Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Table runner mania!

The year 2013 is rapidly drawing to a close and I am way behind on my blogging!  I'll squeeze one more post in before we welcome 2014.  One of my quilt students is always encouraging me (rather forcefully!) to get my UFO's finished LOL.  She is making an impact though and I have actually finished a number of projects off this year.  I do also confess to starting a few new ones as well.  When the new magazine came out from Fons & Porter, featuring the Missouri Star Company patterns, I did have to drop everything and make a few quick and easy projects.  But, they did not turn into UFO's as I have them all done.  I managed to get 8 table runners finished before our get together with our kids and I numbered all the runners and laid them out on the living room floor.  My daughter and my three daughter in laws each got a piece of paper and had to write down their first three choices.  Miraculously, everyone chose a different one.  Interesting to see which ones they chose.  Here are all the runners (click on the photo to enlarge):

Heather chose this runner which I made at least a year ago as a sample.  It will fit very nicely on her hexagon shaped coffee table. 

Becky picked this runner which is from the Missouri star company magazine from Fons and Porter.  I did make it smaller using 3 1/2" strips instead of layer cake squares

This was done with a Cheryl Phillips Gem Thirty ruler and was quick and easy.  I had leftover Kaffe Fasset fabrics from several projects and they matched beautifully :-)
The center is fussy cut from a different fabric than was used in the topper

I bought this older KF fabric in a sale bin at a quilt shop in Ottawa when we visited there four or five years ago.  It worked great for the backing.

These were leftover squares from a spinning four patch quilt I made with a KF fabric.  I added these shot cottons to make a table runner and quilted it using a King Tut variegated thread and organic line quilting

Here is the finished runner

I bought this as a kit at Quilter's Nine Patch in Elmira/St. Jacobs area.  It was a fun quick runner.  I quilted around the shapes and added flower petals just to the lime green hexagons.  Jannyne chose this runner
This modernish table runner was also in the Missouri Star company magazine. It was a nice quick project.
close up of the straight line quilting in the trees

I bought one of the new Moda Scrap bags and a Jaybird Quilts braided table runner pattern at the quilt shop in Waterford.  I got just enough strips from the scrap bag to make this braided runner.  I quilted it with red thread and organic line quilting and my daughter, Amanda chose this one for her table.
This is also an old sample of a twister done in a wreath shape with borders added.  One of my students did this one and added a gold shiny pinwheel to the middle bottom which really looked nice.

Now that I'm on a roll on these UFO's, I may just finish the Indian Orange Peel this year :-).