Sunday, February 9, 2014

eXtreme Scrapping: A Table Runner from Leftovers

I'm a little bit silly about saving fabric scraps.  I save just about every little bit of usable fabric.  Usable for me can be as little as 1/2 inch.  Does that move me from the silly to the compulsive category?  May be so.  So be it.

Extreme Scrapping Table Runner - Batiks
leftover from the Tsunami Quilt

The center squares are done by topstitching
(with a decorative stitch)
two little scrappy bits together.

I do not use a foundation, just slightly
overlap the pieces, topstitch, press and trim. 

It is a technique I developed when I decided
I needed to use up all the little bits leftover
from the New York Beauty Christmas quilt.

I thought this would be a great project to try
quilting with Perle Cotton.

And quilting with my
grandmother's crochet thread ... why not?

The back ... and all the hand quilting.  

The quilting was all done free form,
experimenting with the different threads.

The difference in look of the
10 and 30 wt crochet threads.

The 10 wt bedspread weight thread is a bit too heavy and was hard to pull while quilting.  But I really like the heavier look of the thread.

The  Perle Cotton is the easiest to quilt with and
also has the heavier thread look.

The 30 wt crochet was also easy to pull.


  1. Love it!! Anything scrappy grabs my attention! I've been known to take a little piece from the wastebasket for use in a block.

  2. I think there must be a special place in heaven for those of us who pick little bits from the waste basket ... I bet you save string (me too)! I come from a long line of string savers, so it is hopeless for me :}

  3. Oh this is so beautiful...and fun to! I enjoyed reading about the process you used to create it :)

    1. I quite like it too! It's my current favorite thing and I like the quilting with the perle cotton .. I'll be playing around with that in future. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love it, it's so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this and for the great photos and descriptions. What size is this?

    1. Thank you Marsha, glad you enjoyed. It measures 14 1/2 x 31 1/2.