Dresden Fan Christmas/ Winter table runner

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

Ugly Fabric Challenge

Last year at our quilt guild Holiday party, we were given an ugly fabic (“olively green”) and challenged to use it sometime in 2020 to be entered in a prize raffle. We could make whatever we wanted.

For my Holiday ugly fabric challenge, I made a small table topper for our sunroom hutch and used the Ugly Fabric quilt technique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RePQz1eN5Ko
I added some of the teal colors that are now on our sunroom chairs.

The green (ugly) fabric does not look so ugly. I also used some of the fabric on the front and back (and I hope that’s not cheating).

I do love a challenge.

Happy Stitchin,


Fall Drunkards Path table runner

I really like curves and we needed a new Fall table runner. So I made use of some leftover fabrics from Donna’s Cosmos quilt to make a table runner. The drunkards path block design is a favorite of mine. I made use of straight line quilting to give a modern look to a traditional quilt block design.

Lately we have been making bigger/wider table runners for our dining room table as I think it makes more of a statement.

Happy Stitchin,


Ps. No… I did not make the pumpkins.

Early holiday projects using the Christmas fabric stash

I was putting away holiday fabrics after Christmas and decided to use some of the holiday fabrics to make table runners.  I wanted to use a quick and easy pattern.  I had made the “10 minute” table runner in the past but wanted to make it with batting.  So I found several you- tube videos that used the basic “10 minute” table runner pattern but added batting.  I also found another video that added batting and a flange.  So I added batting to all of my table runners.  The table runners with only 2 fabrics have the flange.  The pieced runners do not have flange.  I used about 7 yards of Christmas fabrics to make 9 table runners.  For each runner, I used  1/2 yard (18″ x WOF) for the backing and a 10-12″ x WOF for the front (either one fabric or pieced).  Batting was the same size of the front piece.  I have to admit that it took longer than 10 minutes to make each table runner but I like the table runners.  It was fun to make different combinations of fabric and colors using the holiday fabric.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Embroidery sampler

This month I have been learning new techniques with machine embroidery.  I have been taking an online embroidery class to learn more about my machine.  For the class I made a table top sampler using the different techniques – lots of new techniques for me.  It was lots of fun.

I started with a focus fabric (which is the outside border) to pick the colors for the sampler. The first 2 blocks were made on a solid background with the bumble bee design (the second block was a mirror image of the first). Then I made a pieced block (looks like a regular pieced block that you would make with a sewing machine but it was done in the hoop).  Next – the two landscape blocks with a small butterfly – one square is a mirror image of the other).  This block used raw curved edges which were stitched down with a zig zag stitch.  The 2 large butterflies are made using the appliqué technique and mirror image.  The 4 blocks in the center are a tile scene.  The beehive was made using confetti pieces of fabric and threads that are under a piece of tulle and then embroidery around the edges of the beehive.  The yellow butterfly was made using 2 extra pieces of cotton batting for the trapunto effect.  It was not as puffy as I thought it was going to be – so maybe next time I will use wool batting. There is a cut away block (below the beehive block) – cut away the background instead of the flower petals.  The hand stitched block (below the yellow butterfly) is meant to look like hand stitching.  The last block is the shadow block (bottom right corner) – uses a piece of organza fabric as an overlay to the purple embroidery flower.

All the blocks are quilted by the embroidery machine with a 1/2″ seam allowance so the blocks can be stitched together. I used my focus fabric to add the outer border so that I could use the sampler as a spring table topper.

There are more lessons in the online class but I put away the embroidery module so that I could work on some machine quilting projects next.  I am feeling more comfortable using my embroidery module and can’t wait to try some new techniques next month  – maybe some designs on towels.  Stay tuned.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.   Donna

Red, White and Blue decorating

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!

Happy Stitch’n,





Star embroidery designs

Mary is going to make a red/white/and blue table topper.  She found a star design for me to embroider so that she can incorporate the star embroidery in her table topper design.  I tried to enlarge the embroidery but it did not stitch out very well so I went back to the original size.  (See photo with the outline of stars in red only – the satin stitch did not look good).  I stitched out 4 star designs for the table topper.                        Stay tuned to see what Mary will design for her table topper.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Peek a Boo table runner – Quilt as you go

imageI made a fall table runner using this pattern by GE designs and wanted to make a winter table runner using snowman fabric. You can find lots of “Quilt As You Go” on this website: http://www.gequiltdesigns.com.   I liked the size of this table runner since I had just the right spot for it in my dining room.    The finished table runner is about 9″ x 35″ – a narrow table runner.   image After sewing together strip sets, you can quilt as you go using these strip sets.  You can also make this pattern more scrappy than I did or use a dark background fabric.  The directions were clear and easy to follow.   Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Leaf table topper

imageI saw this pattern on line and just had to make it.  You can use different fabrics to make a seasonal leaf table topper.  I used “Soft and Stable” instead of batting for the leaf shapes to give the leaves some “body”.   I also used batik fabrics and picked colors that played well together.  A walking foot is helpful when making this project.  imageIt helps to audition your fabric choice on the background leaf fabric.  I was going to use the light green fabric for the back of the leaves and the dark green fabric for the top of the leaves.  But I placed my fabrics on the dark green and the colors didn’t pop so I used the light green fabric for the top of the leaves.

imageI would like to make another table topper in fall colors.  still thinking about fall and cooler weather.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Quilt as You Go fall table runner

image I was looking for “quilt as you go” patterns on line and found this pattern.  The finished table runner is about 9″ x 35″ – a narrow table runner but I had a spot in the house for it.  Since it has been so hot this summer, I decided to make a fall table runner so I could think about cooler weather coming.  After sewing together strip sets, you can quilt as you go using these strip sets.  You can also make this pattern more scrappy than I did since I wanted to highlight the leaf fabric on the table runner.  imageThe directions were clear and easy to follow.  Now I am ready for fall and cool weather.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna