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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashjoy View Post
    I'm not using the suggested variation of colors. I'm using a fat eights bundle I had and I'm loving how it looks. It's bright and cheery. I will have to pick up fabric for the backing.

    I'm so excited, the first half of my runner is done!

    Now that's a pretty one, great for summer fun.

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    Seasaw2, love your runners with the embroidery. Top is done, that was fun and quick! Realized I hadn't thought about the backing yet. Have decided this will be a gift for a friend who's favorite color is purple and she loves lilacs. There is a fabric at JoAnn's with black/lilacs, friend had bought some for recovering her chairs. Would be nice to have that on the back of this runner, but that means a trip up to the big city, so no finishing this today.

    Maybe LQS will have something? Hehe, means I'll have to get out of my pajamas! Might not happen today.
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    Well, I'm way behind in the retreat. The movie last night was good but a little violent. This morning we had to visit a friend, so I was not able to look for any fabric until this afternoon. I am trying something new, I have never used a jelly roll, I found a earth tones roll that I liked on sale at Joann's. I think it goes well with some fabric in my stash. This is going to be a gift for a friend and I thought neutrals would be good, the dark brown is going to be the border. Now to decide on the center, which will be the white on white and two golds, I think I might use the white for the squares also not sure yet. I should have the center done tonight and post a picture when it's done. I still think I will leave the Iron in the basement, I need the stair stepping. Every ones pictures look great, I am really fond of purple, hope mine works as well as yours.

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    This is so much fun! I actually am happy with the way it is turning out. There is more contrast then the picture shows but still fairly muted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dedemac View Post
    Well, I'm way behind in the retreat. The movie last night was good but a little violent. This morning we had to visit a friend, so I was not able to look for any fabric until this afternoon. I am trying something new, I have never used a jelly roll, I found a earth tones roll that I liked on sale at Joann's. I think it goes well with some fabric in my stash. This is going to be a gift for a friend and I thought neutrals would be good, the dark brown is going to be the border. Now to decide on the center, which will be the white on white and two golds, I think I might use the white for the squares also not sure yet. I should have the center done tonight and post a picture when it's done. I still think I will leave the Iron in the basement, I need the stair stepping. Every ones pictures look great, I am really fond of purple, hope mine works as well as yours.
    Dede, I love the colors, also remember you can punch it up a notch with decorative stitches either as your quilting or prior to quilting. I would even be tempted to do decorative stitches with a gold thread like that dark gold you have as the fabric for the center. **just ideas here, of course it will look stunning regardless of what do Great job!

    And btw, it is not a race just a friendly get together to make something pretty enjoy the process, dont worry about the finish line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    This is so much fun! I actually am happy with the way it is turning out. There is more contrast then the picture shows but still fairly muted.
    Oh Emma! I love it! how pretty it turned out

    Am so glad everyone is enjoying the braids. They are horribly addictive but very striking when done. And great for a quick project. Always have those "need something immediately" gifts.

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    To give you an idea how distorted the colors are the blocks are a forrest green not black and the center panel stands out more. It is funny how so many of us are planning out next one. I know this won't be my last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    This is so much fun! I actually am happy with the way it is turning out. There is more contrast then the picture shows but still fairly muted.
    Oh Emma that is so pretty. Can we see a close up of the center block? Is it a panel or embroidery?
    My DH liked mine until he saw yours. LOL Guess I won't hear the end of it until he gets one with more greens and gold. He said his doesn't have to glow either. He just cracks me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashjoy View Post
    I'm not using the suggested variation of colors. I'm using a fat eights bundle I had and I'm loving how it looks. It's bright and cheery. I will have to pick up fabric for the backing.

    I'm so excited, the first half of my runner is done!
    Wow! You sure answered my question! Love LOVE how yours turned out! Well everyone's is gorgeous!!
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    Seasaw: Its just a panel that I have had for a million years. Just trying to use some of the things I already have. Love how yours turned out. Had to laugh at all of your plans for other runners, right there with you. This is so satisfying. I wonder if it would work for a beginner, would love to get my daughter interested.
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    I have my top finished, will try to get a picture posted tomorrow, it is 11pm here and I don't have the energy to work out how to resize the picture to get it to show so that will wait until tomorrow.

