Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Table Runners 1, 2 & 3!

This last week I finished up & got my table runner for the Table Top Swap on it's way to it's new home! I really loved trying out this new block from Amber at One Shabby Chick. It's very easy & looks so great! I used Flea market Fancy & my favorite Lakehouse seed catalog print.


   I made up three blocks & sashed them with a 2" grey heath like print.

I couldn't decide on the quilting for awhile but in the end went with a simple stipple that brings the look together.

It's bound it in a pretty aqua posie FMF print & I hand bound it for a perfect finish. The backing is a claire blocks print in yellow.

I am so happy with how it turned out, I wished I could keep it for myself!:)

My partner likes brights,retro & FMF so I hope this will make her squeal with delight!

And I finally remembered to add my labels! So much fun!

This is the lovely runner I received in the swap. My partner got my love of simplicity & straight line quilting down! The colors are so bright!

Maybe you all have suggestions on what do you do when you receive something in a swap that you feel is not really your style? There are times that I feel bad that I'm not super excited about something, but still I want to appreciate all the time & work that my partner put into making the item for me? 
My conclusion has been to just be happy with what I get & thank the person anyway for all their time & effort. Who knows, maybe the item's I send out are met with the same feelings?! I guess that is the risk in a swap like this. There are times where I've thought "why not just follow along but make myself a item that I love" but then what is the fun in that? There is always that chance that I'll get something really great in return!

So apparently I've been on a table runner kick these last two weeks, because look what else got finished up! I've had this quilted & ready for the binding for a while now & finally got it sewn on & hand stitched it to the back during a movie the other night! 

These are just simple coins & strips of Heather Bailey fabric along with some essex linen. I love how it's so light but bright at the same time & so perfect for summer! I have it on my dining room table now with a vase of flowers fresh from the garden! The joys of summer!

May you all have a great week sewing beautiful things!


Linking up to Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations 

And Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story 

I am also adding my two finished table runners to 12 in "12 challenge over at Amy's. 


  1. Karen, Those are beautiful. I'm with you your partner sent you the perfect colors. I'm getting a little inspired again! Makes me wish I had more time to sew. Have a good one. Cassie

  2. Everything looks amazing! I have yet to cut into my FMF fabric, but I might have to get to it after seeing your table runner. Where did you get those cute labels?

  3. You have another lucky partner: ) Love the FMF but that Jen Pag on the back is one of my all-time faves!!!

  4. The table runner you made for your swap partner is gorgeous! Thanks for linking up on my bloc and entering my giveaway.

  5. found you through Chase! I looked up your blog on Flickr. Fabulous table runners!

  6. All very pretty and love your little label. When will you post the traveling stash box?

  7. Gorgeous table runners - beautiful quilting too


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