Friday 22 November 2019

Tale of Two Runners

Table runners are my favourite 'go to' gift at the moment. They seem to be practical, fun to make, take what seems to be an appropriate amount of time and use lovely amounts of fabric - often scraps which I appreciate.

My first was a pattern I'd been wanting to try for a while, commonly known as lozenges I think, though it's bound to have other names as it seems traditional blocks do that.

I began with some  fat eighths I'd bought a few months ago, coupled with a navy that I thought would help things 'pop'.

I really enjoyed adding the apricots and greens, and then added the white with the circles - a leftover from a baby quilt that seemed to fit. Don't you just smile at the serendipitous nature of patchworking? I do.
I then had fun doing some spineless feathers on the colours, just stitching in the ditch around the navy.

But as I had made the corners of the lozenges, I had cut off the two and half inch triangles. I hate to waste such pieces, but rather than put them aside (I have too many of those already!) I decided to try to use them straight away.

So I began with 'windmills' - again, probably not the correct block name, but at least a recognisable shape.

I added sashing and some set in triangles and so a second table runner was created. Same fabrics, completely different design - I like the whimsy of that. Again, I used some of the fat eighths - hence the four corners being in the beige that co-ordinates with the green, white and beige floral, as I didn't have sufficient for the corners too.

Here's a close up of the quilting around the blocks - some stipple and some loops.

And so, I have 2 gifts ready for friends, which is just as well as its birthday season for some of my friends.

Until next time,


  1. These turned out really pretty, Lynn! Very smart to immediately use the triangles in a second runner. Those bonus HSTs can start to take over the studio otherwise! :)

  2. Lozenges are fine but windmills are even snazzier :-) I believe that when we set out to make one quilt, the scraps from it become the next quilt. I am sure friends will be very pleased :-)

  3. How fun to get two runners out of the same fabrics/color scheme, but with such different looks. I haven't made table runners, but I can see now how they could be the perfect size to try to improve my FMQ.

  4. I love your description of a table runner taking an appropriate amount of time. It's been a while since I've made one and I think it would be a nice project type to focus on between bigger projects.

  5. I just love these windmill blocks. Those colours together really pop. Happy Stitching from me!