    I used a 6 pack of fat quarters my sister bought me for Christmas and I just cut two of them twice so I had a run of 8 on each side, I like how it turned out.

    Carolyn thanks so much for organising this VQR and for posting such clear instructions, I have been wanting to make a french braid quilt for a while now but felt somewhat daunted by it now I think I can give it a go.

    Emma, I am very excited as my daughter is coming round tomorrow for her first ever sewing class. My grandaughter age 8 loves to sew with me and has made several things for her mum. A few weeks ago my daughter said she would like to sew with us and would I teach her. Not sure how far she will get with me as a teacher but I hope she enjoys it and becomes a quilter like her mum.

    Am going to pick out a backing tomorrow, already have the binding, don't think I will get it finished because of sewing with daughter and grandaughter but can finish it off on Monday.

    There are so many lovely variations of this runner, I am in awe of seasaw2much a reversable runner!!! WOW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Seasaw: Its just a panel that I have had for a million years. Just trying to use some of the things I already have. Love how yours turned out. Had to laugh at all of your plans for other runners, right there with you. This is so satisfying. I wonder if it would work for a beginner, would love to get my daughter interested.
    I think it would work for a beginner (maybe need help on binding) and my granddau will be up for Easter so I might cut out some pieces for her so she will have time to sew one up. She's only 8 but loves to sew when she visits, her sewing machine stays at my house since her mom doesn't let her sew by herself. If she's up to it, I will get her some sew time and post the pictures later.

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    But the top matches perfectly
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    Carolyn, I know it's not a race. I probably will not be able to sew until Monday, Husband will be in Indiana then. Love to sew but life gets in the way. I think I will make a 1/2 size runner for my self and full size for my friend. I really enjoy the support on this thread. And the mystery's are fun!

    Emma, it's great I love the flow! I have pieces that I have had for years and don't know what they are for but some day.

    Seasaw, yours is too cool, both sides make me want to smile.

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    Good Morning! I hope everything is going well for everyone. I have a mead tasting to go to mid-day today with my brothers. But will be home after and work on finishing my table runner so pictures to follow.

    Great job to everyone! Guess I will do another cool project for next month, my goal is to get the project done and instructions written BEFORE I post for everyone to join in!

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    I'm behind; however, here are my fabs. The set of 4 will be the braids. The red will be the little squares. The focus fabric will be the center. Washing all but the red right now while hubby is sleeping. He will be cutting my fabric. Fingers crossed he can cut straight. I'm excited about these colors!!! It is the La Bella Fleur line by French General for Moda.

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    Hi everyone,
    My retreat will continue next weekend. I'm traveling a few days this week. Will post when finished.
    Have a good week.

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    Love how everyone's runners are turning out.... I fully intended to participate in this little retreat again...BUT.... when I opened the drawer to choose my fabrics..... there were my fabric bundles for my next spicy spiral table runners.... so I have worked on them today.... but have to stop as company is arriving soon and dinner is ready to cook.... but not on the burners yet. Thanks for planning this little retreat..... I so enjoyed making my bathmat/ picnic table topper last month. (I did make a French Braid quilt & give it to friends a couple years ago.... it's a very dramatic pattern)

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    My table runner is quilted and I am about to put the binding on but have run into problems, can anyone explain how to mitre the corners? Thanks

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    Carolyn: Thank you so much for all your work in getting this organized! I had so much fun and learned a new (to me) and very exciting pattern.

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    My front is finally finished! Now to figure out what to do for the back. Any suggestions for using up my scraps to make the back?

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    I finished my runner, had a slight delay because I ordered the fabric for the back. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. This will be a birthday gift for friend, she has the same fabric as on the back for her dining room chairs. She loves lilacs. Thanks again, Carolyn, this was fun.
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    OMG...that is so very pretty. I love purples also. You did an awesome job on that. Bet it will be beautiful on your table or as a gift to someone you love.

    You did great. Keep up the good work. I envy you being able to do that so well.

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    Lynda, the runner is terrific! It's going to be a wonderful gift.

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