I made a decision regarding the table runners that has been a huge time saver. I decided not to bind them, but to sew them envelope style I put the two sides right sides together with the batting in the middle and sewed all around the edge and then turned it rightside out. I have a nice finished edge, batting inside, and no time consuming binding to cut out, sew on and hand tack down. I do still need to do some minimal quilting on the runners, but I don't think that will take long.
They look kind of busy, all together on the floor like that in the picture, but one at a time, they are pretty and have the essence of some holiday feel, but not overwhelmingly so. I think they work for Christmas, but could be used other times of the year as well. Picture one on a table with some candlesticks and sage or burgundy candles--nice.
The mug rugs also need to be quilted. I did one to see how it would go, and it is super fast to stitch in the ditch around the block. I have one more set of four in this red and white combo to finish up this morning.
I found a layer cake of a Sandy Gervais collection called Adoring that I cut up yesterday to make more mug rugs. Adoring is definitely a Christmas group, which will appeal to those folks who are looking for that. I just used the reds, greens and creams. I don't know why designers are so keen to throw in turquoise or aqua into a Christmas collection. It just does not work for me!
Next up are the zippy bags. I am still waiting for my zippers to arrive by mail. With the postal holiday yesterday, they are delayed. I will do what I can to prep everything up to the point of putting in the zippers, so I will be good to go when they finally do get here. Wish me luck! I want to get all this accomplished by Friday. Don't even ask me what my house looks like. Oh, and wash my hair? Forget about it. I am a sewing fool.