Be My Valentine table runner by Cherry Guidry was a fun squirrel project to make!
I knew this table runner would be a great fit for my large cabinet!
Of course, one wouldn’t have to make it this big. One could sew just a couple of hearts for the size needed (my finished size turned out to be about 16.25″ x 63″).
The quilting doesn’t really show up on the back, not just because I haven’t washed this yet (for the texture), but because the backing that I chose is a busy print.
This project was a very enjoyable break away from the computer (genealogy, ya know)!
Cherry has a wonderful website called Cherry Blossoms…you might like to check it out!
While internet surfing, I came across a cute tulip tutorial by Kristina at Center Street Quilts.
If I sewed three tulip blocks to make one placemat, the size would be 15″ x 18″…exactly the size of my accent tables (I have two of them…his and her’s you know)!
I wanted to get this made last month, to replace the Valentine placemats that are still on my tables.
I don’t have to decorate ‘in season’, do I?
One day, I might have enough seasonal table toppers/placemats to decorate in a timely manner.
That’s the goal.
I have finished the Earth, Wind and Water table runner that I talked about in this post.
I decided to keep the quilting simple and do straight line quilting with a walking foot.
A close up of the the contrasting blue thread quilting:
Did I say simple? Yeah, I thought I would simply stitch in the ditch to finish up this project.
I am here to tell you that stitching in the ditch takes considerable time when there are sooooooooooooooooo many ditches to stitch!
Sweet little birds floating on the back:
Close up the quilting:
The texture will show up better after I wash the table runner.
I am happy with the results, and this table runner will get good use.
One of the projects that I want to focus on this year is making small projects, such as table runners. To do this, I decided to go through my years old saved collection of downloaded from the internet and magazine patterns. If I don’t care for the pattern anymore, then I am passing it on. If I like it, then I am going to make it, and then pass the pattern on.
Last month, I made the Curved Nine Patch table runner.
This month I am working with a pattern saved from Quiltmaker magazine back in Sept./Oct. 2009. The pattern is called Earth, Wind and Water. (I was able to find one of the off center pineapple block foundation patterns used in this table runner here.)
It is a paper pieced pattern.
I do not like paper piecing. I find the whole process tedious.
Nevertheless…I like the pattern. So I shall make it once, and pass on the pattern to someone else when I am finished.
Four of the blocks have 27 pieces each.
Here is one:
And here are four:
With the exception of the borders, I have the table runner pieced.
Next time that I share this project, I will have the borders sewn, and the table runner quilted.
I realized that I need to make table runners/table toppers (maybe even some mug rugs) this year. So I have begun with a Curved Nine Patch table runner that I only had photos for the back (which you can find that post, and a pattern link, by clicking here).
Here are the two table runners, finished, but not washed:
Close up of some of the quilting:
The unwashed back (and the last back photo that I am ever going to take of these things):
Washed (which I like much better), and on the tables: