I’m showcasing another one of the Lewes sewing Bees projects this week – this beautiful Liberty Table Runner has been made by Anne Commin (you can see her on @anagrananne on Instagram). She’s used a selection of fabrics from the ‘Butterfly Garden’ exclusive collection.
I absolutely love the use of Anna’s Garden Teal – a hint in the binding and leaves on the table runner front, then beautifully backed in it too. The softer colours of Felicite, Danjo, Mini Edenham, Strawberry Thief and two Wiltshire colour ways from the collection are perfect for the apples.
Anne tells us about the sewing project here:
What drew you to the specific fabrics from the collection?
“For the table runner and I needed harmonious, reasonably bright prints to stand out against a nice white linen Gill (one of the other Bees) bought months ago in Brighton and which all the Bees can use whenever they fancy. The minute I saw ‘Anna’s Garden’ I knew it would make a fabulous keynote. So I ordered loads of it and a stack of FQs. It’s always better to get a bit more than you calculate. That way you free yourself up to play and enjoy designing and making. Too much fabric constraint is frustrating and often ends with compromising when you really don’t need to. Any leftovers get stashed or, in this case, incorporated into another project immediately (gorgeous bags to be shown in the next few weeks).”
Did you use a pattern for your table runner?
“The Pears table runner has been in my head for ages. Years ago I bought a printed runner from Ikea which I loved so much I quilted and bound it. It had outsize, jazzy pears on which made such a nice change from apples. Nothing beats a great big, ripe Comice pear in season, specially those spectacular ones with a blob of red sealing wax on the end of the stalk. So, this is my own celebration of pear loveliness. I don’t know who designed the Ikea fabric but their printed pears went straight up and down. My applique pears all tilt and have leaves so I could put some more Anna’s garden on the front to give a pause between prints. It was so much fun finally getting round to designing something that I have been meaning to make for ages.”
Do you love the finished table runner?
“Yep. Can’t wait to get it back and use it.” I’ll send it back really soon I promise…
I can imagine this being used indoors as well as outdoors. The vibrancy of the colours will brighten any table. Anne’s appliquéing is super neat too – she’s matched all of the threads to the best colour for the fabric which gives a really great finish to the table runner.
I hope that this inspires you to make something new using our exclusive range of Liberty fabrics. There are lots of other projects from the Lewes Sewing Bees coming up over the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share them with you.