they're gonna look fab as geese! Jxo

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  13. i saw your pics over on flickr, they are lovely

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  14. Fabulous here and on Flickr! Go ahead full steam!

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  15. Me, Me, ME! Really, it could easily be me! and I LOVE it! Did I shout that loud enough. And if not, I'm just going to sulk!

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  16. That all looks so much fun! I stood in front of that fabric at Ikea just two days ago. I finally made myself walk away, but it's only 20 minutes away. I might have to go back.

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  17. I love that the circle of geese works like friendly welcoming Christmas wrath garlands. Gonna be fab!

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  18. Laura,where do you buy your pearle from? I really want to try some but can't find somewhere local to buy in the UK

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