The designer of this pattern, had chosen some motifs from the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne, hence the name of the pattern Royal Exhibition Elegance (by Michele Hill)
|One of the motifs for inspiration of applique.|
I took the above photo while at the flower and garden show in Melbourne. It took quite a bit of effort to get a photo without somebody's head in it!
When I was choosing the fabrics, I had in mind a Thai/Bali style dinner set, with the lovely ochre and blue pottery dinnerware, hence the choice of batik fabric.
Then I had to choose which thread to applique with....
As you can see, it took me a few goes to get it right. I settled on a light grey with a fleck in it - perfect. My good friend, R, claims it took me two hours to choose the right colour! Cheeky thing!
And.... drum roll please... here is a photo of the completed table runner, in all of it's extremely looonnnggg glory - 208cm x 49.5cm (82in x 19.5in)
Yes, I would definitely make Royal Exhibition Elegance again - such a terrific pattern, because after the pieces are all fused to the background, the applique was relatively easy.
21/06/2017 Update - not a gift, I put it onto my own dining table where it looks fabulous and the whole family loves it. :)