Monday, January 16, 2023

Small Winter Quilted Decor Ideas

 Winter Table Runner and Pillows

Hello Friends! Happy Monday and welcome to 2023!

I’m late getting my first post of the new year out due to last minute holiday travel plans and doing year-end inventory for my shop. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

Every January I pull out my blue and white quilted runners and pillows to celebrate the winter season. We live in Central Florida and most days in January are sunny and warm. This year it’s been cold and chilly, so we had to turn the heat on.

I wanted new items for 2023! I had thirteen-layer cake squares in various shades of blue left over from a baby quilt I made last year, so I challenged myself to use those 10 x 10 squares for my latest items.

Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) Runner - Super Simple

QAYG is a unique technique that allows you to piece and quilt at the same time. There are several methods available under the QAYG category. Lots of books and videos are available on the topic, my favorite authors/instructors are Jera Brandvig and Monica Poole.

For this runner I found a small rectangular scrap of batting in my stash and cut thirty strips measuring 1.5 inches wide from the layer cake squares.

The finished quilted runner measures 10 x 30 inches, small but perfect for our coffee table!

Foundation Strip Pieced Table Runner

Foundation strip piecing is another quick and easy quilt block great for stash busting. Since my strips were only ten inches long, I chose to use a 7-inch foundation block. I used this newsprint paper as my foundation. I do a lot of paper piecing and this paper is great, tears easily and I can run it through my ink jet printer.

My center strips are 2.5 inches, the blue strips are various widths. I made 8 blocks for this runner.

Improv pieced quilted pillow with embroidery

With the last of my blue strips, I sewed them end to end to form nine strips twenty-one inches wide, added background fabric to the center creating a 21-inch square. I added batting and quilted the patchwork before adding the embroidery design.

The finished pillow measures 20 x 20.

I’m happy I was able to complete the challenge and have my first finishes for 2023!

Until next time…happy sewing and crafting!

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