Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sometimes not having a plan is the best plan of all

I think this is also known as winging it, and when your scraps runneth over, it's a pretty good plan if you ask me.
I am doing a private swap with a friend and we are making each other Holiday Table runners. despite the fact we have never met in person, we have similar tastes- even down to colors…. so, I made her something I would like to have on my Holiday table.
A interesting view to say the least, but it's a bit hard to get the whole thing in one photo. Here are some pieced views
Left side, front

Middle (ish)
Right side, front- hum, that doesn't look like the rest of that wild and crazy table runner
3-D Mod tree with hand knotted embroidery "lights"
Now the back
The back, in one of my favorite Holiday fabrics.

So, there is is and if you go all the way back to the first photo, you can see the tree…..

Holiday table runner for Whitney
I forgot to measure it, but it's 14 x 42, more or less (her table is black- I think this will really stand out- especially with the white binding)
Pattern- remember what I said- none, nada: random quilting cottons pieced from my scrap bin in reds/oranges/yellows (leftovers from the Starburst Block Quilt) with inset lime "slashing" in Michael Miller Ta Dot fabric, bound with Michael Miller Fairy Frost (I didn't take a close-up but it's sparkly) and backing fabric: Sheri Berry Designs, 12 Joys of Christmas (I have no idea what the other 11 are, but I sure like this one). The 3-D tree was inspired by an ornament I saw on line, forgot to bookmark and cannot find again. But, instead of pinning the folded 2" squares onto styrofoam I made them into a tree, and because this will likely get washed at some time in it's life, anchored them to the table runner with embroidery floss in yellow, making little "lights".
It's asymmetrical, and original and totally me- I also hope it's something Whitney will like as well.
And here is a parting view- from my Holiday table to yours!


  1. I really love this one! The tree is so cute and the rest of it is wonderful!

  2. This is really beautiful. I love spontaneous designs, and you really have a knack for them. Love the tree.

  3. Love the little tree! I am making a wall hanging right now of the same tree! Only mine is in blue and silver. Awesome scrap buster.

  4. Oh my goodness, it is so fabulous! How wonderful to do such a swap among friends! I am sure she will love it!

  5. The Christmas tree is very cute, and I love the holiday fabric you used on the back!

    Also, I wanted to let you know that today I awarded you the Liebster Blog Award. You can check it out here:


  6. Aunt Steph, this is so pretty! I love it!


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