Family Dinner in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (January/February 2015)


Hello Friends – I hope you are well.  I have been working – well, no surprise there.  But in case you haven’t heard much from me, I want you to know it’s not because I don’t like you.  It’s just that I have been working.

I am happy to share with you today my Family Dinner  table runner that is featured in Fons and Porter‘s Love of Quilting January/February 2015 issue.  I am always excited to be featured in any of the Fons and Porter’s publications.

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Family Dinner uses fabrics from Quilting Treasures’ Hot Little Dish.  You may purchase the runner kit here.  I like that the fabrics are non-seasonal, rendering the runner non-seasonal as well.  What really appeals to me about the fabrics is that they exude hospitality that just speaks of fellowship and meaningful conversations.


Click here to view the entire fabric range.  Don’t you just love that quilt backing “ombre flatware” print fabric?


I quilted allover large feathers on the quilt.  Quilting feathers is always therapeutic for me, mainly because I quilt with quality thread (Aurifil Mako 50 cotton) over quality batting (Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting).  With Aurifil threads, my stitches always come out looking right, and with Hobbs batting, my quilts end up looking well quilted.


I decided that it was worthwhile to quilt allover feathers on this runner because the fabrics aren’t so bright and busy that the prints would swallow up the feathering effects.  Instead, the resulted effect is a nice overall texture for the runner, especially when the light hits the runner just right.




You may also recall the table ensemble patterns I designed for Quilting Treasures late last year. Click here for more information on the patterns.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing the options you can have with this really fun group of fabrics.

Thank you for stopping by!  Hugs to you all.  Till next time!


My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point


Free-to-use Designs:

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

Attention to Detail in American Patchwork & Quilting (June 2011)

Quite a few of you have written to tell me you saw my Attention to Detail table runner in the current (June 2011) issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  Some wondered why I hadn’t posted about it on the blog.

Well, the reason is that my little tablerunner is late returning to me.  It  had tagged along American Patchwork & Quilting staff and done some traveling to quilt guild meeting(s?) since the publish of the magazine.

It’s back with me now!  Got it yesterday.  Being featured in American Patchwork & Quilting is another first for me.  So I am super excited about it.

You can see the applique is poofed up from being quilted over Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting.  For the actual quilting, I used YLI 100 silk instead of my usual Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton to give the overall quilting a finer look.  The fabrics are a combination of Anything but the Kitchen Sink, Jinny Beyer Palette, and Pindots – all by RJR.

Taking a little detour here… These butter leaf cookies are the STUFF!  I had picked up a box of the cookies at the store because they were on sale.  Now, I wish I had picked up ten boxes instead of one.  They taste a lot like the Danish cookies I used to love when I was a child, except they are much richer !!!

Back to quilting, the magazine showed my quilting schematic on one of the pages.  Take a look for ideas if you have trouble deciding what to quilt on a block like the one featured in the project.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely day.  Now for the very serious question of the day:  Are you a fan of those Danish cookies I talked about?