Right now, I am running the second round of the Table Talk Swap on Flickr. We are exchanging table toppers or table runners to our partners size specifications and including the colors they requested. I decided to make a rose garden for my partner using Rosie's Rose paper pieced pattern by Piece by Number. Each block finishes at 6" square so I thought eight would be the minimum number I could get away with for a runner. They took longer than I expected but choosing different fabrics for each rose kept me interested.
The finished quilt top seemed to beg for free motion quilting so I gathered my courage and set to it. I made a swirl from the center of each rose to the outermost petal. Then I stitched veins inside of each leaf.
I decided to do an all over meandering vine pattern throughout the background. I love the way it softens the lines of the paper piecing and sashing so that your eye is drawn to the roses.
This shot is a little blurry but it shows off the lovely texture!
I used the same three green prints for all the leaves but used them randomly. I used one of those prints for the binding to pull it all together.
I hope my partner enjoys this runner. I think it will be wonderful for spring and summer.