Old table runner
I decided to remake a holiday table runner that had some stains because I really liked the modern Dresden fan design. Using fabric from our holiday fabric stash and a 15 degree ruler, I made the Christmas side of the table runner.
New table runner
I found the pattern on a blog when I made the first table runner about 6 years ago. (blog: Hyacinth quilt designs – Making a Dresden Fan block) I found some winter bird fabric so I used this fabric with some coordinating fabric for the reverse side of the table runner. I used straight line quilting. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
We have lots of Christmas wall hangings, pillows, and placemats, but we did not have a Christmas quilt that you could curl up on the couch with. So I decided to make a scrappy Christmas Quilt. It is now complete.
When we finish quilts, we usually photograph them on the living room floor. Our scottie, Ranger, usually checks them out and if he likes it, he lays down on it and we deem it as “Ranger Approved”.
I included a couple of scottie fabric strips in the quilt and sure enough, that is exactly the spot that Ranger claimed. LOL.
This quilt was clearly “Ranger Approved” as I had trouble getting him to get off of it (after I photographed it).
I was a bit nervous about fabric bleeding into the white stars so I put 5 color catchers in the washing machine. Ok, maybe I was more than a “bit” nervous.
No problem. No color bleeding. Woohoo!
I am a Scottie Dog junkie and during the Holiday season, I decorate our sunroom with all my scottie stuff. We have an ottoman on the porch and I thought it needed a plaid quilted throw for it. So, I pulled out our holiday fabric tub in search of inspiration. What I found was one of Donna’s UFOs. It had a white center, a green flange, and a red border. The red border was already quilted. Hummm…. this could be a nice pillow.
So I took Donna’s UFO (that she couldn’t remember what it was supposed to be) and created a new holiday pillow for our Scottie sunroom. I suspect that it was a sample for a class she taught in making a flange.
I quilted the white area, appliquéd a plaid Scottie on it, and turned it into a pillow.
Earlier this year, Donna took one of my UFO (a Hawaiian appliqué) and deconstructed it and put it into an Art Quilt). Now I’ve finished one of her UFOs. I guess we’re even now.
This got me thinking, perhaps we should do a UFO challenge and give our fellow quilters one of our UFOs and let them do whatever they want to with the UFO to re-imagine it into something new and wonderful.
We had company this past Memorial weekend and after seeing some decorating one of our quilter friends did for her Easter company, Donna and I decided that we needed to kick-it-up a notch for our Memorial Day company.
So, we pulled out all of our Red-White-Blue table runners and toppers to add some punch. This is our sunroom table with one of Donna’s table toppers on it.
After decorating the LR, DR, and sunroom, we noticed that we did not have a small table runner for our kitchen bar area. So…. I decided to whip one up. I pulled out or R-W-B fabric container and found some pineapple blocks that Donna had made when she was teaching a class on the pineapple block.
I added some sashing and a border to pull 3 of them together and had a quick table runner.
We like to make dual sided table runners/toppers so we can get extra usage out of them, to I used some umbrella fabric and ship fabric from our stash) to make the reversed side of the table runner and then did some straight lined quilting through all the layers (RWB – batting – umbrella/ship).
The key to making a dual sided table runners is to make sure that the binding fabric will look good on both sides.
It was a quick and fun project and I really like both sides of this table/counter runner. We’re also ready for the 4th of July!
While we were decorating for the holidays, we decided that we needed a small wall hanging to go above our buffet. We have gingerbread decorations on the buffet so it made sense that we needed a gingerbread house wall hanging.
While I going through our holiday fabric tub, I found this panel (who knows when we bought it).
Unfortunately I thought it was a bit too busy and I wasn’t really fond of the dark border.
So…. I decided to fuse the whole thing and then cut out the parts that I wanted.
I created a new background and fused the gingerbread house and trees to my new (less busy background) and added a new border.
I used some shine (tinsel like) thread to add a bit of bling/shimmer with the light hits it.
I also added a little scottie (everything is better with a little scottie). For the scottie, I fussy cut it from some other scottie fabric and then I also fussy cut the scottie sweater from another piece of fabric. I then fused them together onto the snow.
I used scraps of wool batting from another project and as a result it came out real puffy when I quilted it. I don’t think I’d do that again. I much prefer the cotton batting. The puffy batting kinda works for the gingerbread house, but I don’t really care for it in the sky.
It was a fun little holiday decor piece to work on and it now hangs over our dining room buffet and finishes off the gingerbread holiday decor there.
Happy Stitch’n and Happy Holiday,
Last month I made 2 folded star potholders – square shape. I made those potholders larger so that I could use them as a trivet. I wanted to try making the same pattern using a circle design and bias strip binding. I used the same technique to make star shapes on the potholder. It is important to have enough contrast between your 4 colors so that you can see the star design. Then I made a card stock template of a circle (about 7.5″ diameter). I trace the shape on the potholder and then sewed on that line. Next I put together the layers to quilt (backing, insul-brite, and star design). I quilted through the star points and then trimmed the circle. I made bias binding – 2″ wide strips. After stitching the binding on one side, I hand-stitched the binding to the back of the potholder. This is a great pattern for using fabric scraps from your stash. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I was looking for gift ideas on pinterest. I have to watch my time on pinterest because I can spend lots of time looking and lose track of time. But I did find this binding kit tutorial which would make a great gift for a quilting or sewing friend. I used scraps from my box of sewing novelty fabric and was able to find enough coordinating fabrics. This bag was easy to make in an afternoon. There was even a video on sewing the zipper – super easy method. I did make a few changes to the pattern to save time and to use some of rolls of ribbon that I have. I used ribbon for the thread holder and ribbon to tie the bag closed. I see more binding bags in my future – super cute gift. Have fun sewing and quilting. Donna
It’s September and time to get going on the holiday projects. This wreath pattern is constructed like the Leaf topper pattern except you use squares rather than leaf shapes. It is important to pick out fabrics with enough contrast so that you see the design. The wreath can be hung on a door or used for a centerpiece. A walking foot was helpful to sew through all the layers to make the wreath shape. Hope you have started working on your holiday gifts. I have a few gifts made but I definitely need to get going on my projects. Have fun sewing and quilting. Donna