Sunday, November 28, 2010

Simple Gifts Part 3 and...


 One of my favorite gifts to give is a holiday table runner.  A couple of years ago I made over a dozen from this pattern to give as gifts.  I didn't keep a Christmas one for myself and have been planning to make one using The 12 Days of Christmas since I first saw this fabric.


I made my runner just a bit longer than the pattern--adding in another section to the middle of the runner. It was hard to get a picture of the entire runner!  I can't wait to get it quilted and bound and on the table for this Christmas season!


The pattern is from Heather Mulder Peterson's Charmed and Dangerous and is called the "Crossroads Table Runner."  I love this pattern because it's super simple to make and also because it showcases the fabrics so well. For my version I used just one fabric for the lights (the pattern calls for you to use several of the light charm squares here).  I'll be binding it with the tonal red that I used for the posts. One final reason that I love to give table runners is that I can often quilt them myself, and this is a great pattern to practice on--since the runner isn't too wide it's a great beginning project for machine quilting.

  We were able to spend a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family in northern Utah. We were lucky that our travels were between two snowstorms and that we had clear roads; however, high temperatures never were above 12 degrees Fahrenheit--and I don't even want to know how cold it was at night!  The cold weather gave us a perfect reason to stay in, and so I got quite a bit of handwork finished.  My sister-in-law had two new projects I hadn't seen before.  The first one is her current project--the Lincoln Quilt.  It's really going to be a spectacular quilt when she is finished!

 The second quilt I had to share is one I just fell in love with. The colors and fabric choices were just perfect--and the quilt just brightens the whole room!


I love this quilt...when I asked to see the pattern I realized it was designed by Pat Sloan! The title of the pattern is "Ma-Ma's Garden"--truly a gorgeous quilt! Hope you have a wonderful day!


31 comments:

CJ said...

I just used that very pattern to make a runner using Glace! I really like yours in 12 Days and making it longer was genius!

Sarita said...

You have made a nice table runner, I like the colors. And the other quilts are also beautyfull.
Greetings, Sarita

Cheryll said...

All your work is beautiful! I love coming to visit.:)

Stephanie said...

Sweet table runner. Gorgeous quilts. I had Ma Mas Garden many moons ago. I fell in love with the BIG design. Years later I gave the pattern away realizing that I didn't like to applique and would probably never use the pattern. I love seeing it again. Thank you for sharing.

Carol said...

I'm crazy about your table runner...love 12 Days! Just love it! Your sister's quilts are beautiful!

Sharon said...

I am going to have to find this pattern, yours has turned out beautiful! Love the rest of your quilt pics too!

Linda said...

Love the runner. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the other quilts. Beautiful!

Michele said...

Wow, is that cold! It reminds me of our time in Maine. Fun, but very, very cold! Beautiful table runner and beautiful quilts! I wish I could enjoy applique more than I do. I love how it looks but I'm not a fan of the process!

Victoria Paige said...

I really love the table runner pattern! Wish I had seen that before I started sewing up my own.

PatSloan said...

I just adore her version!! That is fabulous... thank you for sharing with me!

Cindy said...

I love, love, love your table runner!

Kim Walus said...

I love the tablerunner and the quilts that your sister-in-law made are just spectacular. Wow!

Darlene said...

Love your tablerunner!

Your sister-in-law has some fabulous quilts.

Terriaw said...

I definitely need another table runner for our kitchen table for the season, and I do love this pattern! Thanks for the simple idea!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love your tablerunner. The fabrics are so happy aren't they? Everyone could use another tablerunner.
Happy Holidays Sherri.

Quilt Hollow said...

The table runner is wonderful...that bright and cheerful Pat Sloan number is AWESOME....not my colors but something I thoroughly enjoy and makes me wished that I could have had a daughter for quilts like that!

Cardygirl said...

Great tablerunner...love that happy bright quilt too!

julia said...

Hi Sherri!
I KNEW there was a pattern I wanted to have to make some Christmas pressies...the runner is beautiful and I'm sure it'll make your home fesitve!
Have a great week,
Julia

Carrie P. said...

I love the table runner. I especially like those fabrics.
How fun that you and your SIL can share quilting ideas with each other. Here quilts are fabulous.

Annette said...

Your runner turned out beautiful. And Your sister's Pat Sloan quilt is so fun! I can see why you love it.

Suzie said...

I love your table runner, the fabrics are lovely! Beautiful quilts from your sister-in-law.

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, that table runner is so pretty! I love those fabrics. Table runners are a great gift too -- for all the reasons you mentioned!

onlymehere said...

Yes, it's been unseasonably cold here in Northern Utah. We're having weather that we usually have in January except luckily without the inversions. It looks like it's going to be a wet cold winter up here!
Cindy

randi---i have to say said...

what a cute table runner!

Diane said...

Lov'n the table runner!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

love your SIL's projects. She's fun. Also the table runner really is a perfect gift. I like making them for all seasons.

Jenny said...

I absolutely love your table runner. I'm working on a little 12 Days of Christmas Quilt myself. It's such a great fabric line!

kate spain said...

ooooh! your table runner is so funn! I'm loving your "Simple Gifts" series, Sherri. Are you sure you don't work for Santa? ;) xo, kate

Rene' said...

I am so glad you showed your table runner! I have two charm packs of Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas but didn't know what to use them for. Now I know!!! Yours is so pretty! Glad you had safe travels over Thanksgiving.

Colleen Greene said...

I love that table runner pattern and your choice of fabric!

-- Colleen @ Made by Colleen

Sew Create It - Jane said...

That Ma-Ma's Garden is stunning. Just the thing to brighten a room!