Patchwork Quilt Runner Comes Full Circle

patchwork table runner
Felt Circles Patchwork Table
Runner by Michelle Lizcano.

pokey boltonI'm known for my high energy, but sometimes my life gets so busy, I feel like I'm running around in circles. That's when I have to schedule an hour or so in my studio for some artful R&R.

When I saw this patchwork quilt style runner by Michelle Lizcano in the Winter Issue of Stitch magazine, I immediately put it on my list of quilt therapy projects. It combines many of my favorite fiber art techniques: appliqué, hand embroidery, patchwork, and quilting. Plus, it puts those circles squarely where they belong: in a piece of art!

Plus, it's an easy project to break down into stages so I can fit it into my busy life a little at a time.

First, you cut the background squares. Then you appliqué the felt circles onto the squares (the ones you hand stitch with a back stitch or whipstitch can be done while traveling, a bonus for me).

Next, you piece the squares into three columns and then stitch those together. And finally, you attach the batting and backing and edgestitch to finish.

patchwork appliques
Appliqué the circles to the squares using hand embroidery stitches
like backstitch and whipstitch.

You can change the colors to fit a holiday theme or to match your dining room. I happen to like these happy gumball colors.

The patterns for the circles and a diagram for positioning the patchwork pieces are included in this issue of Stitch, along with full directions.

Circles seem to be a theme in this issue, appearing on several home dec, personal accessories, and patchwork projects. If you find yourself running around in circles like me, gather those circles and head to the studio with a copy of Stitch Winter 2011, also available as a digital edition you can download right now.


P.S. I'm curious, which geometric shape do you gravitate toward to use as a quilting motif: circles, squares, or triangles? Leave your answer in the comments section below.

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