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    Quilting suggestions...

    I have made this table runner for my mother-in-law's christmas gift. I need some quilting suggestions please! I am not good at free motion quilting so that's out. I thought to stitch in the ditch but then I thought that might be too generic. What do you think?
    P.S. don't mind my polka dot socks! (I love wacky socks!)
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    Beautiful table runner.....what came to my mind is maybe echo quilt in and around the center then stitch in the ditch.

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    What about the middle as a poinsetta and then curling ribbons and holly leaves in the red and green bands go out from the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aubrey'sQuiltingCreations View Post
    What about the middle as a poinsetta and then curling ribbons and holly leaves in the red and green bands go out from the middle.
    Your suggestion sounds perfect! That runner is certainly a beauty!
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    The curling ribbons and holly leaves sound too complex for someone who is not wanting to do FMQ, though it would be pretty. I agree with the first post, I thought an echo quilt (but inside the center, like 1/4 inch inside the red) and SID on the green/red straight pieces. It is a lovely runner, even if you do just SID it, it will be beautiful!!!

    Love the socks!
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    I love wacky socks too! As for the quilting on your beautiful runner, if you are not comfortable with fmq then do either Stitch in ditch or you could mark straight lines how you would like and just quilt on the marked lines. Any thing you do she will love it!

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    Very pretty. How about the echo quilting and then down the middle of the stripes?
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    I think stitch in the ditch is entirely appropriate. The design of the table runner can stand alone. I love it.

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    Just beautiful; love both the design and the colors. Would you share the pattern with us? Thanks

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    I think stitch in the ditch. That is what I did on a similar one. It helps it lay flat. It is a lovely runner

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfletcher View Post
    I think stitch in the ditch is entirely appropriate. The design of the table runner can stand alone. I love it.
    Agree 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947 View Post
    Beautiful table runner.....what came to my mind is maybe echo quilt in and around the center then stitch in the ditch.
    That's what I'd do if it were mine. You did a beautiful job making it. Best wishes with whatever you decide to do.

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    I definitly think stitch in the ditch would work beautifully....and by the way the topper is gorgeous....Trish

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    The center block is a desert corsage found at quilter's cache http://www.quilterscache.com/D/DesertCorsageBlock.html.
    I was inspired by this pattern from quilting bug http://quiltbug.com/free/table-topper.htm, however the 9 1/2" strip was too short after adding the first 9 1/2" strip. With trial and error, I increased the strip size to 11 1/2" because I did not want to cut off the points of the center block. If you replace the 9 1/2" increments for strips in the pattern with 11 1/2" strips you will be good to go. Other than that one change I followed the pattern exactly. There is some waste at the end but I rather waste a little fabric than cut off the tips of my center block that I paper pieced.

    Thank you for all of the suggestions. I am glad that stitch in the ditch won't be too generic. I am going to echo quilt the center "Flower" and then stitch in the ditch. I would love to get better with fmq but this project is not one to practice on. If you have any questions feel free to private message me.

    Thanks again,
    ~Alicia

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    I just wanted to say the table runner is beautiful. I'm such a novice I'd have to echo quilt by hand the center flower. I hope you'll post a picture of the finished product.

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    SID is appropriate. You can draw on paper or plastic to figure out how you may want to embellish it further.
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    I think stitch in the ditch would be fine. Beautiful runner.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Your table runner is beautiful! I truly think stitch n the ditch is the way to go on this one. Hand stitching would look nice too!

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    Stitch in the ditch would be great. You want to showcase your lovely piecing work!

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