Holiday Table Runner Tutorial


How’s a big stack of gifts for some holiday cheer!? πŸ™‚Β  I’ve been putting off making holiday projects because, well,Β  life has been so busy. You know how it can get. But before I knew it, Halloween had already passed and it’s already mid-November! Yikes! How did that happen? I decided to make time this weekend and put together this quick and fun project to share with you all. It’s doable, even with a busy schedule!


I just love an excuse to buy candies, for “staging purposes.” πŸ˜‰


The sun came out in Seattle during my table runner photo shoot, so I felt obligated to take a photo of every single possible angle. ;-p



The fabrics I used are Flower Sugar Holiday by Lecien FabricsΒ  – I love the vibrant colors!


This tutorial makes a ~59″ long table runner. If you want it longer or shorter, simply add or subtract some gift blocks to customize the size.

Tip! For a fun alternative (and an even faster finish!), skip sewing in the ribbons as a part of your block, and instead pick out some real ribbons and top stitch them onto the tops of your gift blocks.

I hope you enjoy the project!

Materials for a ~59″ long table runner:

  • 5 fat quarters for the top (this will be the gifts)
  • 1/4 yard for ribbon (or buy real ribbon and sew it on the top)
  • 1 yard backing and batting
  • coordinating thread

Step 1 –Β  Cut two 9.5″ x 12.5″ rectangles from one fat quarter. Cut each rectangle in half as shown below. From your ribbon fabric, cut a 2″ strip along the WOF. Then trim the strip to be 2″ x 9.5″. Sew the ribbon strip in between the two halves previously cut.



Step 2 – Then, cut it in half again as shown below, but this time along the length. Sew in another 2″ strip between the halves.


Step 3 – Make 2 more gifts, except the ribbon on these next two will be slightly to the left. To do this, cut two more 9.5″ x 12.5″ rectangles from one fat quarter. Cut each rectangle at the 4.5″ mark as shown below. From your ribbon fabric, cut a 2″ strip along the WOF. Then trim the strip to be 2″ x 9.5″. Sew the ribbon strip in between the two pieces previously cut. Lastly, repeat step 2 to add the cross ribbon.


Step 4 – Next, make 3 smaller gifts: From your remaining fat quarters, cut three 8″ x 10.5″ rectangles. From your ribbon fabric, but 1.5″ strips along the WOF. Cut and add a ribbon strip as shown below.


Step 5 – You should now have a set of 7 gifts. Sew them together as shown below.


Step 6 – Baste the top onto a long piece of batting and quilt the entire top.


This smaller project is a great way to practice free-motion quilting. I always stick to quilting loopy-loops because it’s easy and fun. dsc07519

Step 7 – finish it! Cut and sew your backing fabric so that it’s approximately 14″ x 60″ long. With right sides facing together, pin the quilted top to the backing fabric all around the edges. Sew a 1/4″ stitch along the perimeter, but be sure to leave an opening about 6-7″ wide along the side of one of the gifts and away from corners, as shown below by the heart pins. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.



Then, trim all the excess backing fabric off.


Trim the excess fabric off the corners too. dsc07533

Turn right side out through the 6-7″ opening. Make sure to poke the corners out using your fingers. Iron flat using the steam setting. To close the 6-7″ opening, simply iron the opening 1/4″ inwards to match the seam, and then use fabric glue or steam-a-seam to glue it closed. A quick and clean alternative to binding home decor projects πŸ™‚

Step 8 – Add bows. To make these bows, I cut a 4″ x 20″ strip. With right sides facing together, I ironed it in half along the length (the 20″ side), and then sewed a 1/4″ seam allowance down the length and bottom to close it. Turn right side out and iron flat. Use fabric glue to close the other end. Then, I simply tied a bow and then top-stitched it to the runner with two parallel stitches right in the center of the bow’s knot to secure it. Be sure to use a canvas or denim/jean needle when attaching the bow. A stronger needle makes it easier to attach the bow since the bow’s knot is so thick. Alternatively, you can buy ribbon and attach that instead of making your own. I made 3 bows for this runner.


That’s it! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving in the weeks ahead!












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My New Cutting Table!


