Sunday, December 27, 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different

I'm a little late on the Christmas gifts this year, but my mom and sister understand and will be happy with their gifts … whenEVER they arrive. ;-)

First up for mom, a combination housewarming and Christmas present. A table runner for her new house in her colors. I'm also going to make a set of coordinating napkins from the leftover fabrics.

The pattern I'm using is this one. It's a quilt-as-you kind of pattern but I nixed that part. It seemed like overkill and a good way to make mistakes. I'm not sure if I should review this pattern on Pattern Review. Do people actually read and/or reference quilt patterns?

I cut and pieced it today. It's really easy, trust me. Here's the top, pinned to the batting and the backing, ready for quilting. I used my Featherweight for all the piecing, which was fun.

For the quilting, all eleven straight rows of it — LOL! — I moved back to my D1 since I have a stitch in the ditch foot for it and the harp space is bigger. The quilting took all of 30 minutes, tops. I might have to make one of these for me.

Before I started on this project, I scanned swatches of the fabrics and used it to make a mock-up on paper to be sure it wasn't going to look too funky. These are so not my colors and picking out the fabrics was the hardest part.

Here it is quilted and trimmed and awaiting binding. I'm taking a dinner break right now but will finish the binding later tonight and it will be done. Definitely a one-day project even for non-quilters like me.

Next up will be scrubs for my sister.


  1. That's just lovely. Yes, do a review. Some people can't quilt without a pattern, and that's a nice pattern. Hope you had a lovely holiday.

  2. Your mother should be delighted with that table runner. I don't quilt, because I'm afraid of lining up the squares in 2 different directions. Yes, I'm chicken. So shoot me.

    Look forward to seeing your sister's scrubs, too. One of my daughters is in nursing school, and she's really excited because she started clinicals last semester. She loves scrubs!

  3. Your mom will love this runner, it looks great!

  4. I'm sure your mom will love it. I also liked your new blouse on you too. Very flattering!

  5. It looks awesome. I'd never read a review on a quilt pattern but that's because they are easy for me. Good job!

  6. A lovely housewarming gift. Honestly who wouldn't prefer a loving, handcrafted pressie that's made-to-order in perfect colours a week after Christmas? I kinda like presents out of the blue anyway, they put a smile on your face. Looking forward to the annual scrubs with imaginative bindings for your DS.

  7. Choosing prints for quilts may be difficult, but it's so fun to mix prints. Something you don't do with garments. That is a lovely table runner.

  8. Your color combinations are wonderful! Amazing looking runner! I don't believe it didn't take that long! :)

  9. What a lovely gift. Very pretty.


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