My long list of kits that I needed to complete has had to wait for a few weeks as I had some secret stitching to complete, but I was finally able to start another one! This kit, Lilla Fristeler (Purple Temptations) is by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa and was bought online form Lappedilla back in 2011. Included in this kit was the pattern, all the fabrics including those for the applique, binding and backing, and the decorative ric-rac trimming. Although I don't actually speak Norwegian, this pattern was clearly illustrated with excellent line diagrams so I was able to follow the instructions quite easily. Lots of cutting and piecing was required for the centre panel and the end panels...
...the pattern included the full size apple templates in reverse which made tracing the shapes very simple. Although the pattern suggested machine applique, I preferred hand applique using the Apliquick method. Once the shapes were traced onto applique paper, they were cut out on the traced lines, fused onto the wrong side of the fabric and the edges turned over to the back of the applique paper. These shapes were then stitched by hand using an Aurifil 80wt thread in a mid-gry shade. The flower stalks were hand embroidered using DMC embroidery thread. Using a pale silver grey Aurifil 40wt thread for free motion quilting around the sheep and flowers. I absolutely LOVE the Moda variegated fabric was is used for the backing! The centre panel and sides were machine quilted in straight lines using a walking foot. Decorative ric-rac trimming was machined in place around all 4 sides of the runner. A narrow single fold binding was used to cover the raw edges - the was machined to the front, a quarter of an inch from the edge, then folded over and stitched by hand to the back of the runner using ladder stitch in a matching thread. Finally one of my pre-printed labels was stitched to the back of the runner...
...and here's my completed runner, all ready to be used on my dining table over the Easter holidays. I'm back on track now as I'd hoped to make at least one kit per month - and this is kit number 4 - as well as a few other projects that seem to have slipped in!
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