Medallion Table Runner

It is seeding time here on our farm so I haven’t had much time at my sewing machine. I have been able to finish up this table runner that I started… eek !… a few years ago !

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I know, it’s a blurry, terrible picture. Sorry ’bout that, the others I took are worse.

The block was a free tutorial by the women at Sew Kind of Wonderful using their Quick Curve Ruler. I spent a few minutes looking around their site but I think they have taken the tutorial down. As I said… I made these blocks quite sometime ago 🙂 .

This table runner measures approximately 17.5″ by 53″. The tutorial was well written and the block was not too hard to do – curves and all but I just decided that I didn’t have enough other fabrics to continue to make an entire quilt. It’s really too bad my photography and my camera are lacking. The centre fabric reminds me of middle eastern tile work, the purple bordering the centre has quite a bit of depth as it is multi tonal and the cream on the outside has a shimmery brushstroke pattern floating over it.

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I quilted most of the runner by stitching in the ditch and then did a small stipple in the middle part of the medallion – yes ladies – that’s me being wild and crazy !

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Above is a close-up of the backing fabric. I purchased the fabric at a local shop but I have done this technique on silk many many times. The fabric is stretched on a frame and lightly wet with water then areas are painted with dye and salt is sprinkled randomly across the fabric. Since salt is hydroscopic; it draws moisture to it, the pattern emerges as the fabric dries.

In other news – There is quite a lot of smoke in the air here these last few days from the wildfires at Fort McMurray, Alberta. We are just over 400 miles south east of there. Fort McMurray is a city of aprox. 62,000 people that has been evacuated due to devastating fires that have done a tremendous amount of damage in the area. The pictures on the news leave no doubt how large of an area is involved, scary ! Have you heard of the fires ? As a social experiment, please leave a quick “yes” and rough idea of where you are in the world if you have heard – the comment button is on the left at the top of this post by the date.I’m just kind of curious how far some of this news travels.

Thanks for having a look, I’ll be linking up with Amanda over at CrazyMomQuilts.

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28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Abigail @ cut&alter
    May 06, 2016 @ 12:44:17

    Lovely – you must be very happy that you finally finished it! I bought that ruler a while back and still haven’t used it ….

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    • Colleen
      May 07, 2016 @ 07:07:00

      It is good to get another WIP off the ‘list’ ! I see they have another tutorial up on their site called Chic Stars – maybe another table runner will be in the works over here 🙂

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  2. Paulette Morgan
    May 06, 2016 @ 12:51:48

    Rochester, NY – Hope the fires subside soon.

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  3. allisonreidnem
    May 06, 2016 @ 12:59:07

    The terrible wild fire – first hint of it in UK news bulletins a couple of days ago. Yesterday there was a BBC reporter ‘on the ground’ and coverage lasting at least 5 minutes of the 25 minute main evening news. Coverage has continued today.

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    • Colleen
      May 07, 2016 @ 07:10:17

      That is interesting the BBC is giving it so much coverage. I saw on the news last night that damage estimates are at 100 million for Fort McMurray. I think the wind has shifted now and the fire is still ranging but it is in the direction of dense forest and away from population.

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  4. allisonreidnem
    May 06, 2016 @ 13:02:40

    Your table runner looks very classy. The exotic print and deep colours along with the curved piecing all work together very well. My husband will be in Cairo next week – I imagine your runner would fit well in a hotel there ☺

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    • Colleen
      May 07, 2016 @ 07:11:23

      Thanks Allison. Cairo ! That would be cool !

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      • allisonreidnem
        May 12, 2016 @ 13:50:03

        He’s been skyping us and says the traffic in the city is crazy – every vehicle is dented and people dodge about the queues of cars, last night there was a family riding three camels across the traffic lanes! He has had a glimpse of the pyramids but will be home tomorrow just in time to miss a predicted heatwave and strong winds carrying desert sands.

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      • Colleen
        May 13, 2016 @ 06:45:21

        What an experience ! If money were no object I would love to do more traveling.

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  5. Diann Bottrell
    May 06, 2016 @ 14:00:53

    Yes, in Colorado we’ve been following the wildfire news pretty closely. Pretty tablerunner!

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  6. Tami
    May 06, 2016 @ 17:11:26

    This is lovely!! I have heard about the fires, but it was through a blog or two. Not watching/reading any world news right now, as I am in the hospital with my 10 year old. Prayers for all those affected.

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  7. TAMMY L STACK
    May 06, 2016 @ 17:36:54

    Dont worry about your photos! It is Gorgeous with a capital G!

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  8. Debby
    May 07, 2016 @ 03:05:12

    We are following the fires closely as we have many wildfires burning in Nothern BC as well. I am heading to quilt retreat on Monday and will work on a few quilts to send rsvp15@shaw.ca

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  9. terri m
    May 07, 2016 @ 08:32:08

    Singapore hopes the fires are out soon!

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  10. Dawn
    May 07, 2016 @ 10:02:18

    Yes. We’re following the fires in Seattle.

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  11. Liz
    May 08, 2016 @ 00:43:03

    Yes. On our news. Arundel, West Sussex, UK

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  12. Barbara Johnson
    May 08, 2016 @ 21:11:25

    , Yes, we are kept updated daily on our local news station here in Mesa, Arizona.

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  13. Frieda
    May 09, 2016 @ 08:39:11

    Yes. News keeps us updated in Houston, Texas

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