Saturday, November 24, 2012

Under The Quilting Needle

Based on my last post this is not what you would have expected to see under my quilting needle.  The Urban Table Runner is still in the quilting queue.  I put it away so my son would not see it while he was here for our Thanksgiving feast.  In between cooking and preparations, I spent some time organizing my quilty stuff in my new sewing room.

I came across this UFO.  

This tablerunner was started in the winter of 2010 according to this  February 2010 blog post and it was left sandwiched and ready to quilt. Apparently I must have been distracted by other projects, including a challenge and some Round Robin borders, and then I must  have caught spring fever and put the winter stuff away.  The fabrics came from a ...

"Snowpeople Layer Cake Swap"

... that I ran on Block Central the previous year. I had a difficult time even remembering where I found this block pattern.  Then I did some quilty sleuthing and came up with this great little book from Atkinson Designs called Confetti in the Corner.  It has many projects all based on three block units.  I found the book with another UFO, a sampler quilt from a local quilt shop BOM.

I am using a metallic silver thread for the quilting.  To figure the tension and needle settings for this unfamiliar thread I made a quick
 little mug rug ...

Snowman Mug Rug
To quilt this I did straight line quilting and outlined the square and then did some free hand five pointed stars and six pointed snowflakes. I am doing the same quilting on the ...

 "Snowpeople Table Runner"  

I will need to get back to the other table runner soon, as it is intended as a Christmas gift for my son.

I did also take down my fall quilts yesterday and take out my holiday quilts.    One of the other quilty goodies I found is this ...

Advent Calendar Wall Hanging 

... that just needed a little work to get it hung. It is made from an "I Believe in Santa" panel from Nancy Halvorsen  This one is hanging on my front door waiting for December 1st.  It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.

I did not go Black Friday Shopping. I may do a little local Small Business Saturday Quilt Shop venturing today, but is is mostly to just go fondle the fabric.   I have enough stash and projects to last a very, very long time.

Have a happy quilty ... and shopping ... day!


  1. So cute! I love snowpeople. :) Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I love snow people too. Your runner is darling Pat.

  3. What a lovely table runner :) I bet it will feel so good to get it crossed off as FINISHED after sitting so long!

  4. Thanks for the kind comments. Makes me feel all warm and quilty.

    I have the snowpeople table runner quilted and will be handstitching the binding to the back later today, I hope. I have not had much time to sew the last few days and last night I was playing with some other fabric.

    Have a happy quilty day ... :) Pat

  5. Good thing you were doing some straightening. It's funny the things we are so interested in at the moment and then forget when we move on to something else. It's fun when we find them again though, and now you'll have some pretty new Christmas things.

  6. Hi, Candace ... Thanks for visiting my blog.

    I am finding lots of buried quilty treasure. For years my sewing space was in a corner in my dining room and I had to pack things that I was not currently working on away all the time to neaten up. Now that we are empty-nesters, I have a sewing room and am going through all the stuff I have packed in totes and boxes. I am finding a lot of unfinished projects that were out of sight, out of mind ... and a lot of fabric I put together for possible quilts, some with patterns ... I have lots of sewing to do ... :)


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