Friday, February 3, 2012

Table Runner Love

I have two finishes to show you today...

A couple of table runners that I'm so excited about!

This first table runner is actually one that I talked about a couple of weeks ago, while it was still attached to my sewing machine, being quilted.

 It's made from a charm pack of Buttercup by Fig Tree & Co.  I've had the charm pack for a long time, but haven't known exactly what to do with it.  When my mom's birthday came around, being that her favorite colors are light blue and yellow, I knew that I had to dig into these fabrics. 

I love the soft, muted colors of this line, and I love the way they turned out on this project.

I paired each pinwheel with Kona Snow, my favorite white fabric.   I also used that for the sashing between each block, the borders, and for the most part, the binding.  I love how it makes the pinwheels seem to float in there.

I didn't quite know what to use for the binding, so to break up the monotony of the white, white, white, I snuck in a few little snips of yellows in the binding.

I quilted it with an all over loopy pattern, which is my favorite to quilt.  The loops and curves just seem to make sense to my brain, and they just come naturally to my hands. 

The backing is a fabric that I've had in my stash for YEARS, given to me by a dear lady.  It seemed to work well, so I was thankful I had it!

This table runner measures up at about 50" X 11 1/2"

This pinwheels runner is for my mother on her birthday, which I'm ashamed to say was two weeks ago.  Now that it's finished, I'm waiting until I can see her in person to give it to her.  I hope she likes it as much as I do!

The second table runner is for a dear friend of mine, Julie, that I haven't had the chance to see for a few weeks.  I thought I'd give her a gift to let her know I love her and am thinking of her.

This baby is made from a charm pack of Sandy Gervais' line, Lovely.  I love buying charm packs because they're an inexpensive way for me to get a little bit of fabric from the lines that I love.  They're perfect for little projects like this.

It's bound with a fat quarter from the same line, and yes, Kona Snow for the white.

I was a little paniky last week because I was in the market for some more Kona snow to do my Swoon quilt with, and I couldn't find it anywhere.  It seemed everyone was out of it!

Luckily over this past weekend, I found some at  And the best part, if you spend $35, you get free shipping! 

I quilted this one in a meandering, double loopy pattern.  This is a new one for me, and a little harder for my brain to process in the quilting process, but I think it turned out nicely.

My favorite part about this runner is the cute little flower that I quilted in blue in the center of one of the rows.  It's a little off center in the block, but I love it nonetheless. 

This 'lovely' measures up at 40 1/2" x 12 1/2".  I love the bright colors in this one.

I'm also excited to say that I bound these both entirely by machine...which is a first for me!  I'm normally an old-school, sew-the-binding-to-the-back-by-hand kind of girl, but sometimes there's just not time for it.

 The only problem I'm still having is not running back over the binding on the other side with my sewing machine when I'm stiching it down on the top.  Any suggestions?  Hmm.

I love making table runners...they're a quick little project that finishes fast, and they're great little gifts.  Who doesn't love a little fabric treat for their table, and a little color in their kitchen?!

I'm linking up to Amanda Jean's Finish it Up Friday and
Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Whoop Whoop and
Sew and Tell Friday!

Go check out what everyone else has been finishing up this week!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by, and have a great weekend!


  1. Just visiting through Crazy Mom Quilts. Love your table runners! The colors are so cheerful and your quilting is lovely. Beautiful work!

  2. Beautiful runners! And your quilting looks so pretty... I'd like to try that loopy design sometime. It looks like fun! Great job! :o)

  3. They are beautiful! Love the bright cheerful fabrics.

  4. You've inspired me - I need to do some table runners. I love quilting in a loopy pattern to. It's just how my brain makes my hands move when I'm quilting.

  5. Yummy colors on both, but the first is my favorite. Nice quilting, too!

  6. Great runners, love how you quilted them. I really like the pinwheels and how they float. I have the same problem with finishing the binding by machine. But after you wash it you don't really see it and the people that look at the binding on the back are those that sew it on by hand :)

  7. Very pretty table runners. I am sure mom will love the pinwheels. I do.

  8. I LOVE the color schemes!! These are really beautiful.

  9. Very cheerful and love the colors! Now you have planted the seed for me to make a couple.

  10. nice table runners! I've always loved Fig Tree's fabrics, they are so sweet :) I have a stash of them that need to find their way into a quilt someday...

  11. Beautiful job on both your table runners! I especially like the machine quilting. Very nice indeed!

    Not sure if you have any Hobby Lobby stores in your area, but the store in my town just started carrying several of the Kona solids:)

  12. Your table runners are both simply lovely. The colors you chose make me feel happy. Really, really like your loopy meandering. It's interesting to me the differences in the overall FMQ between individual quilters. I myself find stippling difficult. Now I know it's probably because it doesn't make sense in my brain! :-)

  13. Both runners are wonderful! Your quilting is also awesome!
    Whoop Whoop!

  14. Hey! I have that same fabric you used for the backing on your mother's. I made a dress for my MIL out of it one time.

    I love both of these and your FMQ is wonderful. I need to practice that more.

    Do you turn and press your binding before you sew it from the top? It really helps you keep it lined up straight.

  15. What beautiful runners! And you're right, they do make great gifts!! Whoop whoop!!

  16. I love these! I don't know where to start with quilting, they look small enough for a first time project but I wouldn't know where to start with the freehand scrolling.

  17. These are both so nice ! I'm working on some Valentine's runners ; will they be done or not ???? ( and 2 of them are pinwheels ! ) Your quilting is fabulous !

  18. I had no idea you had a blog! I love it. Diane, you are so talented!!!!

  19. I love these table runners. They are beautiful and the quilting looks great!

  20. Both the runners are so fresh and springy! Beautiful quilting as well.
    p.s. your package is in the mail : )

  21. Love the quilting and the splashes of yellow in the binding!


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