Whenever I'm back in my hometown of South Boston, Virginia, I try to stop by Toots Creek Antiques Mall. It's located "down by the tracks in Halifax," and I almost always bring something really neat home with me.
My visit this past fall was no exception. I spotted a vintage yellow quilt scrap that I envisioned could be made into a table runner...maybe for my sister for Christmas.
Here's a picture of it...so let me explain what I had to do:
The original owner had cut the quilt into sections to sell--and had cut over into the flower design. You can see part of the blue point surrounding the flower is incomplete.
When my friend Dorothy visited me back in December, she suggested cutting off part of the left border and sewing it to the right side to make the piece look balanced--even though the seam allowance would eliminate even more of the flower design.
A visit to my local quilt shop--Patchwork Plus--yielded the same suggestion as the best solution. The owner helped match a Kona light blue fabric for the binding and placed an order for it.
The Kona bolt didn't arrive until December 21--and my sister had already arrived at my house for her Christmas visit! How would I ever go pick up the fabric and get it finished without her knowing about it on the busy weekend before Christmas!?
Well, somehow it all worked. I normally sew on a table set up in our living room. In this case that was impossible, so Tom set up the table and my machine in our crowded bedroom. I closed the door and got started--hoping my sister wouldn't hear the whirring of the machine. I was hand-sewing on the border on Christmas Eve!
I decided to go with a yellow theme this year just for my sister--she likes yellow things as evidenced by the Yellow Board on her Pinterest site--I LOVE everything on this link!
I wrapped the table runner in yellow paper (we finally found some at Staples Office Supplies) and placed it in another gift I'd found for her on our anniversary trip to Pennsylvania back in August--an antique metal yellow egg basket:
Other gifts in the basket included an antique yellow sugar and creamer similar to the ones she pinned here (along with two yellow bowls), antique yellow salt and pepper shakers, yellow notepad, yellow (lemon) kitchen hand soap from Bath & Body Works, and an antique yellow dipper/ladle.
Here's the label I attached. Hannah smudged it for me to make it look vintage:
I know it's better to give than to receive (and, yes, it was so much fun giving!)...but now I wish this table runner lived at my house! And I'm trying not to even think about that antique egg basket! I've fallen in love with the uniqueness of them both!