Thursday, March 29, 2012

it's a month of runners and table toppers and look at LuAnn's Table Cloth ( 2 special guests today again lol)

Hi I’m LuAnn from Loose Threads here to show you the red and white tablecloth that I made. With all of the excitement over the quilt display, Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, I wanted to make a quilt in red and white. I also love the combination of redwork embroidery and quilting, so I was thrilled to find the Scandinavian Christmas Hearts pattern from Northern Quilts.



This is one of those quilts where the fabric really does do the work. The quilt has a large block in the center with long strips of fabric surrounding the border of red and white squares. It can be used during the Christmas season right on through the month of February.



Each corner of the tablecloth has a different redwork heart that is set on point.



Yes....the hearts are on point so imagine my surprise (and shock) when I took this heart from the embroidery hoop and discovered that I had traced and stitched it the wrong way.



Now I'd like to show you what I did with this block.




I made a quilt-as-you-go table mat using the block and leftover fabric from my tablecloth. Here's how:

I found a hexagon template and traced it onto freezer paper and then enlarged it so that it would cover my redwork design.



I ironed the freezer paper onto the block and then trimmed the block. Then I cut a piece of background fabric quite a bit larger than the block. Place the background fabric right side down.



Next place a piece of batting on top of the backing and secure the block in the center with a few pins.


Cut your scraps into 1 1/4" strips.


Place a strip right side down and sew. I used my walking foot.


Finger press the first strip open, and place a second strip on making sure that both ends of the strip extend beyond the first strip. Sew.


Keep adding strips and work your way around the block.


Continue around the block until it is the size desired.


I added a border cut at 2 1/4".


My binding is the same striped bias binding that I used on the tablecloth. The quilting is finished so the table mat is ready to use or give as a gift. This method can work for any orphan block you have, too.

Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to be a guest blogger here at SewWeQuilt today. I hope you will come over and visit me at Loose Threads. I have enjoyed this month of table runners, and I'm happy to be able to show you a couple of mine here.

116 comments:

  1. Simply beautiful!!! I LOVE the embroidery!!! Great job~ ♥♥♥

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  2. Love the redwork heart pattern. Your larger table topper is just gorgeous! How clever to use this into a QAG piece, just lovely.

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  3. voila une superbe réalisation !!!!!!!!!
    félicitations pour ce travail trés soigné avec beaucoup de goût
    j'ai trés envie de le réaliser aussi ........
    bisous bisous

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  4. Your tabletopper is too pretty and precious to eat on and wash on a regular basis. Do you remove it from the table before you eat? I love the red prints, the embroidery and the beautiful star pattern. I also enjoyed your tutorial :) It gave me some ideas.

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  5. These are both so BEAUTIFUL !! I love how the embroidery and patchwork go together . A great idea to follow !
    thank you for it! :)

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  6. Both are great I love the table topper as it looks like it's within my skillset.

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  7. -lovely tablecloth, you know that I do love red and white quilts *smile*
    The hexagon tabletopper ist just gorgeous, great tutorial, thaks to you LuAnn and to you Madame Samm too.
    Wish both of you a nice day!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente- Germany

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  8. Both of your quilts are lovely! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  9. Wow this is just gorgeous...I love the mix of quilting, redwork and on
    point...thanks for sharing with us...

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  10. Beautiful!...I am sew impressed with embroidery, I guess I need to learn to do that too.
    I'm a new quilter (just finished my first and working on my second). Thanks for showing what to do with an orphan block. Even though I'm new to quilting, I already have an orphan block, and now I can use it proudly!

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  11. mixed media is always so appealing! I love the binding on your piece--it really brings a out a little french zing!

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  12. Good Morning LuAnn, there is no mistaken we certainly have some of the very best tut writers and project designers....this is just lovely, no more than lovely, spectacular....heavens, what is in your head for our next projects, I really am dying to know...lol

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  13. LuAnn - you do magnificent work, as always :-)
    Love your table cloth and your table topper!

