Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas sewing

 I finally got into the mood for some Christmas sewing.  I wanted a table runner for my dining room.  Last Sunday I started flipping through magazines and by this Sunday I had top made.  Here it is all pinned and ready for machine quilting.  I hope to be binding it by the weekend!
 I didn't have a pattern but the idea came from a picture in the Dec 2009 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  It's in an article about Renee Plains's Christmas decorating.  I love my stash of magazines. So many ideas - so little time...

 My DH brought home from work this enormous Christmas basket. I don't exactly know where it came from but we've been enjoying the treats.  Usually these gourmet items come in an actual basket which I save thinking I will fill it with something and decorate some little corner of the house. (somehow I never get around to it)  This year I was astounded at the size and sturdiness of this sleigh!  It was begging to be used.  I piled in my favorite Christmas quilt and the kids supplied the Teddy.
The quilt is a pattern of Marcie's of Patchalot Patterns.  It's her free Christmas pattern from 2008 and is still free on her website.  I may have to make another because now I have nothing for the coffee table.
I have no idea where I will store this huge sleigh after Christmas but I really like it!  :0)

Happy Quilting!!

8 comments:

Sue said...

Amazing that we get so much inspiration from all those magazines we hoard.
It's a lovely Christmas able runner Janet.

Maureen said...

I remember that article. Love your version!
The Teddy looks so comfortable in the quilt lined sleigh. A wonderful holiday decoration!

Every Stitch said...

Lovely table runner - well done!
Every Stitch

Janet said...

I usually forget to look through the magazines. I love the baskets, it's a perfectly wonderful table runner. Love the recycled sleigh.

Lori said...

What a gorgeous runner! Perfect in every way for the holidays!!

Barb said...

What a lovely basket runner! The sleigh is just great you can use it so many ways. It is adorable with your little quilt and a teddy -

be*mused jan said...

I am so impressed! That basket runner is wonderful and I love that you noticed it and replicated it right away. I would have stuck a post-it note in the page for future reference. ;-)

MARCIE said...

Oh look, a little blast from the past! So fun to see you using that little quilt. It looks darling with teddy in the sleigh!