I've had this tree skirt and tablerunners on my "to do" list for the last year and a half so I'm excited to show them off. The pattern for the tree skirt is from the 2010 Holiday Edition of Fat Quarterly, and it relies on A LOT of applique. The tablerunners match the tree skirt, with the starry background thinning out around the middle of the runners.
Right now I've appliqued all of the houses down using the blanket stitch on my machine. Coincidentally this is the first time I've used my blanket stitch for applique and I'm loving the results. I haven't decided yet whether to applique the stars or not. I'm planning to quilt an "allover" pattern over the area with the stars, so I'm thinking that I might not need to applique them down because they'll be secured when I do the quilting.
SO here's a question: should I do a white backing or a printed one? I have enough of this fabric to do the back, but I'm kind of afraid that you might see the pattern through the white. Should I just do white? Or mix it up a bit and use the print? And what about binding? Something red? Something red and white?
Also, I thought it might be inspiration for me to get stuff done if I made my horrendously long WIP and "to-do" list public. So here it is: