Christmas Tree Table Runner

At the last minute, I needed a Christmas gift for a family husband and wife.  You know, the ones that you don’t have a clue what to get them and you’ve already bought way too many bottles of wine.

So I pulled out my Christmas fabrics and made a Christmas Tree tablerunner.  There are tutorials on the web for this design but I decided to use my 60 degree ruler and go for it.  I cut as many trees for the length I wanted.  Sewed them together. Decided what width tree trunk would look good and then calculated the background piece needed.  I used whole trees on the both ends but trimmed them in the middle plus 1/4”.

It’s quilted with a simple feather design in the trees and straight lines in the background.  My family members seemed to be very pleased with it.


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Quilting Experiment on Those Trees by Zen Chic

When I saw this pattern this summer I knew I had to make it and knew that I wanted to play around with the quilting. There is so much space to play in.   I used the embroidery patterns from Snow Days by Crabapple Hill.  They are such fun scenes of kids playing in the snow and picturesque buildings.  Staples enlarged them 150% and I traced the sections I decided to use with a Flexion pen. The scenes are quilted with a shinny medium grey thread and the snow filler quilting is done with Sew Fine white.

It it was difficult to photograph. If you enlarge the picture you can see the scenes


I have another set of trees which don’t have the stars on yet.  I’m going to play with the arrangement and probably do the same quilting.  I gave away this one for Christmas but I want one for myself.

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Bright Child’s Quilt

Sharon’s bright child’s quilt is a delight. The bricks are colorful and playful and I love how the border echoes the bricks without just being a wide strip of fabric all around. There’s nothing wrong with that and this style border means more piecing, but it really works with this pattern. Sharon used a Minky type fabric for the back.

Bubbles pantograph with orange thread.


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Appliqué and Piecing Beauty

I’ve always loved the combination of piecing and appliqué and this one is no exception. Jeanne made this quilt from a pattern in a book and her quilt is so much better than the published one. Her fabric selection is lovely.  Jeanne requested orange peel quilting with the appliqué outlined, a few feathers around the appliqué and a feathered border.


Hope you enjoyed seeing this lovely quilt today.


Quilting Idea from a Friendship Quilt

Although I’m a longarm quilter, I’ve had quilt tops hanging in my quilt closet for quite awhile waiting to be quilted.  I finally started on a friendship signature quilt top that was probably constructed about 10 years ago. I didn’t have anything to put in my Guild’s quilt show so that motivated me.  It has touched my heart to see those blocks and the signatures of my friends in the Queen Bee. Some of them have passed away and some have moved away, but I remember them whenever I look at this quilt.

Here it is hanging in the show.


I used my favorite, easy quilting design to quilt the blocks-line dancing. You simply make a bracket like this }.  If the space is to big, divide it in half.  If it’s a square, in addition to quilting around the square, quilt through the middle from corner to corner and back.  You can quilt entire blocks without stopping.  Don’t worry about being exact.  It will look good when you’re finished.

I used a stencil, Golden Chains (HW 85) to mark the plain block for quilting.  I’ve tried all the ideas for using chalk with stencils without success, so I use Frixon pen.


For the corner and setting triangles, I use a section of the stencil.


Give line dancing a try.  It’s easy, quick, and very forgiving. In other words, the perfect quilting idea.

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