Monday, April 6, 2015

Quick Runner

My mom has a birthday in April and she hinted told me that she would like a spring table runner. Here's the thing about my mom - she doesn't sew. At. All. She doesn't understand it and has no interest in it, other than the finished product. As far as she's concerned a one fabric mug rug takes as long to make as a king-size, hand-stitched postage stamp quilt!

That's a bit of a problem when she wants a large quilt. She doesn't think anything of asking me to whip out a quilt for her bed or for a church fund-raiser or even for one of her friends. In her mind the hard part is choosing which fabrics go together.

The upside is when she wants something small like a table runner -  I can use great fabrics in colors that she loves and she'll think it was a very complicated project.

So.....I made her this quick bargello-ish table runner for her birthday. It took all of about 2 hours start to finish. I think the straight-line quilting took longer than anything else.


It actually turned out prettier than I expected and now I kind of want to make one for myself!

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful! It sure says "Spring!"

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  2. It is beautiful. My mom doesn't sew either but what she does enjoy is buying fabric. Win/win!

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    1. Nice! I wish your mom would talk to my mom! ;)

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  3. That is really cute. I love the colors.

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    1. Thanks Sally - they complimented each other better than I expected (for a change)!

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  4. I think most of the non-quilting/sewing world thinks our projects are simple and fast. I know my sister has no idea of the time involved.

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    1. I know - how many times have we all heard, "oh cute - you should sell your stuff"? The only ones who would understand the pricing are other quilters! Thanks for visiting my blog, Danette!

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  5. From one Vicki to another(even spelled the same!) love your runner, it is just beautiful and makes me want to make one too! Did you use 2.5" strips?

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    1. Hi Vicki in MN! I cut the prints 8-1/2" X WOF and the cream 4-1/2" X WOF. Then I sewed them together, alternating cream and prints..all sides including the last 2 edges so I had a tube. Does that make sense? Then I cut 2-1/2" strips and sort of rotated the pieces to make the prints stagger. Then they were cut open wherever the tops ended up at and sewn together. Good heavens, that sounds goofy! I'm going to make another one for myself so I could post pictures. It was really quick and easy!
      You might want to follow my blog (I could sure use a few followers) and watch for it. :)
      ~Vicki in NV

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  6. Here it is just the opposite. My daughters can not sew and acting like your mother. Sometimes a little bit frustrating.... You made a beautiful tablerunner for her. So sweet of you.
    Love for Amsterdam.

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    1. Hi Maartje - I suppose your situation is more common. When you're younger, you don't have a lot of time for a hobby like quilting! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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