Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Blog Hop Winner, Table Runners, and a Paper Pieced Christmas Wall Hanging

I must first begin by saying WOW! Thank you all so much for entering my Giveaway as part of the Thanksgiving Blog Hop hosted by the Quilting Gallery. I received so many comments and new blog followers! So much fun!

My 4th grader, Mikko, randomly selected comment #50...
... And the winner is Lee. Like so many of you she is thankful for family and friends. I generally reply to each comment or take a look at your blogs (if you are a blogger) and comment, but I don't think I am going to be able to reply to all of these comments! I have emailed Lee to let her know she won.

The Prize - 6 FQ of Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille

Table Runners - Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille

A couple of weeks ago, I finally started thinking about Christmas, after being consumed with Nursery Decor for so many months. I wanted to make something handmade for my 5 year old's Pre-K Teachers. He goes to a little private school a couple of days a week, to get out of the house, and perhaps learn how to sit and listen and take turns.wait his turn (yes, if he masters those two skills I will consider the year a success!).

I knew the gifts had to be quick and easy, because my quilting time is limited and I have a bunch of "cooked" goodies I plan to make for neighbors and friends. I decided on table runners, I have a few go to patterns that I generally use, but this time I went even easier and did strips.

I cut 20 - 2.5 inch strips (15 inches long) using two different color schemes from my fat quarter bundle of Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille. I backed them with Kona Olive and free motion quilted them, bound them with Kona Olive as well.

Red, Green, and Light Blue

Orange, Green, and Light blue

Finished Orange, Green, and Blue

Free Motion Quilted - Steppling Pattern w/ White Thread

Red, Green, and Light Blue (needs binding)

Free Motion Quilted - Loop-ta-loops (That's what I call it, I just make crazy loops all over the place)

Christmas Wall Hanging - Winter's Lane by Kate and Birdie

Of course with thinking about Christmas I really wanted to make a wall hanging and table runner for my own home this year. In March/April I had seen Winter's Lane by Kate and Birdie and put it on my "Fabrics I Want" list, but May rolled around and I was hit hard by pregnancy. Once I was finally feeling a bit better (September) I had a lot of nursery sewing to get done, Christmas decor was pushed from my mind.

I wanted Winter's Lane, but it looks like a LOT of us in the quilting world love that line of fabric because finding it online was not easy. I could find a shop here and there that had a couple of yards of one or two prints, maybe some charm packs, or a jelly roll, etc. Since I was ordering online, I really didn't want to order a yard from one place and then another yard from another, and pay shipping from each store, so it was a bit of search.

Finally I decided on two charm packs and a couple of yards of two different prints would have to do, and I found a great deal at Old South Fabrics. They still have quite a bit of yardage left, the fabric shipped right away, and I had it in my hands within a couple of days! It came cutely wrapped in red tulle with a personal thank you note from the store owner. I don't have a LQS, so the personalized service was charming.

One Lone Star Burst Complete

I had originally thought to keep things simple, but then once I got the fabric and loved it so much I wanted something special, that I would really love for years to come. My plan is to paper piece 4 Lone Star Bursts by Six White Horses and then sash them together, quilt, and bind for a Christmas Wall Hanging. One Lone Stone Burst is complete, and one is in process... and I am really hoping to find time over "Thanksgiving Break" to get it done, because the last several days have not been productive at all in my sewing nook!


  1. Your Lone Star looks great - it is on my "do one day" list too.

  2. Yes, LOVE the lone star! Beautiful! Definitely on my to do list too

  3. Thank you very much!! Super excited to have won the Happy Go Lucky! I also am loving your Lone Star!