Sunday, June 21, 2015

Christmas Table Runner

Well, I've torn myself away from my basement enclave to bring you a second finish for this week!  This is one of the projects on my Q2 FAL list at On the Windy Side.

I actually had the hand quilting finished last weekend, but this week's posts had to do with the New Bloggers Hop and Cheryl's Grande Scrappy Tiles pattern launch, and so the binding didn't get finished hand-sewing down until yesterday!

This past week in quilting blogland I've seen no less than two others, so 3 counting my own, decades-old projects finally finished.  First, I saw some cute baskets that Wendy (she's hilarious) started 26 years ago and finished this week over at The Crafter's Apprentice, and second, I saw a beautiful honeymoon quilt finish by Bernie, the fabric for which was purchased on said honeymoon 17 years ago!  So I am in good company showing this finally finished project which I started in 1998 or 99, so 16 or 17 years ago.
Here you can see the pointed end of the well as the banana plants and elephant ears. I'm curious to see the change in them in a couple of months
And, who knew, but it's an original design!  Here I thought I had something new going over the past year with the creative bursts of inspiration -- I'm doodling and sketching and sewing and publishing (eeek- see the Moda Bakeshop button on the sidebar, still excited about that).  Apparently this designing thing has been in me and into fabric for longer than I realize.

I love star blocks.  They are my favourite.  So I put three different ones all within one table runner and set them on point.
Evening or Sawtooth Star
Rising Star
Ohio Star
I bought all the fabric except for the backing at my LQS at the time, Lori's Country Cottage.  I love the Old World Santas fabric.  However, it does not show the hand-quilting off very well, and it was really difficult to find a marker that would show the lines I marked, so I just marked small sections at a time.  I did a simple cable there.  The straight lines in the dark green (which has pretty cool shading, no?) were done right around the start of the new millenium.  Can you believe that's over 15 years ago now?!

I won't win any awards for 20 stitches to the inch; I bet I maybe have 6-8, and that's not consistently!  Still, it is done, the first entirely hand-quilted piece I've done.  Here is the back:

Although I still have some of each of the fabrics used within the runner, I didn't have enough of any of them for the binding.  Happily I had almost a full fat quarter of this red with crowns on that I thought worked really well with the other gold-flecked fabrics.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: original design
Size:  60"X23.75"
Fabric: I don't know because I have none left with selvages on!
Backing: cotton purchased at Fabricland
Batting: 100% cotton purchased at my LQS specifically for hand quilting, but I don't know the brand
Quilted: by hand by me
Threads: Gutermann hand quilting cotton

Another project I completed this week is recovering the top for my cedar hope chest, a gift from my parents for my 18th birthday. (ya now that baby is decades old, but we won't go there!)

Here is the before:

Yep that grouse fabric just wore right out...darn, right?!
And here is what it looks like now!
Bella approves!
This fabric is from, bought this past winter. I thought it was quilting weight cotton, but it is somewhere between that and canvas.  I thought maybe I'd still use it for fabric baskets, a bag, or cushion covers...and then a few days ago, it hit me!  Did I have enough? Yep, if I pieced two 2.5" strips on the long sides, it would be perfect.  With my husband on the super whack-master staple gun, and me on the stretching and positioning of fabric, we did it.  Awww, yeah!  I love it.

If you are observant, you'll have noticed Summer Scents Mosaic is on our bed. :-)
We slept under it last night and it was great! It washed up just wonderfully, no shrinkage other than the usual with cotton fabrics.  So the key to using flannelette or flannel as batting is to wash and dry it in the dryer before layering and quilting.  I might have found out the hard way what happens when one does not do this...
Linking up with Pet Project Saturday at Pink Doxies.


  1. My goodness, Sandra! So this is why you've been offline! Good work. I love the old world Santa fabric, and cheers to an original design, too. Bella needed that huge tuffet, I'm sure, to keep her eye on things. Keep up the progress, and thank you for linking up to the Pet Project Show.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

  2. I really like the Christmas runner, those are some of my favorite blocks, so classic. Your GST quilt looks awesome on your bed!

  3. Congratulations on finishing up an old WIP - does it feel good to have it finished?! The recovering on your chest looks great, too, especially with Bella and Summer Scents Mosaic in the background, too.

  4. What a fun post! It feel so good to get the projects finished, doesn't it? And now when the holidays roll around, which seems to happen faster with each year, you will have something new for your table. Perfect! The cover for the Hope chest is wonderful and looks great with your new quilt bend it. Well done!

  5. The runner is amazing, and to think it's all done by hand? Wow! The cover on the hope chest looks fantastic! Looks like Bella approves!
    It sure is hard to believe that the new millennium was already 15 years ago! I love to bring up at every opportunity the fact that not only did I have my kids in different decades, they are also born in two different centuries and two different millenniums! That makes me sound like a dinosaur but there it is!

  6. How beautiful - and I love that all of the stars are different! Very impressed that you hand quilted the whole thing. How are you liking the hand quilting as compared to machine quilting?

  7. Congrats on finishing your hand quilting! It looks beautiful and just in time for Christmas in July. Hand quilting a table runner sounds like fun, and a lot faster than the queen size quilts I have done. :)

  8. Fantastic finish for a vintage UFO!! Love your update to the cedar chest :-)

  9. Your Christmas runner fits right in with today's tastes Sandra - very nice design too!
    What a major improvement for the fabric on your cedar chest! Summer scents looks beautiful on your bed. Nice to know how comfy it turned out.

  10. Great projects Sandra. Isn't hand quilting long as the project isn't too big or that you're not in a hurry to be finished. I really love your cedar chest. It looks really good!

  11. Great finish, and it's so nice to see such a lovely project done after so long in the cupboard. I'm helping Adrianne with the FAL and I am to say that I am visiting as part of the 2015 FAL Cheerleading Team.

  12. I got a cedar chest from my parents when I was 18 too. My dad made mine. I think that was a thing back in the day, but I don't think kids today get them. Probably a "hope chest" is no longer politically correct. Hmph!


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