Christmas Table Runner

table runner 2

Happy new year!

For the first few blog posts of the new year, I’ll be playing a bit of catch-up. I sewed quite a few gifts this Christmas, and now that everything is with its new owners, I can share them here.

First up is the Christmas table runner I made for Annie of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. At the November meeting, those of who wanted to participate filled out a short survey as to what fabric we liked and what our ideal swap gift would be. I received Annie’s name, and she said she liked Cotton + Steel fabric and wanted a holiday table runner.

I got a bit of a slow start on the project, and I didn’t have time to order any fabric for the project. So I stopped by Sewn Studio to see what they had for Cotton + Steel. They had several fabrics from the line, but nothing looked remotely Christmasy.

tablerunner block1

So I decided to make it a low-key Christmas. I picked up some tan and red Cotton + Steel, as well as some red Charley Harper fabric.

The star block I went with is from the book Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods. It’s my go-to book for these kinds of projects, and this has become one of my go-to blocks.

To mix it up a bit, I added a wintery tan and red fabric from my stash for the center block and sashing fabric.

tablerunner block2

tablerunner 3

The quilting on the table runner caused me some fits. For some reason, my machine insisted that the thread in bobbin be the exact same as the main thread. Not just the same brand, but the same color, too. The tension was completely off unless they matched. Needless to say, that wasn’t what I had planned for the look on the back of the table runner.

table runner back

But, as I mentioned, I was a bit behind schedule-wise, so that’s the way I quilted it. Even then, the quilted ended up being on the light side, as are most of my projects. But this year, I’m thinking I want to resolve to make my quilting a bit denser. We’ll see.

table runner

At the December CMQG meeting, I gave my gift to Annie, and I received a gift from Wendy. Wendy recently gave a talk to the guild about making hexies, so I was pleased that the gift she gave me was filled with them!

Wendy table topper

The table topper fit perfectly under our shoe Christmas tree. And it couldn’t have matched Greg’s Cthulhu ornament any better. Thanks, Wendy!

Wendy table topper 2

Quilt Show and Mug Rugs

This past weekend, I went with Heather Jones to spend the day manning the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild booth at a quilt show in Louisville. The show asked the guild to contribute some quilts as well as, so between the booth and show, we were very well represented. (Here’s a link to the CMQG blog post about the event with lots of photos of our quilts.)

I contributed my good ol’ String Quilt #2 that I had made last year. And as luck would have it, I was able to show it off to one of the two ladies who inspired the quilt! Virginia Baker, co-author of String Quilt Revival, the book from which I got the pattern for the quilt, just happened to have a booth at the show, too.

Virginia Baker in Louisville

Me and Virginia Baker, co-author of String Quilt Revival.

She spotted me walking the show, and I was so glad she did! It’s always great to catch up with my former authors and see what they’re working on now. In the case of Ginger and her co-author and sister Bobbie, it’s seven new patterns. I love this new one titled Wedged. I just can’t seem to get enough of string quilts.


While at the booth, I had some time to do a little handwork, so I finished up the binding on two mug rugs I have been working on.

The first one is for my sister Carrie, a librarian, to donate to a library association fundraiser. I found a few fabrics I liked that evoked “library” or at least “words,” and the pattern is one from the book Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods. It measures 11.5″ square.

Comma star mug rug

The second one is an improv block I made after fussy-cutting some teapot fabric. This one measures 8.5″ x 10″. It’ll either be the second mug rug Carrie donates to the fundraiser, or it will be the one I bring to the September CMQG mug rug swap.

teapot mug rug

I’ve got one more mug rug to go by next week, then I’ll need to figure out my next project!