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The Abundance Table Runner was a fun pattern to sew; of course I loved it because it’s Quilt As You Go. I love the fact that once I’m done sewing I can just bind it and be done. I really liked the tree design and since it’s done in our Limited Edition Fall/Winter Batiks I had fun fussy cutting the leaves. I was able to get so many different colors and parts of the design so the leaves are all so varied. It adds so much interest.

I just fused the leaves on and didn’t even sew them down. (Ok, I admit I was a little afraid I would screw up the photo sample.) I will probably just either sew down the middle to make it look like a leaf vein or around the edge of the leaves so I can wash it if I need to. By just fusing the leaves the whole runner only took me an afternoon from cutting to binding.  Since I sewed the photo sample they used for the catalog, once I turn it in it goes through photography, then lives in Customer Service for a little while in case people call in with questions, then finally comes home with me. I took it home last night and put it on one of our storage units that has my son’s toys in it. He saw it and said “Oh Mommy, this is for me?! Thank you!” Then came over and gave me a big hug. I patted myself on the back and thought I must be doing something right if he, at age 4, is appreciating quilted items!!

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Comment by Catherine/TX on September 23, 2013 at 9:17am

Nice job!!!  I really like the idea of "quilt as you go"

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 21, 2013 at 7:50am

Teri, Isn't it fun to see our children delight in simple things?  You ARE doing something (most likely many things) right.  They see what is important to us and that, in turn, becomes something of value to them.

One year when  my son was about 8, he visited a cousin who had received a windfall of store-bought toys/video games/etc at Christmas.  When he came home, he was very sad.  I mistakenly thought he felt sad that he'd not scored as well, but he was lamenting how badly he felt for his cousin because "he didn't get a single hand made gift."  I knew then that even though we didn't lavish expensive gifts on our kids, they still felt lavished with love in our hand made gifts.  

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