About a month ago, I wrote about the runner I planned to make from daiwabo fabric, for the buffet in my dining room; you can see the array of fabrics I started with on that post. Above, you can see the completed runner, along with a painting of the Hotel de Sens in Paris by our friend Rick Ortner.
The runner was made using Amy Walsh's pattern, "Get in Line" (from American Patchwork & Quilting, June 2012). Below is a closeup that shows the binding and the quilting:
I used bias strips for the binding, because of needing to go around a couple of curves. And since the fabric I choose for the binding was a heavy weave, I made it with single-fold rather than double-fold binding. I haven't used single-fold binding before, but I think I'll choose it again for some projects. The reduced bulk is nice, and it uses up less fabric.
Those nice wavy quilting lines are done with a set decorative stitch (rather than free-motion quilting), a stitch that came built into my new sewing machine. I recently upgraded from my Pfaff Performance 2056 to a Pfaff Performance 5.0. The main impetus to the upgrade was to get enhanced quilting ability, in two ways. 1) The machine has the ability to do very wide decorative stitches, including this wavy one (which can be made wider or narrower, elongated or not). This is a really useful stitch for a fast and easy way to quilt a project. 2) The throat space on the machine (the open space between the needle and the right portion of the body of the machine) is 10"--several inches longer and also higher than on my old machine. This makes it much easier to quilt a larger quilt, as half of the quilt has to be able to scrunch up in that opening when being quilted. These are the features that got me to look at the machine, but in addition, Pfaff did a great job of adding in a lot of very useful features for everyday sewing, without taking away anything I already loved about the Pfaff. I'm very happy with the purchase. For any sewers out there who are interested in the machine, I would recommend this 45-minute video:
The table insert that surrounds the machine is clear acrylic--so the thing that looks like a map behind the machine is actually a reflection in the acrylic of the redbud tree outside my window.
Before I put away the extra daiwabo fabric and strips, I sewed up a little log cabin block, just to see how I would like it. Maybe someday, I'll pull out the fabrics again, and do a table runner from four larger blocks like this. . .