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  14. Hi there, aren't you just clever, your embroidery is spectacular. As I was saying to your other guest, I never know what I am going to see. You are candy for my eyes. Thank you for sharing your lovely talent. Dana in Mexico

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  15. Using embroidery in a quilt really takes it to a new level. Love it.

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  16. LuAnn this is beautiful tablecloth, and your embroidery is perfect.
    Mary Jo

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  17. Wonderful embroidery! What a cute project:)

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  18. Lovely and great tute Julierose

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  19. How charming! I have been in love with Lemoyne Star designs lately so love this one! I also love the way your re-purposed the errant embroidery. QAYG is the way to go!

    The red & white color scheme works for Valentines Day, spring and Xmas---bonus!!

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  20. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Very pretty, LuAnn! Love the redwork!

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  22. Very nice project.I love redwork.Thanks for sahring!!

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  23. I LOVE redwork! Someday I plan to try it! :)

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  24. I am collecting fabrics for a red and white quilt. Yours is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Thank you LuAnn for the tutorial. Love the red work.

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous! I haven't yet tried hand embroidering but I may have to!

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  27. I love hexagons and red and white so this is perfect!
    Thanks!

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  28. Great save on your redwork. I would have been sick, but you make lemonade!

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  29. Pink Lemonade is what you made. Don't you just love it when an "Opps" turns out beautiful!

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  30. Your table topper is so beautiful. And of course, red is my favorite color!

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  31. I love your table topper. The combination of the embroidery and quilting really shines! Ming (mdai97@yahoo.com)

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  32. What a lovely tablecloth! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I'm off to visit your site.

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  33. Oh, Rhonda, I do so love red and white (or as here cream)! Thank you for this!

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  34. Oops, I got it backwards - I meant LuAnne's! I'm getting too goofy today!

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  35. What beautiful projects. I really love the Quilt as you go table mat. Wonderful tutorial. Thank you very much.

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  36. Your table runner and tablecloth are very lovely! The redwork addition to your work is beautiful! Thanks!

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  37. Awesome, I've been wondering about how to do just this. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. It is gorgeous. I love your creativity.

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  39. SO SO BEAUTIFUL!
    I WANT TO MAKE ONE SIMILAR!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  40. Love the tablecloth and the topper. Sometimes mistakes are just happy accidents. In this case it turned out beautifully.

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  41. LOVE REDS! THESE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! THESE PHOTOS MAKE ME WANT TO MAKE ONE SIMILAR RIGHT NOW! THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT TUTORIAL AND ALL THE WORK THAT WENT INTO IT!
    HAPPY STITCHING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  42. I love the red and white, and the embroidery is super! Thanks.

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  43. There's something just so classic about red & white. The embroidery is beautiful.

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  44. Love it! Especially the "log cabin" pattern.
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  45. Great job. Red and white are my favs. Well okay maybe just red anything.

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  46. I absolutely love the table topper. I will be making one soon. Great tutorial. Thanks.

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  47. That is really lovely; thanks for the education! (marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  48. I just love this. Hearts are one of my all time favourites

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  49. Your embroidery is wonderful! Great job with this project, and thanks for sharing :)

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  50. I love a quilt that combines embroidery and quilting, and this one was extra nice. I also like the save you made on the block you oriented wrong.

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  51. I love your project and I especially love what you did with your "mistake"!!! The embroidery really adds to the charm of the tops.

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  52. LuAnn, these are beautiful -- thanks for showing them to us!

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  53. I love quilts with embroidery! This is so sweet!

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  54. All the details on that table topper is just stunning. WOW!

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  55. Love it, want to make it and another ruler I must have!

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  56. Very clever! The hexagon really frames the embroidery nicely.

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  57. Oh I soooooooo love this!
    Fabulous!

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  58. Red and White are my favorite- and two tutes to boot! Thank you!

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  59. Oh so beautiful! I'm headed over to your blog now....thanks for the great tutorial and lovely pictures, and thanks, too, for the chance to win!

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  60. Just gorgeous! Love the small piece as much as the whole pattern.

