Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer runner

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I finally dusted off my sewing machine and made this summery table runner for a gift using a charm pack and a half yard of white fabric.  The fabric is Treasures and Tidbits.

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To make this quick runner cut 160 squares 1.75" x 1.75", and pick out 40 – 5" squares or use a charm pack.

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Make a snowball block by sewing a white square in each corner of the 5" square.  I find it easiest to chain piece when I make these blocks, and as you can see down below I used my masking tape trick instead of marking all of those tiny squares with pencil lines.

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Then sew them together 4 blocks in a row & 10 rows. Or 10 blocks in a row &  4 rows….whatever suites your fancy.

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I got A LOT of questions about keeping my lines straight when I do straight line quilting.  Usually I use the edge of my foot as a guide….or if I’m doing thicker lines I have a nifty bar/guide  that hooks into my walking foot.  I think more than anything straight lines just take practice…lots and lots of practice. But even after lots of practice you’ll still get some crooked lines…guaranteed (see those quilting lines up there??? crooked!)  So don’t be so hard on yourselves if you get a crooked line here or there.  :)

54 comments:

Linz said...

That is darling! Thanks for sharing! I think I must make one! :)

Heidi said...

Beautiful fresh table runner !

Mrs D said...

That masking tip is brilliant. so simple but sanity saving! thanks. such a cute little table runner

Kim said...

I need a summer runner, and this one looks perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Rebekah said...

I just finished hand-quilting my first piece and one row is SO crooked. I'm going to have to pick it out and redo that one, or it will drive me crazy forever.

Karenkay said...

Very cute!

Annabella said...

Adorable - and thanks for the tutorial!

"Lois Grebowski" said...

So bright and cheery. Love it. Love that fabric. New line?

Ashley said...

Cute! What a great addition to a summer table!

Elsa said...

like it a lot! and love the little masking tape trick. thanks so much!

Alex Duenkel said...

So pretty! You just inspired me!

tinystitches said...

So cute -- love your choice of fabrics for a summer rummer!! Tucking this away for later. Thank you!

Debbie said...

Cute little runner!!

Ricki said...

I love charm packs! They are perfect for quick little projects. Your table runner looks great!

Betty Lou said...

Little snowballs in summer that should keep someone cool. Very nice.

tracy_a said...

cute idea!

Molly said...

Very nice!! Bright and cheerful and fun!

♥Duff said...

completely forgot about the masking tape trick--love it! Your runner is adorable & easy--my kind of project!

Kris said...

Super cute! Love the fabric!

mamabug said...

Thanks for the idea and especially the masking tape trick. That's a keeper!!! Can't wait to make one and to share with my family :)

a little bit biased said...

It's a very happy runner. So cute!

Britt-Inger said...

A wonderful and fresh summer runner
I love it

Keriann said...

That is SUPER cute! I have been itching to make a table runner! What perfect motivation! Thanks! Now...let's see if I actually get it done! hehe

Kathy@mishmashmom said...

When I looked at the title of your post, I thought that you had stopped quilting and taken up running for the summer. "Noooooo!" I thought. Thank goodness it was the OTHER kind of runner. :) Thanks for the fun idea!
Kathy

Jackie Russell said...

Snowballs in the summer, how cool! Love the hexegons and no handsewing. Yeah!

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

LOVE this!

Linda said...

I love the colors and fabrics you used! It gives that little block such a modern look.

Christine said...

That is so fresh and pretty!

Suzy said...

Such a happy little table runner! Love how you used simple white to set off the colorful snowballs! Really cute! Thanks for sharing.

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

Very cute and summery! I love it, I was just thinking about that new fabric line, Going Coastal, that would look super cute with this pattern too. It reminded me of it.

bethanndodd said...

What a special gift...I want one! BUT, I am not looking forward to cutting 160 little white squares...yikes!

Nancy said...

Such a cute table runner! The recipient will love it!

Sarah Marie said...

Very nice! I use blue painters tape directly on my fabric and use it as a guide. It works like magic!

shez said...

well done it looks fantastic

Three Sisterz said...

great project! i love it and want to make one! ps. your banner is awesome!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Such a cute summertime runner...

sariah said...

Fabulous! Love your colors....

Royce said...

Love the tape trick. Looks like it would really speed up several different block designs.

joannelesinski said...

SWEET !!! I love snowballs.

paigernate said...

SO FUN allison! can i be you when i grow up? :)

Andrea R said...

Oooo, I've been tinkering of Christmas runners & a bunch of snowball blocks would be really killer.

Jamie Lee said...

Thanks for the peace of mind about straight line quilting...I am just finishing up quilting the lines on my fall tumbler quilt that I wanted to make after I saw yours. None of the lines are perfect, but it is such a striking quilt with all the different color and scale that I love it so much! Your tablerunner is beautiful!

Side Stitches said...

I just love this! As soon as I opened the page, I said "Ooooo!" The colors are just fabulous. And it's such a fun pattern. Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn said...

I love snowballs. Love your colors. Thanks for sharing!

Silver MLM

one day at a time said...

This is amazing. I'm going to try it. I've never quilted before and I think this is going to be the first attempt. Thank you for the inspiration!

Leslie said...

I just love your choices in colors, gives me ideas of what I can put together!

Henrietta said...

I love it! So bright and summery, I am going to try this soon! Thanks for sharing!

Eileen said...

Darling. Love snowballing and the vibrancy is great. Great idea of the masking tape. Love it!

Khris said...

I love snowball blocks....always looks great.
Well done..hugs Khris

Karen said...

What a pretty summer runner. I love to make snowball blocks.

quilter000 said...

so is there a tut for it? really pretty and I think would be good for any Holiday

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Thanks for sharing! The tablerunner looks beautiful, I just sew one myself ☺

Beertje Zonn said...

I like it!

Beertje Zonn

Diana said...

Hi, love this idea what a great way to use up a pack of charms. I would love to know the finished size of your runner.
hugs
Diana

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