I had pretty much decided not to make any handmade gifts this year with the exception of a quilt for each of my boys if I so desired. That may seem to be a strange decision when so many people are making the opposite one–to do a Handmade Christmas. Last year, I did a lot of handmade gifts, but I just felt like I didn’t have the time and I didn’t want to stress myself out so much this year. So I let myself off the hook for the handmade holidays!
As it turns out, I still made a gift for my mom. (So if you’re reading, Mother, stop now if you want to have a surprise at Christmas!) Last year I made my mom a last minute, super easy and quick holiday table runner. I had a Jelly Roll from the Madeleine Engelbright The Carolers line, so I picked out about 6 to 8 strips, and sewed them all together. I cut that into 3 pieces and sewed them back together so that the strips were all parallel. Then, I took two matching strips for a border down the sides of the piece. These were only about 43″ long–shorter than the length I had created, so I made the ends of the runner into a v-shape and left those tips un-bordered. To make it even easier, I sewed the top with the batting right sides together with the backing, and turned and top-stitched it–no binding. I did a small amount of “quilting” on the table runner. It’s hardly a “real” quilt, but it was super quick and easy and my mom really likes her festive holiday table runner. I don’t have a picture, or else I’d show it to you.
This year, I felt the urge to make a table runner that my mom could use year round, so I made another very easy one. I used one charm pack and yardage from Origins by BasicGrey (Moda) for borders, binding and backing. I sewed the charm squares into 4 9 patch blocks and then cut those into quarters to create Disappearing 9 Patch blocks.
Super easy and such neat results. I had enough for one very long and pretty wide table runner or two smaller ones. I opted for two smaller runners because I felt that would work better in my mom’s kitchen. I was able to cut and piece it all into one runner with borders and one without in just under 2 hours. Wow–that is really fast for me!
I spray basted the top to the batting and backing and did some “straight” line stitching for quilting. Straight is in quotes because it’s not entirely straight–I didn’t mark the lines at all, just did it freehand, so that’s my excuse for why the lines aren’t exactly straight. I was so pleased with my binding! I did it all on the machine, and it turned out great. I think it’s because I was very careful to make sure that all the seam allowances were at 1/4 inch, and trimmed any excess. This part took about 2 1/2 hours–yes, I’m slow compared to many quilters who probably would have done this in an hour or less. I didn’t finish the second table runner since I’m not sure exactly what I will do with it.
A Disappearing 9 Patch table runner with charm squares is a really quick and easy last minute gift. It also doesn’t take a lot of fabric, so it’s not too expensive. A great last minute gift that doesn’t look last minute!
In other news…I won a giveaway from Sew Inspired! A wonderful little holiday stocking mini-quilt and some sewing notions! This is really a perfect little quilt to hang on the wall and the perfect kind of decoration for my home that is so prone to breaking class decorations. Thank you Vicki!! (She has a great Simple Squares Quilt-along on her blog which is a fun and simple quilt that uses fat quarters!)
I hope you’re getting lots of sewing done! And having a fun holiday season!!