Posts in category "Table linens"

DIY Scrappy Coasters Tutorial

My guild challenged us to make something with text fabric. I decided on coasters.
Did you read the post about the Round Robin? Then you know that I adored the scrappy bright coasters that Alison made me as a gift for working on her quilt. I was determined to make my own version, they were so darn cute! They are easy to make but there were so many steps... Read more »

DIY Modern Table Runner plus Tree Motif

My Modern Guild has a challenge nearly every month. I resolved to participate in more which was easy as my previous record had been one. The challenge for September was to create a table runner in the Modern Quilt aesthetic. In addition to that, my 3 Classics in One Year Book Club will have our... Read more »

Sewing in Cuba

My husband and I just got back from 8 days in Cuba, a fantastic adventure! I am still mulling over all I saw and learned in our People to People government authorized experience. I am sure there will be more posts about this journey but I wanted to write first about sewing in Cuba. People... Read more »

DIY Fun and easy Irish table runner tutorial

I love being Irish, I just love it. I am not 100% Irish, more like 75% but it’s the part I claim and celebrate. We always had fun on St. Patrick’s day growing up so I have continued that into my adult life. I have Irish china, shirts, buttons and all kinds of green linens... Read more »

DIY Super easy Dish towel tutorial

I made these tea towels or dish towels in the past and I decided I wanted to make more.
I have previously written about the table runners I made for my condo neighbors. I decided I wanted to put a little something with it. As you know, I “collect” many fabrics in my sewing room and one aspect of that collection is towels to decorate. Do you call them tea towels or dish towels?... Read more »

Quick and easy DIY Table runner from pre cuts

I live in a condo building of four units and I am good buds with two women who live in two other units. They are both single gals who do a lot for our building. We bring in each other’s garbage cans or newspapers plus pull together for meetings or repairs. We don’t hang out... Read more »

DIY Quick and Easy Christmas Table runner

Are you ready for a good looking table runner, super quick? I made this the other night in a couple of hours. I used scraps from Z’s newest quilt. It’s a great quilt and you can see what fabrics I started with. Just click on the links to see both my final and first posts... Read more »

DIY Fast and Easy Fall table runner

I bought 4 yards of the main fabric and cut out 10 napkins 18" by 18". I bought a half a yard of 3 different batiks to go with it and cut 3 2.5" strips of each.
I decided I wanted a new table runner. I wanted it fast. I wanted it easy. I wanted to not only make it but design it myself. So I did. I called it the DIY Fast and Easy Fall Table runner. What did I buy?  I wanted napkins also so I purchased 4 yards of... Read more »

Setting a budget friendly Thanksgiving Table

I like to think of fall colors when I set my table.
Have you ever looked at table setting ideas for Thanksgiving? Those tables are loaded with crystal, silver and fine china, they are amazing. I don’t own crystal or fine china, I have casual blue and white china, Hadley pottery, blue Fiestaware and my grandmother’s Noritake. I have don’t own silver, I have pewter. That’s OK,... Read more »

Birthday table runners

Now that my kids are no longer having slumber parties at my house, I love birthdays again!  Growing up, I had two birthday parties but this was of course in the dark ages, the 1950′s.  My girls had a party every single year.  And when they were a certain age, they  would be so excited... Read more »
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