A very busy table runner

Sometimes I start sewing without much of a plan, and it either turns out amazing…semi-cool…or pretty horrible.  I’d give this one a rating of semi-cool and growing on me. 
It’s very busy with all those prints crammed into one table runner!
I did this swirly quilting on it  and it was really fun once I got the hang of it!
I wrote in this post how I made the pinwheels.   The sizes of pinwheels were 8 1/2″, 4 1/2″ (trimmed down from 5″), and 6 1/2″…then I sewed 2″ strips to 2 sides of the 6 1/2″ to make the block 8 1/2″ square. 
I love the look of it on my table…but between art projects and experiments it will probably spend very little time there!

39 Responses to A very busy table runner

  1. Missy Shay May 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I really like how your table runner turned out!

  2. Barbara May 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Love the table runner. I think I will make one with a similar layout. The only problem is that my table is usually covered with fabric. Oh well.

  3. Lesley May 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Your Tablerunner looks so beautiful with all those fabrics and different sizes of pinwheel blocks. Well done!

  4. Erica at Sew So Crafty May 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Just love anything pinwheel!

  5. Erica at Sew So Crafty May 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Just love anything pinwheel!

  6. Rosa May 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Your runner looks fabulous!

  7. Carla May 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    I love the table runner! But like at your house, a table runner seldom stays on the table and is usually crumpled in the corner or on the floor to make way for boy's projects, coloring books, blocks….Ah well.

  8. Naturally Carol May 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Interestingly with lots of the 'busy-ness' being in neutral tones it calms the design down considerably…it's gorgeous!

  9. SuperMomNoCape May 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Oh I love that tablerunner and especially love two of the prints you used in it… the houses print and the numbers/year print.

  10. NadineC May 12, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    It definitely rates at way more than "semi-cool" in my book. I love it!

  11. Julia May 12, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Great job..I love it!

  12. Deborah Hamilton May 12, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    I think amazing is a good description.

  13. trish May 12, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Your table runner looks fun! :0)

  14. Grandmasewnsew May 12, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    This is great and not at all what I'd call "busy". It's fun and very cool!

  15. Amanda Corbet May 12, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    I think it is absolutely amazing and beautiful!

  16. Jan Marie May 12, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    Love the new line of fabric. I like it when something turns out as cool. Fun fabric in your table runner.

  17. Robyn May 12, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    I Pre-ordered "growing up modern" months ago and it came in the mail today from amazon. I love it. I love it. The projects look fun, satisfying and will show off some fabrics I have been hoarding perfectly. :) I have completed two of your quilts in the past- I seem to always just love your sophisticated, yet simple style. So I knew I would simply "need" this book. :) congrats- its beautiful- Projects, quilting & photography!!

    Happy mother's day!

  18. Melissa May 12, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    You are way too modest…it's amazing!

  19. prsd4tim2 May 12, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    Looks great! I always love pinwheels, especially with lots of color. So classic and fun at the same time. Well done.

  20. Annie May 12, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    I love the look of it on your table, and the swirly quilting is cool. Great shot of the little boys!

  21. sandi s May 12, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    I love your quilt. The colors are great!

  22. Franziska May 12, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    I like it, looks wonderful. The quilting is beautiful.
    I like the new fabric line, too, yummy colours. If I weren't on fabric diet…

  23. Ada May 12, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    The table runner looks lovely. And I like your new fabrics, nice colours and patterns

  24. Jeneta May 12, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    Your table runner is beautiful! I'm inspired to have a go at some swirly quilting (thanks to your great photos I can clearly see how to do it!).

  25. Chez Vies May 12, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    I always love pinwheels!! busy or not your one is a pretty one, esp with the swirly quilting..love it :)

  26. conny's quilts May 12, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Lovely tablerunner you made! Looks very sunny.

  27. Carol May 12, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Wonderful! Wonderful table runner!

  28. Alicia May 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Wish I were going to Spring Market! Portland is a long way from Ardmore, OK ! And I've never been there. I'm sure it's beautiful!

  29. Robin@robinsnestquilting May 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I don't usually comment because you have SO many comments, but I follow your blog "religiously" :-)

    I will look for you at market!

  30. Amy DeCesare May 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Compared to some projects I've seen, I don't think this even approaches "too busy" – I think it's just energetic. ;) It's really fun and looks great!

  31. Rebecca Grace May 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I love your quilted spirals! I've been working on that one and still haven't been able to get my spirals quite as smooth and even as yours. And I like your "semi-cool" table runner!

  32. Tiges and Weince May 13, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Just gorgeous. I love the idea of making quilts, one day I will be brave enough to have a go & make something substantial. For now I will just continue to watch.

  33. Melia Mae Quilting May 13, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    Absolutely adorable! I love how it looks on your new "farmhouse" table. Super jealous!

  34. grannymaudsgirl May 13, 2013 at 2:40 am #

    You are too hard on yourself! It is not that 'busy'! Lovely. I like the swirly quilting.

  35. Judith Blinkenberg May 13, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    It's a really pretty table runner! I need to start collecting the written fabric. It makes a wonderful pattern. My, you are good!!

  36. Melissa Oyler May 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I love this runner. I honestly thought all the pinwheels were solids except for the 2 red ones that are obviously a print. I thought they balance the black, white, & grey prints really well. Also, the fact that you chose background prints that are mostly white helps to balance it out too. I wouldn't worry about it appearing too busy. Love, love, love! :)

  37. Cindy May 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I love this and love the colors! Nice job!:)

  38. Darice May 15, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Gosh, I love pinwheels too! ( and like some others, my table is covered with fabric) :-D
    And this picture sure does show how much your boys are growing!

  39. cyndiofthevortex May 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I love your tablerunner! It is pretty and fun. I'm a sucker for pinwheels. They always look happy.

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