Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stash Busting - Floral Table Runner

     I only know of one woman who quilts

that just buys enough fabric for the quilt

that she is currently working on. She has been

quilting for over 40 years.

I guess she learned a lesson long ago.

     I have donated boxes of fabric to the

local Mennonite good will and still have

tubs of it left! 

     Since my husband passed away; I'm

desperately trying to downsize.

     I have lots of greens that I had collected for

my applique work. 
I love this fabric and didn't want to cut it up.

So I made a table runner out of it.

 This is the back - one solid piece also.

 I had fabric left over from the binding; so I made

a couple of coasters. 

Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WIP #6

This is my WIP (works in progress) # 6

I made this table runner using the 

quilt block "Ocean Waves" awhile back.

 I was debating on how I would quilt this..?

  Traditional or modern?

I had my walking foot attached to the machine

and decided to use just the straight stitch,

using variegated thread.

So I started to quilt the wavy lines  trying to imitate

the lines in the fabric.

I love the wonky movement in this runner!

I used a white fabric on the back - where

you can see the wonky stitching.

Measures 41" long and 19" wide


Going through my fabric stash (oh my!)

I decided to postpone my WIP and use

some of the fabrics that I have been collecting.

Stay tuned!


Around Lancaster


 I was looking out the back door and saw this beautiful

sky line! 



Taking a walk in Long's Park the other day where 

there were lots of Seagulls (herring?) 


 Walking around I saw this tree that had

recently fell, probably during the last

bad storm. 

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WIP #5

Hello Spring! (i think)

I had taken a class from my friend Kathi

Beginners Bargello. I thought that it would

be very confusing but it turned out very


 It's a Landscape Bargello and it was fun

to do, not confusing to me at all. 

 The back is one solid piece and I added

a sleeve for hanging.

 I just did some free motion quilting around

the clouds; the rest is straight stitch in the 


I had some fabric left over and decided to

use it to make a small Landscape Bargello

table mat and coasters.

 Again, I just did straight stitch in the ditch


So, not only did I finish the WIP (work in

progress) but I used some of my stash fabrics.

If you're interested in making a Bargello;

Bonnie Hunter has a great tutorial ----

 Scrappy Bargello

From my backyard





Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WIP #4

Another WIP (works in progress) finished!

Am I running low yet? Nope!

I had a bag full of 9 patches  - made out of

strips that were 1 1/2" wide.  

Not knowing what I wanted to do with them

exactly; so they were put away.

So, they came out of the WIP draw and I

thought that I would make a table runner out

of them.

                         Table runner is 30" x 18 1/2"

I really like the fabric but don't know the

manufacturer, as I bought them as Fat

Quarters. The look of it reminds me of a

Romantic Cottage style.

I wanted to try something new, so I decided

to use a decorative stitch around the sashing.

I think that it gives it a nice touch. The quilting

is just a plain cross hatch.

 The back of the table runner is a solid olive

green but with the quilting in a cranberry color

it has a nice contrast and the runner now can

be reversible. 

We have all these pretty decorative stitches

built in our machines and they should be 

used more. Don't you think?  

I had lots more 9 patches left, so I made 

some matching mats.  Mats are 10 1/2" x 13 1/2" each.

Around Lancaster


 Happy Quilting!