Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pumpkin Hexies

I finished up this fall themed table runner yesterday. I love working my free motion quilting magic for this client and her wool applique. She does great work and makes it easy for me to do my thing by having everything nicely stitched, pressed, and ready to go.

quilting pumpkins and hexagons

The hexagons were stitched with continuous curves using rulers and then everything else was done in a swirly thing around the applique and in the white. Nice thicker cotton batting gave the piece good dimension without being too bulky.


As it happens to us all sometimes, I ran out of thread in my bobbin with just this little bit left!

blast that bobbin
  Choosing the thread for the green border was the hardest part of this quilt. It's a sort of camo green with black dots. I kept thinking I had found the perfect shade, but no...

choosing colors

That 5000M cone of Isacord looked like just the thing when I bought it. How long until I use that up?! In the closeup below, you can see that the winning color was actually brown!

choose thread carefully

 Thread colors will fool you on the spool. You've got to lay them across the fabric to see how they'll look.


The backing was a nice flannel. This was a first for me, but it worked out perfectly.


I decided to use white in the bobbin for the white are around the hexies and the fuzz of the flannel really subdues the color difference.

quilting back

That's my last customer project on hand. Now to choose a new project and the list is insanely long, plus there's my sweet girl dying for mama-made clothes (Will that continue once she start going to public school this fall?) and some samples and things to make for the shop (www.sewsimple.biz). I want to work on a "show quilt"....maybe. But I also want to do something smaller and fun. Hubby said I should sew on something fun and just for myself this past Sunday and I couldn't think of anything. Gotta watch that, I don't want to lose my enjoyment of quilting!

17 comments:


  1. I like this runner & what you did with this. Someday the fall quilt I want will get to the top of the pile.

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  2. This is beautiful!! I love the original and love what you have done too. Thank you for lots of good clear photos!

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  3. It looks so nice! Love the way you quilted it!

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  4. you deserve working on something just for you now - you husband is right! You do not want to loose sight of why you quilt in the first place, although it sure is nice when the kiddos still want mumma made! This runner looks great!

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  5. The table runner is simply georgous! You can see the love put into it by you and the client without even touching it!!
    Your hubby is right, make something for yourself...something colorful and lots of your fmq guilting in it.

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  6. The runner is gorgeous and your quilting just enhanced it even more!

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  7. Such a luscious runner. I like her hexie center and those black birds. And of course your quilting is superb. Thanks for the tip on choosing thread. I invite you to link the runner to Hexie Weekend.

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  8. Your quilting is always beautiful. Great job. Wish I had you talent. I have been quilting some of my quilts using my walking foot and I enjoying it. I am working on my FMQ. Don't seem to get the coordination together. Practice,practice I know. I plan to conquer it. Enjoy you blog.

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  9. Congratulations on enhancing this runner beautifully with your quilting.

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  10. You did a wonderful job stitching and enhancing the looks of the quilt.

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  11. This is a gorgeous runner, made even more so, by your quilting. You're so right about thread, on the spool. I think there's actually a virus that affects quilters and causes us to make "insanely long lists". I hope there's no cure.

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  12. Can you tell me if there is a pattern for this awesome table runner? I would LOVE to make this! Thanks so much in advance for your help :)

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    1. I don't know the pattern. I suspect it is a Primitive Gatherings pattern, but I do know that she changed it to include the cotton hexies. It was supposed to be wool in the center.

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    2. I designed that pattern. I just saw it on Pinterest and it led me to your blog Amy. How exciting to see it done a bit differently than how I did it originally. You are right, the original was done with wool hexies. You did a beautiful job on the quilting, it really made the piece even more amazing.
      The pattern can be found on my website at www.sewcherished.com or I can be contacted at dawn@sewcherished.com.

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    3. Thanks Dawn! A lovely pattern and I'm glad to know who created it.

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  14. This is a beautifully made table runner from a gorgeous pattern that is made even more beautiful by your quilting!

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