Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wonky Cross Table Runner

One of my favorite things about my quilt guild is our Quilt Makers program, which we started last year. Members from the guild create a gift for other members who have an important life event (babies, moving, retirement, etc.). The guild reimburses some of the cost. We collectively made this tablerunner for Kathy, our former secretary, who recently retired. She loves the beach and wonky crosses, so I knew this was the way to go!

With group projects, you have to have a bit of faith. I was prepared to make more blocks if we didn't have enough, but it came out perfect! Members who volunteered had the option of making a 12.5" block or a 6.5" block. The color balance came out just perfectly, too. I asked for near-solid or solid blue backgrounds (I chose the below Botanics print because it is just so beautiful).

It was a pleasure to sew together and quilt up. Quilting pebbles is always fun (I may be a minority here!), and I made the boxes with my free motion foot. It's much faster than a walking foot because you don't have to keep wrestling around your quilt. I practiced the same technique on Pixie Sticks.

Jessica Levitt bound the runner, and we surprised Kathy at the August meeting!

Photos by our photog, Laura

And now it fits perfectly in Kathy's place. CJMQG, I love you!

Photo by Kathy

 Linking up to Fabric Tuesday, Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. What a lovely gift! It sounds like a good group of people that came together to make it too. Pebbles have grown on me in the last couple of months, or at least the quilting them has gotten less tedious for me.

  2. What an awesome group gift, and it looks like it matches her home perfectly!!! I love pebbles, too, but I don't tend to use them everywhere; I like touches of them in a project like you did here.

  3. What an awesome gift! The quilting is awesome and the runner looks great in its new home.

  4. That is such an awesome thing to do for your fellow members! I love your quilting on it and the colors. Looking at it in her home, I think you guys did a perfect job. And how wonderful for her to have this as a reminder of all the great guild times!

  5. super cute, I love the blues and the pebbles!

  6. It looks great! I love the color palette and how you quilted it.

  7. it looks amazing in her home! Thanks for sharing at NTT and TGIFF!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. What an awesome present! I love the colours and wonky crosses are so much fun! Great job!


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