S.S. Holiday: Table Runners For The Holidays


Image Hosting by PictureTrail.comImage Hosting by PictureTrail.comImage Hosting by PictureTrail.comImage Hosting by PictureTrail.comImage Hosting by PictureTrail.comImage Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Something new….

I am always thinking about ways to use my fabric stash. I get an idea, so excited!! Make one or two, get bored. Or run out of steam. Then I sit and wait for the next idea to pop up. But I just thought of an idea with “LEGS”. A perfect ongoing project. I can use both stash and scraps.

I am going to call my idea the S.S. Holiday. S and S for STASH and SCRAPS. And HOLIDAY. I will make table runners for whichever holiday catches my fancy.

And not just the in-your-face, decorations everywhere holidays. Such as Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween. Think whimsical, unusual, funny and silly.

I will make at least one a month, maybe more. Depends on how much time I have and which holidays I already have fabric for. No doubt I will buy new fabric so I won’t commit to only using stash. But I won’t go overboard. A Fat Quarter here and there. Even just a half yard will be more than enough should I see a fabric PERFECT for a holiday.

I have my first table runner almost finished. You will have to come back to see it. 😀

What is your FAVORITE HOLIDAY?

Need To Make A Quick Gift? There’s Still Time…


Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Got guests coming? Long lost relatives popping up? Unexpected party to go to?

No problem. I made this table topper in one afternoon.

Start by going to Moda Bake Shop for the “recipe.”

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/05/christmas-packages.html

These blocks are really easy to make. I made four.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Next you decide on a layout.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

I liked the openness of the second one best. In my mind I could see a centerpiece in the middle.

Sandwich the layers. Back, batting and top.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

I tried something new for the quilting. Just teardrop loops. Three of them.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Started with the smallest teardrop. Then went around it. And once more, for three. You can see where I goofed on the first block. And the next ones didn’t get any better either!! 😀

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

My lines aren’t the straightest but I was using my free motion quilting foot. It looks a MESS but I LOVE IT!!

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Next… I decided on rounded corners (think bias binding). You can decide which way you want to finish yours off.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Before sewing on the bias binding (I machine stitched it front and back), I did a quick squiggly line along the edge of the quilt. To tame the ruffliness caused by the teardrops pulling in a bit. You can see the squiggly line in this photo.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

And DONE!!

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Now I can add my centerpiece.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

BTW, can you guess how long I have had this Christmas centerpiece? I made it during my floral crafting days back in the early 80’s. Every year I drag it out of its storage place and display it.

OK… now it’s your turn. Try it. And don’t worry if the teardrop curves don’t perfectly curve. From afar it will look perfect. The person who gets it will LOVE IT!!

Quilting Edge-To-Edge, No Binding


Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

You don’t always need a binding. Some designs can be sewn edge-to-edge.

Like this one. Nice and sharp looking.

I sandwiched the layers. Batting, top fabric and lining. Pinned it all with right sides of fabrics facing each other. Started sewing on one end, leaving an opening large enough for my hand to slip in. To eliminate any possible puckering where the three blocks connect in the corners, I added three stitches before proceeding to sew down along the sides.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

I have one rule before trimming. Give it the once over FIRST. So I turned the table runner inside out.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

It looked OK so I turned it back to outside in. Reinforced the stitching by retracing the stitching. Then trimmed the seams. Turned it back inside out, pressed it, hand stitched the opening closed.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

And now ready to quilt….

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

When I finish quilting, I look for the starting and finishing threads. I bury them inside the quilt layers so there are no dangling threads. I didn’t do this on my first few quilts. I didn’t know what to do so I tied the threads into knots and trimmed the knots. So… my first quilted items looked a hot mess from the back, less than stellar. I have learned a LOT since January 2011 when I first learned to quilt.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

And done!!

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

I made the matching gold ribbon bow from the mustard polka dot fabric. Reindeer came from the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Got it for just one dollar!! What a deal!! I love that store.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com