Quilted Table Runner, Placemat, Napkin patterns?

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My husband's wonderful aunt (who gave me the sewing machine a couple of months ago) has now sent me some gorgeous Christmas patterned fabrics. I would love to make some table setting items for Christmas...coming up fast! They would need to be pretty easy (to match my sewing skills)and could be very simply quilted or???? The fabrics are pretty enough that they could be featured in big blocks, too.

Does anyone know of a place to find patterns like this on the web? Or do you have some that are easy enough to write down?

Thank you so much!!!

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), December 11, 2000


Hello sheepish..!!I am making table runners this year too.I love the quilted ones but have no time.So this is what I did,you know those fawncee schmancee table runners that they are selling that have points and a tassel on the end?well I make mine whatever length is needed,out of heavy muslin(unbleached cotton)You can back them out of muslin or print to be reversible.You can do two different sides for different seasons..you get it.Anyway then I stencil in the centre or at both points.If you want to use up those fabrics in a quick way use some wonder-under ,iron it on the back,and cut out angels,trees whatever,iron it on your muslin and blanket stitch around it.I like a primitive look.I hope I didn't bore you:):):)...teri...p.s. I make 6 or 8 napkins to match,I just sew inside the square and fray the edges..easy!

-- teri m (mrs_smurf2000@yahoo.ca), December 11, 2000.


That site has a huge number of quilt blocks. I didn't specifically look for Christmas blocks, though they're probably there. I saw a beautiful pattern (in a quilt shop) for a table runner. It had 3 blocks of "Ohio Star" (you could use more for a longer table) framed with strips of yet another Christmas fabric and with pointed ends on the runner. The Ohio Star in the URL above is the right pattern, but is only made with 2 colors. The one I saw had 3 colors. The "inner square" was the third color.

The problem with placemats is that you plunk a plate right on top of them, and then you can't see your design. Maybe you could make decorative borders on either side of the plate, and just have the center be just one fabric?

Somewhere I've seen coaster patterns -- think those were trees.

Couldn't resist this one, because of the name:


This next one is probably more complicated than you want to try, but I put it in anyway:


-- Joy Froelich (dragnfly@chorus.net), December 11, 2000.

Joy, thank you very much for the great quilt websites. I am always looking for new ones. I am just learning to quilt. I did a four foot by four foot around the world for my first one and was very pleased with how it turned out. My second one was a table runner witih teacups and teapot that I made for my mom. I adapted it form a table cloth pattern. I was pleased with how it turned out but it does take a little more time than I think you would have Sheepish so I didn't suggest it although it is a fun one to do if you have more time.

-- Colleen (pyramidgreatdanes@erols.com), December 11, 2000.

Thanks all of you! I'll check 'em out. Hey Colleen, that's okay about the time. Maybe I can do it later. Right after I get a job in January (groan..............)

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), December 12, 2000.

I know this isn't really quilting but I do have cross stitch quilting patterns you can do on cloth or plastic canvas if any one would like a copy I can try to get them done. If any of you would like them e-mail me with your address and I'll get right to it. Michelle p.s. hapy sewing!!

-- michelle (tsjheath@ainop.com), December 12, 2000.


I LOVE any type of holiday fabric. One of my favorite things to do is to take the fabric and cut a square (take one end and fold over to make a triangle, that will give you a perfect square) then I hem the edges. I put this over a plain table cloth or piece of lace I'm using for a tablecloth. I usually lay it diagonally on the table, that way when you set your table you can see most of it, then I will put together some sort of centerpiece in the middle. Quick and easy, then with the left-overs I usually make napkins. I have a serger so that makes it quick but sometimes if I'm in a real hurry I just use my pinking shears around the edges. I would love to hear from others who like to have a nice home and homestead.

Toni in Idaho

-- Toni Carey (fourseasonsfarm@sandpoint.net), December 13, 2000.

Toni, you would probably like to read this old thread: LINK

-- Joy Froelich (dragnfly@chorus.net), December 14, 2000.

Joy, I just found that link (Part Laura/Martha) I couldn't believe it! I truly thought I was the only one struggling with this dilemna. I don't have any homesteading friends and the ones I know live back in the mountains in cabins etc. I don't have anything against that if that is your choice. But I like to work on my house and my craft projects as much working on my homestead and gardens. I know women who do some but not all. Mostly when I read my Countryside it seems like the women who write in are living more primitive, so I figured I was the only one with my canning jars and lace curtains and doilies. Thanks so much for the tip, I now know I am not alone!!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Toni in Idaho (fourseasonsfarm@sandpoint.net), December 14, 2000.

Toni, thanks for the ideas. How big are the squares usually?

Your address looks like you live near Sandpoint. ? How's the weather?

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), December 14, 2000.


The squares are usually about 45 inches which is the width and now the length after cutting. I know I can buy 1 1/3 yards for a square but I always think of something else I need more for. To me this is one of the cheapest ways to decorate for the holidays. At our Ben Franklin they have flat fold sales all the time for $2.49 - $2.99 per yard. I can get a cute holiday look for less than $10.00. Sometimes less if I'm lucky enough to find fabric yard saling. And yes, I do live about 20 miles from Sandpoint and we just got about 6 inches of snow tonight, the temps. have been 20-30 degrees, not too bad. The other night it was down to about 5 degrees, that's a little chilly for me. Anyways good luck with your project, hope I helped.


-- Toni in Idaho (fourseasonsfarm@sandpoint.net), December 15, 2000.

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