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Table runners and chubby fingers

Guys, I’m coming up in the world. I am now such a hoity artist that I’ve been granted the luxury of two unpaid volunteer photography assistants! They may only be able to model projects fewer than four feet in length, but what they lack in stature they more than make up for in enthusiasm. And chubby fingers—how those dimpled knuckles do slay me.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Here’s yet another project I started sewing ages ago and only recently pulled out of my works-in-progress pile to finish. And I’m glad I did because it’s a perfect addition to the previously bare dining table in our new home (I originally made this and this for myself but ended up giving those away to my mom and best friend, respectively). It even matches our “family quilt“—as my sweetie’s two cuddly boys, a/k/a the chubby-fingered assistants, call it—that we keep on the couch.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

What is it about fall that always seems to give me the table runner bug? I love all the plums and purples in Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry and True Colors lines. Combined with my favorite quilting pattern: infinity loops. Here’s one devoted little man proudly displaying the runner for me while exploding my ego by adorably repeating how it is “like, soooooo pretty”:

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

My original furry snuggler sat this one out and decided to just look on tiredly from her little perch atop her brother’s butt—there finally exist two living beings who can wear even *her* out!

Plum-ish improv table runner

So the next project? Halloween stuff, of course! I’ve got a super cute bunting and simple patchwork quilt in the works and have been more motivated than ever to hang out in my sewing room since it now involves a steady chorus of “ooooh”s and “ahhhh”s by my sewing cheerleaders. Here’s a little peek of what we’ve got going on…

Halloween bunting in progress

I’m most excited about the print with the potion bottles—one of which purports to contain “OWL HOOTS.”  Just put a fork in me.

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  • Sue

    Love your runner, gives me encouragement to go to my sewing room and create. Love those chubby fingers, lol.

    September 27, 2015 at 11:09 am Reply
  • Molly

    Oh this is so cute, Marta! Makes my heart warm for you 🙂

    October 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm Reply
  • beckymossman

    I love the quilting on this table runner. Do you mind if I ask what thread you used to quilt it with?

    November 8, 2015 at 7:12 am Reply
    • Marta

      Hi, Becky. I use Aurifil Cotton 50wt for pretty much everything. 🙂 My machine loves it.

      November 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm Reply
      • beckymossman

        No wonder I love it! I prefer a cotton 50 or 60 wt for nearly everything I do, too. I’ll have to check out the Aurifil. Thanks for the info!

        November 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm Reply
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