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:   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

Greased Lightning table runner

image     A friend made this table runner pattern and said that it was super easy to make.  So I decided to use my red, white and blue fabric from my stash for the front side of the table runner.  Since I also make store samples of patterns for the shop that I work at, I put strips of new Halloween fabric on the back.   image  I know that it is hard to think about Halloween in June but we have new Christmas fabric in the shop too.  This pattern was easy to make reversible.  Have fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

UFO from trip to Hawaii in 2013

imageYeh!  Another UFO is finished.  Mary and I stopped in a couple of quilt shops on Maui and of course we bought some fabric and patterns.  I have been using some of the Hawaiian fabric for backings on some of my table runners.   I used mostly batik fabric from my stash and a beige background fabric to make this pattern.  The pineapple bases are pieced and then appliqued on the table runner.  The leaves are machine appliqued with fusible web.  The borders are made from half square triangles using some of the fabric from the pineapples and the beige background fabric.   I quilted it using a stippling free motion design.  The finished size is about 18″ x 60″.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna.    image