Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two Table Runner Finishes

I'm a little behind in blogging about a few items on my February "to-do list".  I finished up the quilting of this granny square table runner at the Quilt Bliss Retreat I went to in the beginning of February.  I was able to finish the binding a couple weeks later while sitting at 2 hours of futsal practices for my son.

Most of the fabrics are from Joel Dewberry's fabric line, Botanique.  
I really love him I mean his fabric :)  Big fan.

I added in a few others from my stash just to break things up a bit.

As you can see, I made 7 granny squares with no sashing in between.  Originally I had planned to sash it but then realized it wouldn't have fit on my table.  I kinda like how it turned out though.  I did add on some borders so that it would cover most of my table top.  I didn't want my decor to be tip toppy (that's a word, right? :)

All of my squares were cut at 2 1/2" 
so the blocks finished somewhere around 9".

For the quilting, I followed the edges of the outside squares with my walking foot to create a zig zag pattern.  Once I did the first line, I was able to use the walking foot to mark the rest at a 1/2" apart.  The zig zags kind of make a herringbone pattern and I love, love, love it!

It has a happy place in my family room and I love the fact that my new (ish) table is not getting scratched up anymore from my mercury glass vases 
(a TJ Maxx purchase from a year or so ago).

 I also finished up an old WIP and donated it 
to a church auction we had a few weeks ago.

This was a very simple pattern - just sashed 9-Patches.  
The fabric line is Hometown from Sweetwater 
(with of course, a few other ones from my stash thrown in!)

I quilted it myself with little loops.  I was kind of disappointed with that so don't look too close.  Guess I need to practice more!

Oh well, glad to check that one off my list!

Happy quilting!
~ Amber


Mad about Craft said...

They are both lovely!

I put little sticky felt pads on the bottom of anything that is going to scratch furniture. I have bought them from home decorating stores.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your table runners are gorgeous!

Cath said...

I love your table runner. The quilting is eye catching too. So simple but so effective. Well done you!
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Cindy Nielsen said...

I think your table runners look fresh and springy.

Dolly said...

You did a very nice job on both, but yes, I especially like the quilting on the first one ! Loving the chevrons.......how clever !

ferne said...

I love them both and the quilting turned out great! It is hard to fmq quilts with lots of seams you did great!

Lisa Clark said...

Both of them are everyday pretty. I love colors of the second one!

Beth Karese said...

Your granny square runner looks great. I really love your quilting choice! Nice!!!

Patricia said...

The table runner is wonderful and love the no sashing!

Patricia C

Angela Smith said...

Your table runners are great, I especially love the first one and your quilting zig zags looks fantastic, I'll have to try that next time.

Sandy D said...

I especially like your granny square runner and the quilting is great. The Botanique line is gorgeous.

Amber Johnson said...


Thank you! It was a fun little project to do :)



Thank you. I was pleased with how the quilting turned out since I am not very good at FMQ. Straight lines seems to be the only kind of quilting I CAN do!

Have a great day!


Thank you! Luckily I can follow straight lines - LOL! But the FMQ is something I definitely need to work on :)


Thanks Cath!

Thanks! Guess I was on time for once! :) Take care, Amber

Amber Johnson said...


Thank you. It was much easier than FMQ! Happy quilting!


Amber Johnson said...


Thank you! I enjoy it. I just need to take the time to practice more!

Have a great day!

Maria said...

Both your runners are beautiful but the first is my favorite. The quilting makes it look amazing.

Diana and Rosie said...

Love the granny square table runner.

grammajudyb said...

I have been wanting to do a granny square something...now you have inspired me to do a tablerunner/no sashing! Thank you!

Amber Johnson said...


Glad you like it! Happy quilting!


Amber Johnson said...

Mad About Craft,

That's a great idea. I tried to put some felt pads on when I first started noticing some scratches but because of the wire netting on the mercury vases they wouldn't stick. All is well now though! Thanks for stopping by!


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