Free Patterns for Table Runners at BOMquilts.com

These are two beautiful table runners I designed and made in December, the free patterns for them can be found at BOMquilts.com.  Both of these table runners are sponsored by AbbiMays.com and I believe they still have kits available so you can make them for yourself or as gifts at any time – and have them to use or waiting as gifts the whole year long!

Subtle Skies Table Runner

“Subtle Skies” Table Runner

Made with “Subtle Skies” Quilt Fabric designed by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics

ChristmasTreeTableRunner

“Christmas Tree Joy” Table Runner

Made with “Joy” batiks from Timeless Treasures

This adorable table runner is actually on my own family’s dining room table right now and has received many compliments.  It went together so fast I actually had to go back to the pattern I’d written to make sure I made it correctly.  LOL

Hope you enjoy these quick and easy table runners for years to come!

 

 

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    Quilted December Updates – Hand Warmers

    Ever since I started my “Quilt Therapy Countdown for Christmas”, my December quilt projects have to wait until after Christmas to talk about and showcase on my Quilt Therapy blog.  Sometimes, it’s REALLY, REALLY hard not to just slip in a blog post with something I have completed or something fun to read about.

    But now, the wait is over!

    Let me begin my December tales with the gifts I made for my girls’ teachers and for my MIL’s family Christmas.

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    These are hand warmers.  I was sitting with my husband one evening, just visiting about this and that…when I asked him if it was possible to make hand warmers with fabric and filled with rice.  He found no reason why it couldn’t be done so a plot was hatched to at least make those for our daughters’ teachers as Christmas gifts…and then it morphed into making about 35 pair for the family get together, too.

    When, I mentioned my idea to my quilter and she did a search engine search and found a blog where there was a tutorial to make them!  I was flabbergasted that what I felt was an original idea 🙁

    But, I followed my original idea and put them together with jelly roll fabric.  For ONE (1) hand warmer, I cut a 7″ strip from a jelly roll and then folded the fabric in half and sewed (zig-zag stitch) the two sides together.  Then, I filled it with three teaspoons of rice, closing the top at the sewing machine.  These all go together VERY quickly, hence the reason I was able to make them in just over an hour from start-to-finish.

    Finally, I typed up some directions (30 seconds in the microwave) and strung them through with some thin crochet thread and tied a knot to secure them to the pairs of hand warmers.

    Fun and very well received, too!

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      Websites of TK Harrison, Quilt Designing Computer Geek

      Perhaps the moniker my children gave to me many years ago is no longer correct, since MS has robbed me of some of my ability to be a computer geek…but I still occasionally handle websites for clients on my server so think I’ll keep it!

      There are many websites that are part of my quilting endeavors.  Some were created for the love of quilting, some for those learning to quilt and some just for the fun of quilting!  These are the websites in my quilting empire:

      There are also a couple other websites that are in the process of being developed.

      And when I look at this list, I’m a bit embarrassed that I have so many websites…except they’re all about quilting and that has been my passion for over 30 years!

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        Three Year Anniversary of Living with Multiple Sclerosis

        Today marks my third year anniversary of my MS diagnosis.  You can read about my previous updates here, here, here, here and here.

        As of the writing of this post, I am a lost cause.  I have been on four MS therapies/protocols in my three years since diagnosis and each and every one of them has failed me.  The last one I was on is considered to be the strongest MS therapy on the market – and it, too, was a failure.  I am now on a two-month hiatus from any MS therapies – letting the last infusion work its way out of my body and then just relaxing with only my daily symptom medications to see how I do.  We (my husband and I) felt that I did much better when I wasn’t on any therapy and January 2014 will be the month for us to see how I do, before returning to see my MS neurologist in February 2014.  There are two MS therapies left that I have not been on, and she wants to start one of them in February unless we feel it would give me a better quality of life to remain on no therapies.  She also said that about 10% of those with MS are unable to tolerate or find help with any MS therapies and I could very well be in that group.

        The dizziness, though, continues.  Some days, not so bad.  Some days, I cannot even walk and my husband has to help me move around the house.  It’s so darned frustrating and upsetting!  And we cannot find a common thread that happens before the dizziness starts.  With the dizziness comes the balance problems most folks with MS have.  I have fallen up stairs, crashed into walls, knocked over furniture, etc.  Some days because of the dizziness and some days without it.  Some days, the painful symptoms pop up, some days they don’t – again, no rhyme or reason or recurring event happens to be able to find a pattern for everything.

        I apologize to my family over and over again, knowing that my MS hampers some of the kids’ fun in the house.  I apologize to my husband, who has to take care of me when I cannot take care of myself.  I apologize to extended family for not being able to participate in things I used to find joy in.  And I apologize to myself for being a burden on everyone.

        Nowhere is my MS most prevalent than in my quilting.  I hit a high mark last month in feeling like I got my quilting mojo back – but, it has already left my body & psyche.  I struggle by making myself go into my sewing room and working on a quilt project – FORCE myself to do it.  I am usually happy with the finished project so am glad I made myself do it.  I have learned that if I take 15 to 30 minutes at a time in my sewing room, and continue with that time increments throughout the day – I can finish a project without overdoing it physically.  It’s just getting excited about a project and taking that first step into my sewing room that makes the difference of a difficult situation.

        Thank God for my family.  They uplift me when I’m down, carry me when I’m unable to carry myself, make up for my inabilities…and continue to love me.  Without their love, I would have no purpose to continue to forge ahead of this brain-eating disease.

        And I thank God for my online quilting and MS friends – they are a great lifeline when I need it the most.

        We do not know what course we will take in 2014, but we DO know that we are aiming for quality of life.

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