Christmas Hospitality Runner in Quilter’s World’s “A Quilted Christmas” (Fall 2011)

I didn’t think I would get to do a Christmas in July post this year, but the mail man was nice to me yesterday. So I am able to do it after all.  I unexpectedly received a package from Quilter’s World, and in it are my Christmas runner and copies of the magazine’s special interest publication “A Quilted Christmas”!

This runner was made last year, and honestly I hadn’t thought of it in a long while. Seeing it again reminds me of the hot summer afternoon (much like today) we had last year while I was working on this project.

The pieced blocks are 12″ finished, sashed with 2″ finished sashing pieces. I do like the wide black sashing – the black sort of has the effect of “lifting” the pieced blocks.

The editorial staff presented the runner as a bed runner – what a splendid twist to the use of runners that we quilters make!

The fabrics are courtesy of Henry Glass (At Home for the Holidays), threads are courtesy of Aurifil (Mako 50 Cotton), and batting is courtesy of Hobbs Bonded Fibers (Tuscany Silk).

This is how I had quilted stenciled motif s on the runner. I “sewed” on the traced design using an unthreaded needle on a vellum sheet of paper one can easily purchase from the craft stores. I then positioned and pinned the paper onto the quilting area. With thread this time, I followed the design perforated on the paper. Easy peasy.

Are you thinking about Christmas yet?  Oh, don’t tell me – I will feel guilty. :)  Christmas to me is a looooooooooooooooooong way from now.  Nonetheless, I would spend sometime this week browsing through “A Quilted Christmas” to see if there are any fun gifts to make.

Have a great weekend, dear Friends!

27 thoughts on “Christmas Hospitality Runner in Quilter’s World’s “A Quilted Christmas” (Fall 2011)

  1. Someone just told me this week it was only five months til Christmas. That seems so short.

    That is very pretty and Christmasy! Does it cool off the heat any to work on Christmas projects in the summer? :)

  2. Christmas will be here before we know it and I am sure not thinking about Christmas as hot as it is in Southern AZ.
    I love the black and red–and how you did the quilting with the vellum sheet –just another great tip that I can start to use. Your quilting is just professional as always.
    Hope you weekend will be cooler than ours.

  3. So very pretty!!! And I love the idea you shared with the Vellum paper. I got some at Staples and they had all different sized pads of it there. It was where they have the drafting stuff!! Thanks for sharing and remember Christmas will be here before you know it!!!! lol

  4. Thanks for sharing the vellum paper idea! It’s been Christmas in July here. I have been working on my Fruitcake quilt and a panel quilt from the Merry and Bright fabric collection. Your runner looks great.

  5. The runner is gorgeous and you’re right about the black seems to “lift” the other colors. Your comment about the bedrunner, reminded me of a stay in a nice motel several months ago. It was the first time I had seen a runner used on a bed, and it looked quite nice. The motel used sheets in a white on white strip, using one sheet on top of a blanket with a sheet under the blanket. The runner matched the pillow shams in a dark cranberry damask. I suppose the sheets are easier to wash than the comforters/bedspreads that the motels used to use. And using the sheet on top of the blanket gave the look of a comforter. It’s interesting to see how things we see in the magazines, get used.

  6. Love the choice of colours. It seems to highlight the holly sprigs more so than if you used green instead of black. As to the ‘C’ word, I hate using it before 24th… :) Happy crafting, Jenny

  7. You’re right – the black sashiing DOES lift the blocks, but your quilting brings them all back together. I love that I can’t tell if your quilting is your quilting stitches or the pattern of the red fabric!!! Awesome, as usual!

  8. Hi Wendy,
    I have just found your blog (thanks to 50 best blog listings in Quilter’s Home), and think it’s fantastic. Your work is gorgeous! I went through your tutorials on machine quilting and got so much out of them. Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge! I have one question. In perusing through your past posts, I didn’t happen to see much noted about needles, types, sizes, etc. You were very clear about what thread worked best for you (Aurifil, I love it too!). I think one post you noted how you changed needle type and size due to skipped stitches. I was wondering what is your go-to needle of choice for your machine quilting? Any thoughts about needles in general? Thanks again..

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