Remember this UFO? Using some of my favorite Mary Engelbreit fabrics, and a block from the Farm Girl Vintage book:
Here it is, all quilted and bound:
(I do love me a polka dot binding!) I love the crinkly look of the runner, too, after washing it!
I went WAY outside my comfort zone here, with new free motion quilting attempts. New to me, at any rate! I was encouraged by our sweet friend, QuiltShopGal, to use a mandala motif in the center blocks.
That blew me away at first . . . I looked up the term and was seeing all kinds of Super. Duper. Intricate. Stuff.
But then she assured me that a very simple design could still be called a mandala, and would fill those blocks nicely.
So, with fear and trepidation, and knees knocking in my knickers (like that alliteration?), I tried it out. Here is one of the blocks, seen from the front.
And here is one, seen from the back of the runner:
I mucked about with the contrast on this one, so you could see one of my feathers . . . kinda proud of how those turned out!
Here is a link to a video that helped me with the feathers. Karen Miller explains and demonstrates the "bump back" feathers. Thanks, Karen!
Now it's time for a Kale and Banana smoothie and I'll sit back and admire my new runner!