Friday Finish: Pin Up Star Table Runner and Free Pattern


Some time ago Kelli and I participated in a quilt along featured by Quilting Galley.  We came up with a block that we really liked with a pinwheel inside a star.  I like it so much that  I even designed a quilt and table runner that used the block.  Only problem, we ran out of time and didn’t get either the table runner or the quilt made.  Awhile ago Kelli got the table runner sewn and finally, I got it quilted and bound.

For the quilting, I used a light brown thread and a VERY simple quilting design.


The table runner is pretty big.  It ends up being 17″ x 53″.  I think it will look nice on the table in the house in town.  There I will be able to keep all of the leaves in the table thus supporting a large runner.

To make the table runner you need the printable directions to make the block which you can find here.  To get the expanded directions to make the table runner,  click on this link, Pinup Star Table Runner, for the free printable pattern.  I will put a link to this blog post on the right side bar of the blog so you can easily find the link back to this pattern.  Look for it under the name Pin Up Star Table Runner.

I would still like to make the quilt that I designed with the block….Isn’t that just like a quilter?  We’re always looking ahead to our next project rather than basking in the accomplishment of having a project finished.

Today, we are hooking up with……Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

P.S.  Here’s a link to the Target giveaway we have going on.

Quilt Backings: How to piece a 96″ x 96″ backing from 6 yards of fabric


You may remember a bit ago that I bought some 6 yards long pieces of fabric for backings from Whittles Fabrics.  I wrote about it in this blog post.

I had said that I typically get six yards of fabric for a quilt back and just add a little more fabric if I need to have the backing be wider than 88″.  Well…I got a note from Ila in my email.  She said that it’s easy to make a 96″ x 96″ backing with 6 yards of fabric.  Well that had me excited because rarely do I make a quilt bigger than that.

She sent me an instruction sheet that shows how and she gave me permission to share it with all of you.  Here’s the link to Ila’s-6 yard quilt back instructions.   It is in a pdf file so you will need an adobe reader to view it.  You can find a that free downloadable program here.

I was so excited and was going to use the instruction to piece a backing for my Smith Mountain Morning quilt that I put the final stitches in on Monday night but alas…my quilt is too long.  If I ever finish up my Celtic Solstice quilt I’ll use Ila’s directions for that.

Just so that you’ll be able to find these directions again, I am adding it to the tutorial list found on the right hand column of the blog.  I know I’ll be using this for sure.  THANKS Ila!!

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