I had to write a quick post to share my very FIRST cutting table ever! Who knew a potting bench could make a perfect cutting table?! For those of you who have been following me for a while, you may recognize photos similar to the following where I used to do all of my fabric cutting on the floor:


Alas, no more Paige butts on my cutting mat! (no offense Paige)


My new cutting view…ta-dahh!


My new cutting table is a sturdy potting bench made of reclaimed cedar fencing.


I was looking on my local Craiglist and stumbled upon some awesome potting benches that eventually led me to this website:Β

I contacted Harold, the owner, and asked if he could make me a potting bench that was at least 28″ deep (to fit my cutting mat) and 35-36″ high, which is a good cutting height for me while standing. If you look at his website, he has so many fun potting benches to choose from! Harold custom made me this bench within a week and delivered it (from Lakewood, WA to Seattle, WA) for $200 total. An amazing deal! The surface of the bench was sanded to be smooth and leveled, perfect for my cutting mat. I highly recommend ordering a potting bench from Harold if you happen to be in Washington.Β  He was quick, the workmanship is very high quality and sturdy, he rounded all the corners leaving no jagged edges, and it was no doubt worth the money. Harold is also up for the challenge if you have something custom in mind. I am a very happy customer!

Here it is when it first arrived…it felt massive in our living room but my husband and I were able to maneuver it into my sewing room, thank goodness!


I really like how this cutting table keeps all my sharp cutting tools high up and away from my little ones.


It has a nice top shelf for displaying my antiquey stuff. πŸ™‚ I hope to eventually decorate the wall behind it with some vintage dishes.




Here’s a side view. The depth overall is about 30″.


I couldn’t end this post without a peek at my stash πŸ™‚


And here’s the other side of my sewing room.Β  I use a Pfaff Grand Quilter – it has no bells and wistles, just simple straight stitching.Β  I’ve had it for about 10 years now and it’s a work horse. In other words, I LOVE it. To the left of it is my fabric collection, High Tea. πŸ™‚ I will need to make room for collection #2 soon! πŸ™‚

oh yes, and those are my boyz…


Say hello to Daryl, Jamie and Jax. Their favorite pass time is to watch me sew, obviously. And as you can see, they take guarding my stash quite seriously.


Anyway, that’s it for now. I promised to share details of my new cutting table after I shared a photo of it on Instagram. Let me know if you have any questions. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!






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Quilty Box


Last week I received my very first Quilty Box in the mail, so I thought I’d share what goodies were inside! Simon was very excited to see it’s contents and kept walking away with my Quilty Box ;-p


Quilty Box is basically happy mail for quilters. (I squealed with delight when my box arrived). It’s a box filled with premium fabrics, quilt swag, patterns and tools curated by quilting designers and bloggers. You can subscribe to receive monthly boxes in the mail, or gift one to a friend or yourself. πŸ™‚ Details can be found at their website, Quilty Box.

Okay, enough talk. Below is what was inside the September Quilty box which was filled with 6 fun items! I was photographing the items as I excitedly unwrapped them from the box, so you can unwrap them with me πŸ™‚


I had been eagerly waiting for this particular box because I knew it was curated by Kaari Meng of French General. I learned from the card (above) that in the Summers, Kaari “takes groups of women to the South of France to live in a large old house and visit local flea markets, artisans and villages – as well as craft and learn to cook like a Frenchwomen.” I like to think Kaari and I are cut from the same cloth. *sigh* That sounds like pure bliss to me…sign me up!


The first item was this beautiful bundle of Madame Rouge designed by Kaari Meng of French General. This collection was inspired by the fabric scraps left behind at the atelier of an old seamstress in France. I love hearing what inspires designs, and that is so dreamy.


This bundle came with 9 fat quarters.


Next were these curved embroidery scissors. I’m a collector of cute little sewing scissors so I was pretty happy about this addition to my collection!


The third and fourth items were Cosmo Embroidery floss by Lecien, and a pattern. I love the silky texture of Cosmo floss and the rich colors. Pictured under the floss is an embroidery/quilt pattern that can be used with the floss and bundle.


The fifth item is this beautiful, full-size pattern which showcases Madame Rouge. And lastly, the sixth item were embroidery needles (which I forgot to photograph). I like how all the items go together and can be used to make one of the patterns.


