Hello Everyone! It’s time for the November Minis and More Parade hosted by Sherri and Michele. October’s Theme was Christmas, Christmas presents or minis. I didn’t have to think too hard because I had recently picked up a new table runner pattern.
Christmas Jars by The Pattern Basket was a quick and fun table runner to make.
I had recently cut out the County Fair quilt pieces using Fig Tree’s Christmas Figs fabrics, so I used leftover scraps for the some of the trees. Other tree fabric includes scraps from Moda Christmas lines and Nancy Halvorsen. The jar tops are Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille and the top portion of the jar fabric is Sugar Plum Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda. The snow fabric at the bottom is a white swirl from my stash. The stem fabric was from a small piece of Nancy Halvorsen fabric. The red borders and green binding are also Christmas Figs fabric.
It was easy to decide on the quilting design for the jars, a little harder for the borders. The snow is quilted with McTavishing lines and the top is quilted with a little swirl and a snowflake thrown in every once in a while for fun. Because the jars are different sizes, it was harder to decide what to quilt at the top of them. I finally went with a wavy line. The borders are quilted with ribbon candy, appropriate for a Christmas quilt.
I did have a slight problem though. The long borders were a little wonky so I blocked the table runner before adding the binding. I pinned the edges on a blocking mat I have for knitted items, then sprayed the edges with water until they were saturated. The blocking worked really well and my borders were straight, but something bled onto the back. I’m not sure if is the fabric or the thread. I used Aurifil 50 wt for the quilting and I spray all the time when I’ve marked a quilt. I’ve had this happen one other time. I was also using red thread on a red fabric. That one bled through to the front so I washed it with color catchers and was able to get most of the dye out. I plan on using Christmas Jars this holiday season, then I’ll wash it after Christmas to see what happens. (Note: the dark spot is the phone shadow).
I had fun making Christmas Jars and plan on using it as a table runner. I can fill my Mason Jars with holiday décor and make a pleasant display. I think it would also look great hanging on the wall above a small table or chest. Either way, I will enjoy using Christmas Jars this Holiday Season.
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