Several of my runners and place mats were made a few years ago, when I first started quilting, before I had a blog. This was a kit called "Hot and Spicey" - the pattern was designed by Hilary Gooding. This was bought as a kit from the Lady Sew and Sew booth at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, 2006 and uses a fabulous range of "Zanzibar" fabrics by Makower UK. The circles were fused into place using steam-a-seam-lite and then machine appliqued using a blanket stitch and a variegated YLI quilting thread. I then quilted curvy lines along the length and width of the runner. When I made the place mats, I quilted a circular spiral around the appliqued circles. I had been quilting for about a year when I made these, and they're still looking great! Oh and if any of you want to make one of the runners, the pattern is available as a free download from the Popular Patchwork website over here http://www.popularpatchwork.com/news/article/hot-and-spicy/5044
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