I am swooning over the rich colors of this collection as they put me in the mood for Fall. The weather here in Seattle has been colder and windy and the leaves are starting to turn colors similar to this collection.


Anyway, that wraps up my Quilty Box goodness! I hope you or someone treats you to a Quilty Box real soon – it’s a great gift idea with the holidays around the corner. Thanks for unwrapping my quilty box with me!












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High Tea Blog Hop – Week 3 recap


It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was (nervously) contacting people on instagram to participate in my very first blog tour. And now here I am recapping the final week (week 3) of all the amazing projects that everyone made using my first fabric collection, High Tea.

Before I get started, I wanted to extend a very warm and heartfelt thank you to all the designers/makers that participated in making and sharing a project for my first blog tour. It meant the world to me, and I am forever grateful and thankful for the friendship (beyond Instagram) we have formed.

This has truly been a one of a kind experience for me, getting to see all these inspiring projects. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it as well. That being said, let’s get to it! Below is a recap of week 3’s projects. Sorry I’m a bit late posting these… πŸ™‚

8/21 – Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio

8/22 – Cristi Cooper of Whimsy Quilts and Fabrics

8/23 – Kristin Esser of They Grow Up Too Fast

8/24 – Tiffany Behmer of Fanny Lu Designs

8/26 – Veronica of Vivid Felicity

8/27 – Wynn Tan of Zakka Art

8/28 – me! πŸ™‚

Please note that all of the photos I’m sharing were taken by the respective designers named before each project. πŸ™‚Β 

On 8/21 I had the very talented Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio. You can see his high Tea blog post, here.


I’ve been aΒ  fan of Greg’s instagram for a while now, so I didn’t think twice about asking Greg to join my high tea party.

His excitement to use my fabrics meant the world to me.


I snagged all these gorgeous pictures from Greg’s blog. These paper-pieced scallops are gorgeous!




Greg also made a 2nd pleated pillow using this tutorial from my blog. I’m always happy to see older tutorials still being used! πŸ™‚ Thakn you so much Greg for the beautiful projects!


On 8/22 my friend Cristi of Whimsy Quilts shared this beautiful quilt. She mixed in some Tilda fabrics with High Tea to make this stunning, low volume quilt for her mother.


Cristi is also from the Pacific Northwest, like me! We met on instagram because I was always spending all of my money on her online shop, Whimsy Quilts and Fabrics. ;pΒ  She’s moving away from selling fabrics and towards other creative ventures such as her Modern Makers Pattern club.


A busy mom to 3 beautiful kids and running her own business, I felt so lucky to have Cristi say “yes!” to participating in my tour. Thank you, Cristi!

On 8/23 Kristin Esser of They Grow Up Too Fast shared several beautiful projects shown below. Kristin Esser and Minki Kim just came out with a fabulous book called Sew Illustrated, where I shared Minki’s amazing quilt that she made for her daughter in week 1’s high tea blog tour post.


Kristin and Minki took so many gorgeous photos I had to share them all!


This adorable tea mat was made using the embroidery technique from their new book, Sew Illustrated.


Macaroons, fresh flowers and tea! I think everyone needs to make time for tea. Looks heavenly! I love this tea cozy that Kristin made using the ‘tea time’ print in the cottage blue colorway. Love the lace details and red binding.


You can’t go wrong with a half square triangle quilt, it’s such of a classic and versatile design. πŸ™‚ The wavy quilting makes it look super cozy. Thank you, Kristin, for all this loveliness!


On 8/24 my friend Tiffany Behmer of shared the following projects.

You may have already seen the infamous High Tea Crochet Quilt below, which Tiffany made a well-written and thorough tutorial just for YOU over at her blog. And yes, she finally was able to finish the tutorial – sorry for the delay on that, totally my fault! I was hoarding the crochet quilt in my home and she needed it back to reverse engineer the finishing instructions. Anyway, the updated and completed tutorial can be found HERE, thanks to Tiffany!


My husband got me a crochet class at a local yarn shop months ago (for Mother’s Day, to be exact :-[]), but I haven’t had a chance to take it yet! But one of these days I will so that I can start incorporating crochet to my quilting, because look at this loveliness!Β  Isn’t it amazing?! You can find more pretty photos and a link to the tutorial of this crochet quilt, here.


