InstructionsI used the snowflake digital designs from Munnich Designs out of Temple, Texas
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Cute, Casual, Whimsical, Holiday
Longarm quilting machine, threads
What was your inspiration?
Granddaughter Audrey wanted to make her mom a Christmas tablerunner, so I designed this simple pattern with no corners to match in construction for her first piecing project. She had so much fun it grew to 104 inches! She talked her GranDude into getting me a longarm quilting machine, so her runner was my guinea pig project. I scaled and stitched each snowflake individually, then filled in the background around them with loops. Each package and ribbon got a different technique by hand so that I could practice. The tube "bows" were top-stitched onto the boxes at the end, then it was bound. She had one leftover box and her paint-pen label, so I pieced it onto the back and made the label a package gift tag. This box couldn't have a bulky bow, so I zig-zagged a red bow on top. Audrey did GREAT work on her very first piecing project, and her mom was surprised and all grins!
What are you most proud of?
getting the perfect piece to learn with: I got to practice so many designs and loved the snowflakes.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Audrey chose to line the gifts up in a row, but for a tablerunner you might consider turning every-other-one around so that people all around the table get a gift facing them. Munnich also had a snowflake pattern which was a long collection of snowflakes all in one - so it might have been easier to stitch that down the upper and lower edges and make smaller gifts in the center. (well, easier for the quilter.)