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Quilt workshops – table runners

Here are some examples of table runners that I’ve made that could be done during a day workshop or whilst on a quilt retreat at The Old Bakery. These are all good projects for beginner quilters.

This first one is made using a snowball block. I deliberately used large squares of fabric as I didn’t wanted to lose the beautiful tulips which would have happened with smaller pieces. I bought the fabric whilst on a weekend in Amsterdam more than 10 years ago. I always bring it out and put it on our sideboard every spring when the tulips in the garden are in bloom. Here it is outside in the sunshine in our garden.

I also picked up the fabric for this next runner on holiday, this time when we were in Maine, New England a few summers ago. There are dozens of quilt shops in Maine alone and we visited quite a few! Maine is famous for blueberries so I choose several fabrics with the fruit on them and combined them for this simple design, again allowing the design on the fabric to be clearly seen. I often use this one in the summer months.

This next runner uses a charm pack and just one additional fabric for the top of the runner. Sometimes quilters are given charm packs as a gift but don’t know what to do with them – this pattern uses every last scrap of fabric in the design. This is my ‘default’ runner that covers the sideboard when the other seasonal ones aren’t appropriate!

At Christmas this is the runner that I use – it has a few splashes of red wine on it now that won’t come out but I think that just hints of memories of Christmas’ past!

Now to some that are work in progress during the lock-down. Below is a finished quilt called Norfolk Wildlife and made using an Orange Peel design. I made more bits of orange peel than I needed for the quilt so the spares along with some more I need to make will become a table runner in due course. All the segments are sewn on by hand and the quilt was then machine stitched together before I used big stitch quilting using a Cotton Perle embroidery thread for the quilting. Lots of the fabrics were given to me as Christmas, birthday and Mother’s Day presents by my daughter Claire and they are all of wild-life found in Norfolk. All the background squares are scraps in creams and browns; I love the random look this gives the quilt.


Finally just before the lock-down we went to South Africa to celebrate a big birthday for Mike. He had bought me a jelly roll called Safari Life by Moda for Christmas and just before we left I bought a mini charm pack of the same fabrics so that I could take it with me and match the colours with any fabrics I could find in South Africa. I found one quilt shop in Port Elizabeth and bought a few fabrics there. I’m using the mini squares in the centre of the court-house blocks and some of the fabrics I bought there to make a table runner to remind me of our holiday. I’ll post a picture of the finished table runner when it’s done!