In the stash of Asian fabrics I got from a friend’s sale was this lovely red on cream print. The print reminded me of the Christmas balls that you might have on a Christmas tree. I got the idea then of doing an Asian inspired Christmas table, but it took quite a while to settle on how to use this fabric. The large motif didn’t lend itself to cutting up, so the decision to use it in one piece was easy. But what to do with a border was a challenge.
I had this idea of varied size rectangles in a pattern, but no matter what I tried, it distracted from the center print. I was going for a stained glass look to the border with this one, but it still was too much. I didn’t want the border to pull focus away from the center print.
Even a simple three strip border with black – green – black was too much.
I lined up the three colors I had to play with next to the print and tried to come up with another idea.
Sometimes simple is better, so I just decided to do a plain border of just one print. I began auditioning the fabrics that I originally chose for the border one at a time. Here is the gold.
Then the black,
and finally the green.
I went back and forth, did a stand and stare for more days than I wanted. Every time I went back to this project, I changed my mind as to which I liked best. So, I finished quilting and binding a Carolina Hurricane Quilt. Now, running out of time for my deadline to get it done, it was time to bite the bullet and make a decision. The green won for several reasons. There is no black in the print, and it drew too much attention away from the center. The gold was too light, again drawing the eye away from the center. The green picked up the green in the print, and made a nice accent without drawing too much attention. I went with a narrower border than I originally planned too, as all I really wanted was a frame for this pretty print.
It was quilted on the longarm, with the Geisha pantograph in golden brown Glide thread as once again it echos a motif in the print like it did for my Sakura Tsuki Art Quilt.
In the bobbin is Bottom Line, and the batting is Warm and Natural cotton. I put a Christmas print on the back to make it reversible.
It is bound in the same green print.
Some handwork to attach the binding to the back, and it is done.
The Asian Table Runner will be the focus of an Asian Inspired Christmas Tablescape on Friday. Nothing like a blend of cultures to make something new!
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