Friday, May 8, 2015

Anniversary Improv Table Runner

I have a quick and fun finish to share with you today. My Aunt and Uncle are celebrating their 50th anniversary soon so I thought that a handmade table runner would be the perfect gift.

I have always admired by Aunt's art, she has been creating longer than I have been alive.  Growing up, we had many of her ceramics and mixed media paintings in our house.  Based on her art, I thought she might appreciate some improvisational quilting.

For the color palette, I decided on using mostly blue and green solids I with a black print or two. I also included typewriter fabric (Cotton & Steel's Black and White collection) because it was just too cute not to.

I improv pieced a couple of green and blue strips then started playing around with them to see how to fit them all together. I added in some stripes of essex linen in black (I love the texture it adds) and some shiny Cotton & Steel to add some sparkle. 

I used a serpentine stitch on my Bernina for some quick quilting, marking the first line down the center and then using the edge of my walking foot for spacing each additional line.

I finished the runner with some gray binding I had on hand (that I was originally going to bind my two-tone Plus Plus quilt with) and after binding, the runner finished at 15" x 48".

I just need to make a label and get this runner in the mail :)

Just as a reminder...

I have two giveaways going on right now, one for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day for a 12-piece fat qu
arter bundle of Kona cottons and a second for a copy of Volume 11 of 100 Blocks magazine by Quiltmaker.

Also, I will be kicking off the next mystery quilt on the first Thursday of June
(June 4th), all of the details can be found in the mystery quilt tab above, I hope you consider joining in!


  1. This turned out really cute! I love the mix of fabrics you chose (especially the addition of the linen) and the improv layout. The perfect size, too. Happy Anniversary to your Aunt and Uncle! That's quite an accomplishment!

  2. Gorgeous table runner; love the blue/green color combination!

  3. I am sure your Aunt & Uncle will love this! The colors are beautiful together! Love the picture of it on your table! I'm curious about this Mystery Quilt! I must check it out!

  4. I hope your aunt and uncle enjoy the table runner. The colors in it are great and the serpentine quilting really helps the piecing stand out. Also, what a great use for the binding fabric that you had on hand!

  5. This is very cute and wonderful. I love the quilting (simple and my style)
    and the typewriters
    Have a fun weekend

  6. Such a thoughtful and gorgeous gift!

  7. Oooh, I love it! Especially that typewriter -- very cool!

  8. You might have to make yourself one, looks pretty good on your side table there LOL

  9. Beautiful! I just love those colours.

  10. This turned out so neat. I love the typewriter and your quilting stitch really makes helps the design along.

  11. Love the colors here, and I agree: a little Essex linen makes everything better. I love my Janome, but I do covet that serpentine stitch on your Bernina!

  12. Such a fun projects. Great colours and the typewriters are fantastic :)



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