Monday, November 23, 2009

3-D Table Runner

This week the Yankee Quilter hosted a class, taught by my friend Pam, to make a 3-D table runner. It was held from 6 pm to midnight, and I had all expectations to finish, even though I was going in with very little prepared -- only a few strips had been cut.

This pattern was intensive. Once the strips were cut, long tubes were sewed, turned right-side out and ironed. From there, weaving took place to form the 3-D pattern.

While this table runner took me a total of approximately 10 hours, it was a fun project, and I just love the final product! I have many table runners for Christmas, Easter, Springtime, Halloween, but none in a basic Autum print. The fabric I had chosen includes Thimbleberries (the gold) and Gobble Gobble by Moda. I chose not to use the Moda prints for the borders, however, as I felt the busy-ness of the print took away from the dimensional aspects of the blocks.

I'm really pleased with the way this table runner turned out, and I still have material left over. I'm thinking it's enough to make a matching candle mat or place mat!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Autumn Quilting

This past October I had the opportunity to make a few cute things out of one panel of material I picked up at the Yankee Quilter. The panel had several Halloween scenes, and there were six pictures in total. Since I love antique Colonial homes, two of my favorite panels illustrated spooky houses and are shown below. The second house, in particular, reminds me of one of my favorite Victorian homes in Cornwall, Vermont!

The first 4 panels I used to make a fun table runner. Out of the two remaining pictures, I used one to make Olivia a quilted Trick-Or-Treat bag that included black fabric with candy corn -- pretty appropriate I thought! The bag was large enough for plenty of candy, and it certainly is a keepsake for use year after year. I have one picture left from the panel, and I'm not quite sure what I'll do with that one yet... I can get creative with it next year!

Speaking of bags, this past weekend Olivia told me she needed a large bag for her books. After giving her a plastic shopping bag (that she rejected) and then offering her several large faux-leather bags I had in the attic, she very sweetly said, "I want you to make me one, Mom." How could any mother refuse?? We moved into the quilt room where she rummaged through my scraps, and at that point decided her bag was to be made out of strips of fabric. It was such a nice day spent with each other... Olivia ironed the strips and planned their order, I measured and sewed. The bag was quilted, a pocket added to the front, and it was done by 11 pm. Not bad for approximately 5 hours work! When Olivia woke up the next morning and I told her the bag was done, she jumped out of bed like it was Christmas!! She loved the bag, and is in the process will filling it with books.

Finally, this Friday night I'll be taking a class at the Yankee Quilter to make a "tumbling blocks" table runner. I have plenty of table runners -- Christmas, Easter, Halloween, pretty year-round fabric patterns -- but none for the Fall. Below are the fabric selections I've chosen for Friday's class... this fabric includes a few pieces from Moda's Gobble Gobble line (thanks for the suggestion Lisa!). Needless to say I will post my finished product.

Until then, happy quilting ~ Christine

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Yay!! I'm Back!!!

Hi Everyone, I'm back!! After taking a long hiatus from quilting, and this blog, I finally feel like I'm back in the swing of things. A special thanks to Lisa @ "Candle Lite Quilter" and Barb @ "A Corgi to Quilt By" for not giving up on me and for keeping my blog link active on their sites!

So what have I been up to? I'll try to summarize...
In January I started a program at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. GREAT program that I'd highly recommend if you're interested in Nutrition and Life Style balance... their website is I'm proud to say I graduated in July, 2009 and am now officially a Holistic Health Counselor. Check out my website at The program was pretty intensive, so that took up several of my weekends each month from January through July.

I also started kickboxing more frequently, and have made it to the rank of Blue Belt. Since I do this 2-3 evenings a week, that also cuts into valuable quilting time!

Fortunately, back in early October, I was able to re-connect with my quilt friends Barb, Pam and Cathy, and we were able to meet for one of our "quilting bees" at my house. This was just what I needed to get going again... here's a few pics from that night. We've also welcomed two new members to the group, Laura and Cheryl (check out Chery's "Yankee Quilter" blog), so now we affectionately call ourselves the "Six Pack". And by the way, while it may look like Cathy is doing something profane with that middle finger, upon closer look she is holding up what appears to be a seam ripper!!

As if that isn't enough, I've got a number of things in the works at my daughter's school, one of which is a school garden. This past Sping, as a result of my education at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I started a School Garden created to educate the 1st Grade class on where their food comes from, and the benefits of fresh vegetables. I've been keeping a blog of that journey as well, so please take a look at the link to my Garden Blog which illustrates the entire project's lifecycle. There were several key people who helped with that initiative -- in particular, Fr. Skip and Mrs. Dunn the School Principal. How does a quilter thank people for endless hours of back-breaking work and for giving us the green light for the garden? You make them a quilt, of course! These are the pictures of the two quilts I've made -- the larger for Fr. Skip, and a smaller version which is a wall hanging for Mrs. Dunn's office (not pictured). They are photo quilts which include the many faces of the volunteers who have made our garden a reality.

Tomorrow I'll bring both quilts to the school and ask all of the children and parents to sign the back. As you may recall, I'm a huge proponent of signing and labeling quilts. I keep track of all the quilts that I make which are lapsize or larger (runners and wall hangings don't count!); Fr. Skip's quilt is the 23rd quilt I've completed. Below is my signature and message to Fr. Skip, as well as a picture of Olivia signing Mrs. Dunn's wall hanging. I'll let you know how they like the quilts after we present them later this week!

So that just about sums up why my blog is outdated... and did I mention that after all this time I forgot the log-in details to update this page?? UGH! Thank goodness I saved older e-mails that helped job my memory!!
All of the blogs I've mentioned in today's journal can be found in the "My Favorite Blogs" portion of this site. Enjoy everyone, and I hope to have another update soon.

Warm regards ~ Christine