The runner was quick to cut and sew, and the little bit of applique was so relaxing to sit and stitch. I had so much fun quilting it. It's supposed to look a bit like snow falling from clouds and settling between the trees.
The space between the stars and tree trunks had me stumped for a while, but after a sketching a few options, I went for this long swirl design, and I like it! The scale is tiny. There's just a couple of millimetres between the lines of quilting.
Prior to any quilting on the runner though, I made a little mini quilt to trial a design on. I got VERY frustrated quilting this because my thread kept breaking. I think it was because I had the feed dogs down... It may sound odd, but my machine seems to prefer free-motion quilting with the feed dogs up and my stitch length set to zero. I've had no trouble with thread breaking since.
The reason there are some wavy lines in with the swirls is because of that thread-break issue. I thought the thread might cope better with lines than swirls. I was wrong though - it still broke.
The pattern for this runner AND the mini quilt (all in the one pattern) is now available in my Craftsy store, here.
It's for a limited time only at the moment. There are new EU VAT laws that I need to comply with coming into effect January 2015, so I will need to close my pattern store from 1st January till I have it figured out. Silly, really, to have to consider EU VAT when I'm in Australia and don't even earn enough to register to pay GST to my own government. But who says laws have to make sense?