Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012-40 Calendar Table Runner


These three blocks were made for a calendar quilt that was a block of the month project for our quilt guild in 2002, if I remember correctly.  They never got made into a quilt top, so this summer, I pulled the three orphans out of the shoe box in the cupboard and made them into this table runner.   It stayed as a flimsie until yesterday when I set aside the time to quilt and bind it.

It was fun to custom quilt it with several colors of cotton wrapped poly and Superior MonoPoly.  The straight grain yellow/orange print binding was attached and top-stitched by machine.  The table runner, which finished at 19″ by 40″ will be donated to a silent auction to raise money for a community organization.

I’m glad the blocks finally became part of a finished project.  It would be sad to let such nice blocks go to waste!  Now they can do some good!

2012-39: Cream Candle Mat


This octagonal candle mat, constructed of a variety of cream and tan fabrics measures 16.5 inches in diameter.  The neutral colors will make this a useful mat all year round.

The quilting is done in a line dancing design with gold metallic thread.  The batting is Warm and Natural.  The straight grain binding is applied to the front and hand stitched to the backing.

Hooray!  Another small project is done and checked off my list!



2012-38: Four Patch Table Runner

Four Patch Table Runner

Many years ago – probably about 15, I purchased a package of color wash fabrics, kitted for a wall hanging.  Not long after buying it, I decided that color wash did not appeal to me, so I made the squares up into four patches.  They sat in a pizza box until this year, when I pulled them out to make a queen sized quilt top.  There were a few four patches left over and in early December, I decided to piece them together into this table runner.

The inner and outer border fabric came from my stash and gives a distinctly springtime feel to this table runner.

The free motion quilting is a half flower motif done in a rose colored poly thread with Bottom Line in the bobbin.  The straight grain binding, made of the same fabric of the inner border, was applied to the front by machine and hand stitched to the backing.   The finished topper measures 16.5 by 36 inches.

One of my goals for early 2013 will be to get the queen sized flimsie quilted and bound.  It seems odd to have a project made of the left-overs finished before the main project!  Nevertheless, finishing small projects gives me motivation to get the large ones done too!


2012-37: Candle Mat

Candle Mat Front

This little Candle Mat sitting beneath a candle in a glass bell jar will protect the surface of our dining table.  The red green and gold colors of the metallic fabrics make it festive for the holiday season while the Asian inspired designs make it usable year round.  Having a variety of candle mats allows me to change the look of our dining table whenever inspired by the day, the menu or my choice of dinnerware.  A simple change often lifts my spirit and increases my anticipation of dinner – even when I am the cook!

The mat was quilted with a gold metallic thread in a line dancing pattern that goes on both sides of every one of the seams throughout the block.  The mat measures 12.5 inches across.  The red and gold metallic print binding was applied by machine to the front and hand stitched to the back.


2012-36: Autumn Strips Table Runner

Autumn Strips Table Runner

This table runner was made from a kit purchased from a local quilt store.  I assume the pieces came from a coordinating line of fabrics since they all go together quite well. The advantage of using a kit is that the fabrics are all selected and in this case, precut.  One of the disadvantages of using a kit is having to work with the fabric as it is cut.  I admit to feeling disappointment that the border strips, cut width of fabric were not cut accurately on grain.  Even though the two borders are both small all-over prints, my picky eye can see that the design does not run true on either border.  Likely nobody but me will ever notice, but it does reinforce for me the importance of accurate cutting to the success of a project.

The kit was designed to be made and birthed envelope style.  It would have been quite simple to make it that way.  However, I prefer the look of free motion quilting, so I made up the top, layered it and quilted it as one piece.  The center was quilted with a stipple meander, the first border with a continuous swirl and the outside border was quilted with an echoed half feather border design.   The binding was machine applied to the front and hand stitched to the back.   The binding was not included in the kit, so I pulled a rust/metallic gold print from my stash that blended well with the borders.   The double-fold binding, my preferred style, was attached by machine to the front of the runner and hand stitched to the back.

The runner finished at 15.5 inches by 42 inches.  It will go into my stash of finished quilts where it will wait to be given as a gift.  I expect it will be given as a shower gift to a niece who loves these colors.

It feels nice to get some of my small projects done.  Sometimes a pile of unfinished flimsies can feel heavy on the mind and shoulders.  That makes two finished today.  I feel lighter already!

2012-35: Blue Table Topper

Blue Table Topper

This table topper was made from some paper-pieced 5.5 inch blocks in my orphan block shoe box.  These blocks were made with Pointillist Palette fabric – so I am sure you can guess how long they have been hanging around.  Even though the fabric is an older print, I still love the gradations in the color.  I paired the blocks with a navy and tiny gold star print for both sashing and borders.

The topper was quilted in a star meander with a gold metallic thread which carries out the star theme and adds a bit of festive sparkle to the table runner.  The binding was applied to the front and hand stitched to the back.  The topper finished at 17 inches square.  It will go into my stash of finished small items to be given as a gift to someone someday.  I like having extra finished item to pull from when I need a gift for someone who knows and appreciates the amount of work that goes into a handmade gift!

I applied the binding to three more small projects today and  I’m hoping to get one more hand stitched before my head touches the pillow tonight.  I love the look of hand stitched binding, but wish it was quicker to do.  If I could find a way to achieve the hand stitched look by machine, I would do it in a heart beat!


2012-34: Flowered Table Runner

Flowered Table Runner

In an effort to finish up a few projects before my goal completion date of December 31, I spent the day machine quilting five small projects. One of them got to the finished stage with binding completed.

This table runner started out as three “Quilt As You Go” blocks given to me by my friend Jacqueline when she purged her sewing stash.  I finished up the blocks, added the narrow green sashing and then mounted the runner on the long arm with an additional backing to quilt it as a unit.  Some quilters see QAYG as a simple method of quilting, but for me, it does not hold the same appeal.  I will go out of my way to avoid the hand work required by the Quilt As You Go method!

The quilting was done in an all-over meander with Rheingold Heavy Metal gold metallic thread and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  The gold thread adds a bit of festive sparkle to the table runner.  The binding was applied to the back by machine and top-stitched to the front with matching thread.  I tend to use Superior MonoPoly in the bobbin when top-stitching  binding, so the machine binding looks very good on the front and the thread is invisible on the reverse side of the binding.

This runner will be donated to the Hand Made table at our local fair.  The proceeds of this silent auction table go to support the operation of the fair.