I was going through my quilting stash and found this Halloween panel that I must have bought years ago. It was time to make something from it, so I added some 5″ charm pack squares to the sides and some of my favorite Halloween fabric for the top and bottom borders. I think it will fit nicely on my classroom door.
Made by Pam Schoessow
I think the kids will like it. Now I’ll have to make one for every holiday! Stay tuned.
I attended a quilt retreat a few weeks ago. The 26 of us brought our own projects to work on. There’s nothing better than spending three days sewing to your heart’s content and having someone else do all the cooking! I like to do easy projects so I can go home with something finished. I had a charm pack of 5″ squares (by designer Pat Sloan for Moda fabrics) that I wanted to create something with. I had also purchased about a yard of extra fabric that coordinated with the charm pack. I decided to make a table runner for my long kitchen table. I made up the pattern, which was quite simple.
I made rows of 3 prints separated by 2″ sashing. Then I added a wider border with the same fabric as the sashing.
The quilting was very simple–just straight lines. I varied the spacing to add some interest. I finished it off with an orange print for the binding.
Though this winter seems never ending (a few more inches of snow today!), this table runner makes me happy every time I look at it. And even though I didn’t measure beforehand, it fits my table perfectly. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.
I’m really proud of myself for actually finishing a quilt as a gift for my daughter in law, Robyn. (OK, it really didn’t get finished until Dec 27th, but who’s counting?) It is actually done and bound. Finished!
I made up the pattern as I went along. I used a couple of charm packs of 5″ squares. (Simple Marks by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda) I sewed them randomly together into 20- 4 patch blocks. Each 4 patch was bordered by a skinny 1 1/2 inch border in a solid cream. I had extra yardage (the blue print) that I had purchased that was from the same fabric line as the 5″ squares. I then added the blue sashing (with cream corner squares) and finished it off with a 4 inch border in the same blue print. It was pretty fast to put together. If you wanted to do the same, you would need 2 charm packs, and a couple of yards of the cream and blue. The finished quilt measures aprox. 55″ x 70″–a great lap size.
Robyn wanted something cozy and warm, so I backed it with cream Minkee fabric and used wool batting. I quilted it in my all-over “daisy” pattern.
Though I didn’t finish (or even start) everything I thought of to make for gifts this Christmas, I am very pleased that this one thing actually did get finished and delivered!