This is the second table runner I made from a left-over prairie braid strips. I make my strips from pieces that are cut 1.5 ” by 4.5 inches. I put light on one side of the braid and dark colors on the other side of the braid. To create a runner with a solid strip down the centre, I need to make two braid with a mirror image – meaning one with dark on the right side and one with dark colors on the left side so that when they are joined together, they make a braid of the darker values while the light side frames the braid.
I bordered these autumn colors with a warm brown print and bound it with a metallic gold leaf print. The runner is quilted in the centre with a small stipple meander in a YLI variegated threads in autumn colors. The border is quilted with a leaf motif, adding to the autumn theme of the runner.
The finished runner will go into my stash of gift items. I love the convenience of being able to pull a hand made gift from my collection of finished items whenever I need a gift. Having lots of finished items allows me to indulge my generous impulses to bless someone with an unexpected gift. It also allows me some choice, making it easier to select a runner or table topper that best suits the home of my recipient.