Updated: Jun 16, 2020
This project ended up being more challenging than I anticipated, but to be fair I think it would have been easier if I'd actually followed the instructions and used scraps that were fully 5" long. Some of my scraps were more around 4", and that ended up compromising my ability to make more interesting curves when I was joining the long strips together. The good news is: I really enjoyed the project and would totally do it again! Maybe I'll just follow the directions a little closer next time. :)
One of the things I'm LOVING about this class with Rachel at Stitched in Color is the way each project builds on the earlier ones. I am being pretty strategic about which projects I do each week since I work full time and don't have the time to do all three weekly projects. I don't feel behind as a result of not doing every project, and I think a large part of that is because of how she's structured the course. For more beginning sewists, I would recommend doing the first project each week (which is usually the easiest), and then picking one of the more complicated ones for more skills practice. I'm glad that I have built up enough sewing skills that I can get away with only picking one project each week, because my schedule definitely wouldn't let me do more than that! As it is, I'm taking about a week and a half for each project, because I'm fitting it in around my schedule...and because I tend to read instructions several times before I start, and go back to them often while I'm sewing, and I also like to improvise a bit on the instructions as-written! ;)
I made the table runner match one of the clamshell pillows I created since they're both in our living room/kitchen/dining area (which is a very open space.) I also included some left over fabrics from our wedding chuppah. Unfortunately, I made it a little bit too short for our table. It's perfect if we don't have the leaves in...but we always have the leaves in. Ah, well. It was a great practice project, and definitely built my skills and confidence sewing curves!