Friday, January 1, 2010

In Which I Spend a Holiday Making a Table Runner

The pattern in Block F from Oh, Fransson's modern sampler quilt. 

Last-minute photo before throwing the gift in the washing machine.

I had to be strategic about which fabrics I used. What would I have enough of? What would look good together? And in their home?

Ironically and luckily, I already had this back made from another quilt that I ended up not using. That saved a little time.

Love how the quilting came out! On the diagonal with two lines per.
At 10 a.m. this morning, I got a hair-brained idea to make a last-minute gift; a table runner for my in-laws who were to arrive at 4 p.m. I literally spent all day making this table runner putting the final stitches in the binding at 3:38 p.m. When they arrived, my hair was still wet as I had just gotten out of the shower!

The good new is they liked the gift and I got rid of over 150 grams of Amy Butler scraps! I still have over 400 to use and am considering issuing a challenge to myself to use them up within the next 2 weeks doing various scrap projects. Thoughts?

So, here is my day/project in pictures. Enjoy - and, oh yeah, happy new year. 


  1. Wow, very impressive. How long have you been quilting? And, you are not alone, I've done many a last minute project. I'll be following you on your stash busting, that's my project too, and I've got lots of stash. Will also be updating my blog, haven't done so since the beginning of December, and had a lot of Christmas projects finished since then. Take a look if you get a chance.

  2. Hi Sarah,
    I love the idea of your 2010 Stash Resolution and I'll be joining you! My challenge will be twofold: (1) finish one UFO each month; (2) make one 2010 holiday gift each month. I love your idea of using as much of what you have as possible.
    I'll be checking your blog for inspiration!

  3. Thanks for your comments!

    @Gigi - Love your blog. I will follow yours as well.

    @Patty - Keep us posted on your progress! :-)

  4. I thought this was a great scrap quilt: I saw it when I was trolling around. I cut my scraps into 2 or 2.5" squares and make four patches with them. Eventually I should have enough to make a scrap quilt.