I am getting really, really close to wrapping up all my Spring swaps. After this one I just have one more to go for my LQG. I don't exactly know how I stumbled upon the Kitchen Goodies Swap but something compelled me to join in the fun. After careful research (AKA blatant stalking) I decided to create a table runner for my secret partner. This was my first table runner and it came together so quick and easy. I really love it. In fact I'm considering creating a simple tutorial for the project. What do you think?
I decided on a simple circle motif using the ever popular color combo or red and aqua with Kona Ash for the background. Then, another first... I decided to quilt it with hand stitching. I have never hand stitched a quilt before. It always seemed too time consuming and difficult to get the stitches to come out just right. After thinking about it I decided there was no better time than the present to step outside my box and just try it. I absolutely swoon over hand stitches and I know I'm not the only one. You know what I discovered? I think I adore hand stitching because hand stitches aren't perfect and they are beautiful because of the imperfection... the humanity if you will that they add to a project. I think I'm hooked!
And because I can't just send along one thing (I have a problem, I know) I whipped up some matching, reversible circular coasters complete with hand stitching.
I rounded out the package with a couple extra goodies and sent it off to my secret partner. I hope she likes it as much as I do!