Four Leaf Clover Table Runner Finishing Instructions

Fabric Cutting Requirements for Finishing Your Table Runner:

  • Cut TWO (2) 1 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ strips of Grass Green
  • Cut TWO (2) 1 1/2″ x 27 1/2″ strips of Grass Green
  • Cut and piece enough 2″ x WOF strips of Dark Green to create your binding

Sew the three blocks together to create a row.  Sew the two ends of Grass Green to your row.  Sew the top and bottom (longer) strips to your table runner borders to the row.  Create your quilt sandwhich with backing, binding and your table runner top and quilt as desired.  Finish your table runner with the binding.  Finally, place upon your table and get ready to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Four Leaf Clover Table Runner Block Construction

    Fabric Requirements for this quilted table runner top:

    • Dark Green = 1/4 yard (includes binding)
    • Gray Green = 1/8 yard
    • Mint Green = 1/8 yard
    • Grass Green = 1/4 yard (includes border)
    • Beige = 1/4 yard

    Cutting Requirements for ONE (1) Block – You will need THREE (3) Blocks for this table runner:

    • Dark Green – Cut SIX (6) 2″ squares
    • Gray Green – Cut SIX(6) 2″ squares
    • Mint Green – Cut FOUR (4) 2″ squares
    • Grass Green – Cut FOUR (4) 2″ squares
    • Beige – Cut EIGHT (8) 2″ squares
    • Mint Green – Cut TWO (2) 2 3/8″ squares
    • Grass Green – Cut TWO 2 3/8″ squares
    • Beige – Cut FOUR (4) 2 3/8″ squares

    Instructions for putting your block together:

    1. Make TWO (2) half-square triangles with the Gray Green/Beige squares so that when you cut them apart you have FOUR (4) completed HST’s.
    2. Make TWO (2) half-square triangles with the Mint Green/Beige squares so that when you cut them apart you have FOUR (4) completed HST’s.
    3. Create this block in quadrants by sewing each quadrant together, making sure you use a 1/4″ seam allowance and pressing toward the darkest fabric.
    4. Once you have your FOUR (4) quadrants sewn together, sew them together into TWO (2) rows and then sew the rows into your block!

    Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on how to put your table runner together!

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      Four Leaf Clover Table Runner

      As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Irish in me is screaming to be let free and the thought of corned beef and cabbage is making my mouth water.  I don’t want to waste all that Irish fun, so wanted to put it to good use by creating a fun and easy table runner to put our dining table in the festive mood for Irish ambiance!  Today, I will post photos of the table runner I designed.  Tomorrow, I will give instructions to put the blocks together and Wednesday, I will put up the finishing instructions to complete your Four Leaf Clover Table Runner!  Even a beginning quilter should be able to whip this up in a matter of a few hours, leaving you enough time to plan your St. Patrick’s Day menu because EVERYONE is Irish on St. Patty’s Day!

      Four Leaf Clover Block

      Four Leaf Clover Table Runner

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        Out of the Fires Comes Quilted Love

        Last year, Texas received what I believe I read to be one of the worst droughts in history.  With the lack of rain, fires were everywhere.  One of the most devastating happened in Bastrop, Texas where at least 1,645 homes were destroyed.

        I found out one of my Girl Scouts had cousins who lost their homes in the fires that raged across Bastrop.  Immediately, I had a mission – to lovingly make quilts for those kids.  They needed a gift of quilted love from a quilted heart.

        Although I had the quilts done in November, we couldn’t seem to coordinate our schedules among us to get together so I could deliver the quilts and have a little photo op.  FINALLY, this past Monday at our local quilt group meeting, the kids and their mom were able to make it to town so I could give them a quilted hug.

        In this first picture, the little boy had been woken up from napping in the car….and then brought into a room of around 30 ladies looking at him.  He was not crying over the quilt in any way, just a bit shaken over the circumstances.  You will see in the last photo that he was all smiles.  Also, the county judge’s wife gave the kids sock monkey friends, and they loved both of their gifts!

        My quilted heart was bursting at the seams.

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          Where’s the Beef?

          It seems many quilters I know are stuck in a rut.  They like what they quilt – be it traditional blocks (definitely my style and preference), paper piecing, foundation piecing, etc.).  But, as my daughter expands her artistic abilities with paint, chalk and mixed media – it really got me to thinking about my own preferences…and perhaps a rut that I have been stuck in with regards to my quilting.  Not a rut that I’m worried about, but a rut that can sometimes leave me wondering “Where’s the Beef?”

          While I absolutely and totally LOVE creating the quilt tops that I make, I ventured beyond my norm a few weeks ago and made a wall hanging with some gorgeous buttons from Button Mad.  And I had a BLAST doing so!  Now, I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable smuggling up on a cold winter’s night with a quilt that was full of hand-crafted buttons – there are a large number of crafty items that could potentially be used in a quilt that would still create the same cozy feeling that tradition dictates – with a twist.

          Here’s some ideas that have been running through my head over the past few weeks, and something inspired by my love of all things crafty and frugal (keep in mind I have to stick with cotton because I am allergic to all things synthetic):

          • Rick-rack has been popular for years.  I am not only thinking of embellishing a quilt with it, I am also thinking it would make great borders for blocks instead of sashing.
          • Bath towels!  Yes, you heard that right!  Using bath towels with traditional quality quilt fabric to make a two dimentional quilt with some serious snuggly texture.  Who doesn’t love to wrap themselves in a plush bath towel, especially those fancy Europeon ones with the textures?
          • Create a foundation-pieced quilt out of baby flannel blankets.  They are already the perfect size to cocoon a wriggling baby in, why not give them a little extra plush and design by adding a layer or two of muslin and quilt batting to the tops and bottoms?
          • Grandma’s old aprons and house dresses.  I don’t know about you but both of my grandmas wore everyday house dresses for daily living and NEVER cooked a meal without an apron!  What a beautiful memory to make a quilt out of the wardrobes of their lives.
          • Pom-poms.  SO 70’s, but so fun, too!  Again, can be used to embellish a quilt, create lines of demarcation in a quilt or border blocks and even use as the binding on a quilt.  My kids would love this!
          • Yo-Yo’s made from some of the special baby and toddler clothes that I kept from my children when they were babies.  OH, the memories I could create with these.  And since I had four children, many of the baby clothes the oldest child wore were also warn by all three younger children – so I could share the love with all of the kids.
          • Wranglers.  Ah yes, my favorite kind of jeans.  Sure wish I could figure out how to get that fine, firm …. ummm, eye-candy tucked into a quilt with the jeans, too <grin>.
          • Flannel shirts – what fun to sew with flannel that has been used over and over again.  SO very soft and comfy!
          • Sweatshirts are my best friend in the colder months.  I do not wear a coat unless I have to stand outside because I cannot drive in one, but I wear my sweatshirts until they are literally in tatters and holes.  They make fabulous quilts because they are already broke in!
          • Have you seen those cotton rugs at the dollar stores that are pretty worthless as rugs because they are so THIN?  They are the PERFECT quilt for a pet – no quilting required, frankly.  Just sew a half-dozen or so of them together and you have a doggy blanket that is sure to be perfect for the canine of your casa!  They are totally washable and will help keep the mud off of your floors when those little (or big, in our case) four legged kids traipse through their favorite flower beds and then have to be put up in the mud room until they clean their paws enough to be allowed into the rest of the house.

          What about you?  What kind of “out of the box” items can you think of to “beef up” your quilting endeavors?

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