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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Here is a close-up of some free-motion quilting in progress on my new table runner pattern, Diamond Twist, coming out this fall! I am still continuing the hand embroidery, and machine quilting around it and within the flower petals was so much fun! I love the dimensionality it brings out - really makes that flower pop to life!
I do things a bit differently than most, I suspect: I first pieced the runner, then basted the batting in place, so I could hand-embroider the flowers with a bit of cushion behind them. Next, I machine quilted, then removed the basting stitches, and trimmed the quilt so it was ready for binding.

When this runner is constructed, you get these fun little bonus units, and with just a little extra patchwork, you can create these bonus blocks, also with a twisted look - aren't they cool? Totally worth a little extra work and make great coordinating pieces!
The blocks resemble a traditional pattern called Bethlehem Star.