Tiffany also made these adorable applique tea Towels! So fitting for High Tea! πŸ™‚ The crochet quilt and tea towels were both featured at Spring Quilt Market when I debuted my fabric collection. I was so lucky to have Tiffany’s help!


I just love seeing handmade baby gifts! These are baby burp clothes using the cottage blue and brown sugar colorways, which can totally work for a baby boy. πŸ™‚ Be sure to check out Tiffany’s High Tea Inspiration blog post to see what other lovely projects she made using High Tea. Thank you, Tiffany!


On 8/26, Veronica of Vivid Felicity made this lovely ruffle pillow that was hand quilted and embroidered with the cutest little tea cup detail! I snagged all of these beautiful photos from Veronica’s blog, where you can read more about her High Tea post here.


Lucky me was gifted this pillow! πŸ™‚ Thank you again, Veronica!


Had to share this lovely photo Veronica took of my High Tea Collection.


And here’s that tea pot detail I mentioned. You can learn more about doing drawings with your sewing machine from this book, mentioned previously.


On 8/27 Wynn Tan of Zakka Art made this beautiful, hand sewn zipper pouch.


Wynn is incredibly talented (and patient!) as she hand sews a lot of her projects!


You can read more about this lovely pouch over at Wynn’s blog, Zakka Art.


The details on all of these High Tea projects are just amazing! Here’s the inside of the pouch. Thank you so much, Wynn, for the lovely project!


Lastly, on 8/28 I did my stop on the High Tea Blog hop! πŸ™‚ You can read about that here.


Whew! This concludes my 3-week High Tea Party!

For a recap of each week, please see the links below, scroll down to the “High Tea blog Hop” on the right navigation bar under “Browse” for links to each week.

High Tea Blog Hop Kick-off

High Tea Blog Hop – Week 1

High Tea Blog Hop – Week 2

my stop on the blog hop

High Tea Blog Hop – Week 3

Thank you so much for following along! Seeing people use my fabrics is really something else…something I would have only dreamed of. This blog tour has been a truly special and inspiring experience for me, & I cannot wait to design more fabric for people to make more lovely projects with! Thanks for reading me!












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My Stop on the High Tea Blog Hop :)

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The best gift of designing fabrics is seeing the creations made with them. These last 3 weeks watching my High Tea blog hop have been truly inspiring. I feel so blessed to have had all the participation from so many talented makers & designers. You can see a recap of all the beautiful projects shared from week 1 and week 2 of my High Tea blog hop, and I’ll be posting week 3 soon. But first, I have a little stop of my own. πŸ™‚


This is a special sneak peak of my second quilt as you go book in the works.

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I’ve been working away on this specific quilt every night for the last couple of months. I wish I could share more, but here are some glimpses and up close photos of my fabrics.

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This wouldn’t be a proper post without throwing in a couple glamour shots of my quilting buddy, Paige.

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Thanks to all of your support, my second book should be out next year, along with my 2nd fabric collection. Thank you so much.Β  I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if not for all of you.


Over the years I’ve really become infatuated with vintage style quilt and dishes, drawing lots of inspiration from them (hence my first fabric collection called High Tea). πŸ˜‰ My 2nd book will reflect my love for all things vintage, while putting a modern spin to it.

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My first QAYG book was very modern with improvisational quilting and quick cutting techniques. My 2nd book will build upon the first with an additional QAYG joining technique, but it also takes on a more classic approach with timeless and traditional heirloom style blocks.

My husband and I read your reviews on my first book , and we listened. Thank you to all that have taken the time to post a review. Reading the comments where people found so much creativity from the technique, or are now quilting because of the book (where it was once too daunting), encouraged me to write book 2. Thank you so much.

That’s all I can say for now. πŸ™‚


The red fig and dusty pink colorways from my High Tea collection have been my favorite to work with.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my High Tea party stop. πŸ™‚ By now my fabric should have shipped to shops that ordered it, so please be on the lookout. Some shops that I know of that carry my fabrics can be found here.

I’ll be back with a recap from week 3 next.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!





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