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A Well Dressed Table

Hello Friends – I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

I love a well dressed table! Quilted table runners add quick color and style to my small but cozy dining area.

Table runners also make great gifts. Below are a few I made for friends and family this holiday season.

Wreath Table Runner –  Easy charm pack project

  • Size – 16 x 52 inches
  • Pattern – Fons & Porter Quickly Quilting Winter 2013
  • Fabric – Kate Spain Solstice Charm Pack
  • Quilting – Random straight and radiant lines
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Solstice Wreath TR

Half Hexie Christmas Tree Runner – another easy and quick pattern by Jenny Doan with Missouri Star Quilt Company.  This tutorial will get you started!

  • Size – 19 x 50 inches
  • Pattern – MSQC Holiday Tree Runner
  • Fabric – Hobby Lobby Christmas Fabric
  • Quilting – Walking Foot – decorative Stitch
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Half Hexie Xmas TR

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Patchwork Star – Simple charm pack patchwork table runner. A single star is created within the layout using the stitch n flip (diagonal seam) method.

  • Size – 19 x 38 inches
  • Fabric – Holly’s Tree Farm by Sweetwater for Moda
  • Quilting – Walking foot – echoing seams
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Patchwork Star TR

 

Penguin Pinwheels – I believe this was my favorite table runner this month! The red and aqua is so bright and cheery and the penguins are just too cute 🙂

I used the Simple Pinwheel tutorial by Abigail Dolinger. I used yardage for my table runner, the pattern however is jelly roll friendly. This was a quick and easy  – I will definitely use this pattern again.

Size: 23 x 38 inches

 

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Penguin Pinwheel TR

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Penguin Pinwheels

I am linking with Fort Worth Fabric Studio – Fabric Frenzy. Lindsey always offers a cool fat quarter bundle with an inspiring project.

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Hashtag Merry Christmas

Hello Friends — Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families.

I’m not a big social media participant, I do enjoy following certain “hashtags” on Instagram to see quilt projects.

I signed up for Camille Roskelley’s Craftsy Class: Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simplewhere she teaches you how make a hashtag quilt using a jelly roll and yardage. Pattern seems to be quite simple and the visual instructions are super terrific.

I needed/wanted a Christmas quilt but didn’t have a Christmas jelly roll on hand, instead I had a couple of Kate Spain’s Joy and Solstice charm packs and decided to make a super sized hash tag — although at my age I call it a number sign 🙂

After sketching it out on graph paper this is what I came up with. Quilt measures 56 x 56 inches.

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Hashtag Super Size

 

Fleece is a fabric that has a pile and can be found mostly in sports wear and jackets.  I’ve sewn with fleece in the past making sweat pants, scarves and blankets.  I find it a joy to sew with because it doesn’t fray and stitching mistakes don’t show ! Because of my blanket experience I thought I would try fleece as a quilt backing. We are moving to Florida in a few months so I decided to not use batting with the fleece.

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fleece backing

Here’s a quick tutorial if you would like to make a Super Sized Hashtag  Quilt for yourself.

For a 56 x 56 inch quilt – 5 x 5 setting

Fabric:

  1. 2 charm packs (5 x 5 inch squares) you will use 64
  2. 2 yards of background fabric (will have plenty left over)
  3. 1/2 yard for binding
  4. 2 yards fleece (60 inches wide) for quilt back

Cutting

  • Background fabric – WOF = width of fabric
    • 3- 9 1/2 x WOF strips – sub-cut into nine (9)- 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 squares
    • 6 – 5 1/2 x WOF strips for borders
  • Binding fabric
    • 7 – 2 1/2  x WOF strips

Assembly – all seams are 1/4 inch

  1. arrange and sew the 64 five inch squares into sixteen (16)- 4 patches; completed 4 patch block should measure 9 1/2 inch square.
  2. Arrange by row as follows: B = Background 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 square   4 = 4 patch square
    1. Row 1 – B  4  B  4  B
    2. Row 2 – 4  4  4  4  4
    3. Row 3 –  B  4  B  4  B
    4. Row 4 – 4  4  4  4  4
    5. Row 5 – B  4  B  4  B
  3. Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams open.
  4. Join rows together. Press seams open.
  5. BREATHE – quilt center is finished 🙂
  6. Borders
    1. cut 2 of your 5 1/2 inch x WOF strips in half.
    2. Sew one of the half pieces to the ends of each of the four (4) remaining border strips.
    3. Attach the left and right side borders to your quilt center; trim extra fabric on ends
    4. Attach top and bottom borders to your quilt center; trim extra fabric on ends
    5. Starch and press quilt top
  7. Layer, Mark & Baste
    1. Lay fleece backing right side down
    2. Lay Quilt Top right side up on backing
    3. I used masking tape to create diagonal lines that formed an “X” through each block. If you are unfamiliar with using masking tape as a quilting marking tool I recommend watching this video by Leah Day.
    4. Pin base with safety pins ( or your preferred method)
  8. Quilt
    1. I used my walking foot to stitch along side the masking tape.
    2. In the borders I did straight line quilting in random widths
  9. Binding
    1. Join your seven (7) strips of 2 1/2 x WOF
    2. bind using your preferred method — I prefer machine binding and this is the tutorial I use.

I use my hashtag quilt as throw for our couch — of course I had to have matching pillows!

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2016 Hashtag Charm Quilt

 

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X Plus Quilted 20 inch pillow

Using Amada Rolfe’s you tube tutorial for the X Plus Quilt Block as my inspiration, I made two 20 inch pillows. Now I’m set for binge TV watching — gotta get caught up on my shows!

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Hello Fall

It’s the end of October, time to pull out my GO BLUE Michigan sweatshirts! We’ve had a couple of chilly days here in MD.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves as they fall to the ground – the deep hues of orange, yellow, green and red are so comforting.

Fall is synonymous with football in our house — my son played football for University of Michigan beginning in 2006 and graduated in 2010.  We still follow the team as if he were still playing!

Gotta have some quilty goodness to go along with football — right??

I made this supersized maple leaf quilt last year. Not really large enough to snuggle under but perfect to throw over my legs while watching games on TV and/or reading.

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Maple Leaf Throw

Quilt Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Quilt Size: 50×50
  • Fabric: Stash
  • Quilting: Straight Line using walking foot on my Babylock Ellisimo Gold

I practiced more walking foot quilting with pillows to match the quilt.  The yellow/gold pillow I used a decorative stitch from my machine, the burgundy pillow, I marked a large X and echoed each quadrant. It was my first time using a chalk pencil — I didn’t test it — and it didn’t come out until several washes later.

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2015 maple pillows

 

I love the maple leaf quilt block.  It is a very beginner friendly block — you learn how to make half square triangles (HST), trimming to size and stitching them together so that you don’t lose the points.  The floor rug below was my first attempt — lots, lots of mistakes. Finished is better than perfect right? 🙂

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If you are interested in seeing a great video tutorial for creating the maple leaf quilt block, check out Amanda from 3and3Quarters.

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