I made this improv table runner as a wedding gift for a good friend. I wanted to use some gorgeous Oakshott scraps in fall colors, and that inspired me to divide the runner with a strip of brown, evoking a tree branch.
The improv technique I used is a variation on slice and insert, and it creates some wonderful abstract shapes. My younger son informs me that "Abstract is when you get to make whatever you want - kind of like scribbles, but it is artwork." That's not too far off, and I'm a fan.
The blocks of color made it fun to quilt. I emphasized the divide between the colors by quilting the cream in swirls and the tan in elongated meandering ripples. I did a simple rectangular spiral in each of the colored inserts.
I made a pieced binding to continue the background colors in the runner. It makes the binding sort of disappear, leaving the focus on the fall colors.
I was very tempted to keep the runner for myself, which I'm told is the sign of a good gift. I hope it will see many happy years in my friend's home.