Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Festive Quilted Christmas Table Decor

 I love decorating our holiday table with festive runners or placemats.

Below are a few I've made this past year hoping to inspire you.

Farmhouse Placemats:

This set of 4 Christmas farmhouse style placemats measuring 13 x 19 inches. I created the 6 x 12-inch tree block using flying geese. Inspiration for the tree block was from a free pattern from - "Icy Blues" you can find the pattern here. Scrappy bindings are my favorite!

Farmhouse Style Quilted Placemats, Set of 4, green plaid, red vintage truck, measuring 13 x 19 inches, handmade

Strippy Trees Table Runner

This was a fun pattern to make! "Strippy Trees" table runner from Gundrun Erla's "Stripology Mixology" book.  The table runner measures 14 x 42 inches.  I made this one for a customer, there is a wall hanging layout that I adored and will be making for myself sometime next year.

Poinsettia Galore

Some fabrics are too beautiful to cut up!

In my shop I offer these table runners in assorted sizes, elegant with simple straight-line quilting. 

Until next time....happy crafting!

Monday, December 19, 2022

Log Cabin Christmas Quilts

 Log Cabin Christmas Table Topper

When I saw Sherri McConnell's Christmas log cabin table topper on her blog, A Quilting Life, I fell in love and knew I had to make one.

Sherri used Kate Spain fabric for her topper, and I too had some Kate Spain fabric in my stash.

Sherri used the Accuquilt die for cutting the fabric, I don't have an Accuquilt system, so I cut my own strips and was able to follow along. With one exception I started with a larger center square. I loved how she alternated the placement of the reds and greens in each block making the design itself really pop.

My topper measures 21 x 21 inches.

Quilted Log Cabin Table Topper, Scrappy Red and Green Fabric, Solstice by Kate Spain

UFO - Jelly Cabin Fever Quilt

In 2019 the Fat Quarter Shop hosted the Jelly Cabin Fever Quilt Along. They were introducing their twelve (12) inch log cabin foundation paper pads using a jelly roll.

I was late to the quilt along and didn't have the foundation paper, so I cut my own 2.5-inch strips in Christmas fabrics and used my Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool to piece the 12-inch blocks.

I completed the required sixteen log cabin blocks during the quilt along then stored them for a later day. 

Earlier this year while cleaning I found the blocks and decided it was time to finish the project!

The Fat Quarter Shop pattern has you assemble the blocks into quadrants. After doing that I chose to finish it using the QAYG technique, by basting and quilting each quadrant individually.

Once the quilting was done, I joined the quadrants, added backing, stitched in the ditch along both center seams and around the perimeter. Lastly, I sewed the binding on with my sewing machine.

Here is the finished quilt hanging on the wall in our hallway! I LOVE LOVE the modern pinwheel layout - another great pattern from the fabulous Fat Quarter Shop staff!

Courthouse Steps Christmas Mini Quilt

The courthouse steps quilt block is a variation of the log cabin quilt block. I find it easier to make because you can sew two steps/logs/sides before ironing!

The courthouse steps block is my favorite layout when making a mini quilt with an embroidery design being used as the center block.

One of my customers requested this design.

She requested two colorways -- red/green and red/gray.

This is what I produced:

red and gray:

red and green:

I love both but my favorite is the red/green mini quilt.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time --- happy crafting!

Friday, December 16, 2022

Holiday Tree Table Runner


Easy Christmas Quilted Table Runner

I make several quilted table runners each year to sell or give as gifts.

One of my favorite patterns for Christmas is the Missouri Star Quilt Holiday Tree Runner, using their half hexagon template.

This year I used Hustle & Bustle by Basic Grey Jolly Bar to make the Holiday Tree Runner. It is a beautiful fabric collection and both runners sold quickly. In the first runner, I used the darker red and green prints, the second runner I used the light and more traditional reds and greens. The border and binding fabrics are from the same collection. Backing fabrics are from my stash.

Jolly Bars are pre-cuts exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop, measuring 5 x 10 inches. Forty-two rectangles are in each Jolly Bar collection.

Christmas quilted table runner, half hexie table runner, quick easy quilt decor or gift item

Christmas quilted table runner, half hexie table runner, quick easy quilt decor or gift item

Christmas quilted table runner, half hexie table runner, quick easy quilt decor or gift item

The best thing about the MSQC Holiday Tree Runner pattern was it is simple and quick to make! The 5 x10 jolly bar measurement was perfect for this pattern, because waste is minimal. 

After making two runners measuring 19 x 40 inches, I still have quite a few rectangles remaining for a paper piecing project I’m working on.

The Holiday Tree Runner will make a great gift or perfect for dressing up your own Christmas table. Again, it’s easy to make, scrap friendly, and you don’t have to own the MSQC template, any hexagon ruler or regular ruler with a 60-degree marking will work! If you prefer video instruction watch here.

If you need help cutting out hexagons with a regular ruler, check out Debby Kratovil, Quilter by Design blog for helpful tips and instructions.

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