Thursday, October 27, 2011

A cheerful little runner

Right now our dining room table and kitchen island are sporting festive Halloween runners, I blogged about them here and here last year. So, while we are currently all decked out for the autumn holidays, I decided to sew up a bright, cheerful runner for our kitchen island. I figure we will need something pretty to look at as the dreary winter sets in. ;)
I started with a Dream On charm pack, and sewed the charms into rows. To offset the rows, I cut 2 charms in half and sewed the halves to alternating ends of the long rows of charms. I quilted the runner in a loop pattern that I've been seeing a lot lately. I changed my loops slightly by alternating their size, and I opted for light quilting, with just 1 loop in each charm. It was really easy to create these loops, and I can't wait to try this on a bigger quilt! To finish off the runner, I used kona in bahama blue for binding, with a tiny piece of kona in bone when I ran out of blue. ;)
If you look closely at this pic, you can see the loop quilting:
 It really brightens up the kitchen!
 For the backing I used a piece from a vintage sheet:
This was a fun, quick project. I have a few more charm packs that would coordinate well with the colors we already have in the kitchen, so next time I need a fast finish I may make a few more of these! (Besides, I will need a few to rotate through between laundry days!)

9 comments:

Kristie said...

Pretty :) I love Dream On.

Hope you are doing well!

Live a Colorful Life said...

So cheery. I have tons of charm packs. What a great project!

Toni said...

Very cute! That will definitely bring in a little color during the grey winter! And your counter tops look like the ones we had in our old house.

felicity said...

That looks like just the ticket for the upcoming Dreariness of Winter Rain. At least it's not snow!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I love that summery fabric! Very pretty :)

Archie the wonder dog said...

Lovely project - just the thing to brighten up a dreary October day!

Kirsten N said...

So bright and cheery - love these fabrics and the blue binding!

Kiera said...

Very pretty. Love the bright colors!

Heather D. said...

Very cheerful indeed. Love the loopy quilting!