I just finished working on a table runner this week. It was a pattern I wanted to try out and, after completing the table runner, I decided I liked it enough that I will be making a full quilt from the same block pattern soon. You just cant beat using a table runner as a test piece. Not only does it help you test the colors and pattern, but when you’re done, you have a new runner for yourself or to give as a gift.
If you’re looking for a good table runner pattern for yourself, or to give to a friend, here are some great patterns from which to choose:
Big stitch quilting is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to finish a quilt. It is fast, easy, and inexpensive. It’s great for finishing baby quilts, utility quilts, scrap quilts, charity quilts, and just about any kind of quilt!
If you would like to purchase any of the items mentioned in the video, you can do so here:
Half-square triangles are such a versatile unit, and I can’t stop making them! This quilt is made of 6-inch half-square triangles, which means it’s very fast to put together because the triangles are large. So if you’re looking for a fast pattern that appears more sophisticated, this Honeycomb pattern is for you.
I just started using these bobbin boxes and I am loving them. Anything that helps me stay organized in my sewing room is a big bonus! Now my bobbins stay organized and don’t unravel. I can easily grab the box out of my drawer next to my sewing machine when I need another bobbin.
When I first saw a paper-pieced quilt, I couldn’t figure out how it was made. The geometric pattern seemed so intricate. It was not obvious, by looking at it, how it was constructed. But I knew I would never be able to use such unusual quilt pieces and actually make a successful block. But then I learned the paper-piecing technique and discovered how easy it was once I know how.
Whether you’re a beginner or already have made paper-pieced quilts, I have found some new patterns that you might like to try:
Here is another item that I have been using in my sewing room to help me get organized, especially near my sewing machine. As we sew, we are constantly using different tools, like small scissors, bobbins and pins. The Sewing Caddy holds my stuff, and helps me stay organized. Besides that, they are just darn cute! The caddy comes in an Owl, Lady Bug and Porcupine. You can get one today from the Quilted Turtle in the links below:
Flying Geese is one of those traditional patterns that can made into many many different types of quilts. You can use the pattern to make a very old-fashioned quilt, or arrange the blocks into a more modern pattern.
Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
I remember in the mid ’90s when quilters started trading charm squares that were 5-inch pieces of fabric. We would collect them, and when we had enough, we would make a quilt that was made up of the charms, with no one fabric ever being used more than once. It as fun to swap and trade until you had enough for a quilt.
Today, Moda uses this concept and has adapted it to their Charm Packs. They take one line of fabric, which often has several fabrics in it, and cut 5-inch squares of each fabric in the line. The pack will often have 2 of each fabric. We now can easily buy the 5-inch squares ready to put into a quilt. I love Charm Packs because the fabrics all go together so well since they are all one line of fabric. It takes a lot off the work out of choosing colors for your next quilt.
Here are some patterns that are perfect for you to use up those charm packs!
I like quilts that are easy and quick. This baby quilt fits the bill. This traditional log cabin block has been created in pretty pink colors that any girl would love. And because of the way the blocks are set, it makes a secondary geometric diagonal stripe.