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  61. Love both the tablecloth and table mat...the redwork is so pretty! TFS
    ~Terry~

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  62. This is beautiful, thanks for the tut!

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  63. Love how you saved that "mistake" and made it even better.

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  64. Beautiful work LuAnn & great, clear easy to follow tutorial! I love Red & White, and am planning something for my MIL with red & white in mind right now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  65. Beautiful! The embroidery is gorgeous!

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  66. Love the hexy! The red work hearts are lovely too :-)

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  67. I love what you did with the leftover heart block! Both are wonderful! Your tutorial was great too. Thanks so much!

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  68. Great job making lemonade from lemons! Thanks for the tutorial, too!

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  69. Smart thinking on turning a problem into something beautiful. Great job!

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  70. Very clever! LOVE the embroidery.

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  71. I think that is gorgeous and I want one! Just need to find time between that and all the other sewing that needs to be done now.

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  72. Great table topper. Thanks for the instructions.

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  73. The next project on my long list is a red and white one...this was inspiring!

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  75. Great tutorial and love the colors!

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  76. I just love hexies and this is the perfect frame for your lovely redwork heart! Thanks for the great tute :)

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  77. Love both the table cloth and the beautiful mat.

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  78. The tablecloth is really nice. Very versatile for different holidays.

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  79. What a gorgeous table cloth Luann. Your work is wonderful and I love the embroidery so much.

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  80. Love both projects. I need to make the mat for mom's new house right away. Thanks for the tut.

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  81. This is super pretty! Love all the reds.

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  82. I love the table mat! The hexagon sets off the redwork so beautifully!

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  83. thanks for the great tute.
    Spring reminds me of fresh air and laundry hanging outside
    Pattiarb@hotmail.com

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  84. Loved both of your table toppers. Red and white is a favorite of mine as well. I love embroidery and I think it's great when two hobbies can be combined, it's super! Thanks for a great tutorial!

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. I really like this table runner. They are such a great way to practice piecing and quilting in a manageable site. And red is such a cheerful color. Thank you for the great directions!

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  86. Wow, the embroidery is such a beautiful addition! Thank you for the great tutorial!

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  87. Both of these designs are awesome. I really like the hexie table topper. Thanks for the lovely post at sewwequilt.

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  88. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

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  89. What a beautiful, creative way to save your not-on-point block. And then sharing it with us was delightful. Thank you!

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  90. Gorgeous rework! I loved the red and white quilt show, too. Very inspiring. (from afar :(.

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  91. Beautiful table runner, LuAnn! What a fun shape - nice change from squares or rectangles and I love the embroidery in the center.

    Thanks for your fantastic tutorial.

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  92. Hi I love the tutorial now I see what I can make with the template I bought like this so pretty I love red also Debbie Kelly
    http://somewhereinstitches.blogspot.com

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  93. LuAnn, it's wonderful to see the beautiful tablecloth and the great table runner. I love my scandinavian tablecloth and the pillow with the heart so much. It's gorgeous that we have the same tableclothes.
    Have a nice weekend and take care
    Roswitha

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  94. I love LuAnn's table topper. The shape is fabulous and handwork in the form of redwork is always a winner in my book! Great job, LuAnn.

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  95. Wow! I have that hexagon template but you've shown me some new uses for it. I had other things in mind, but you've expanded my ideas. I like the idea of "quilt as you go" I've done 2 quilts using this technique. So many ideas. . . . so little time!
    Rosemary Rivas
    nellieduclos@yahoo.com

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  96. Thanks for the tutorial, LuAnn. I left a comment on your blog.

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  97. What a great idea - really like how you used a Hexagon to keep the shape interesting.

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  98. LuAnn, this is really awesome! The tablecloth is beautiful, but I just love your inventiveness for salvaging this block! I love it! what a great tutorial!

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  99. I love the redwork and great tut thanks

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  100. Love your Table Mat! You always make such pretty things! I've never tried quilt as you go, and a small project like this looks like a good way to start.

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  101. Your tablecloth is beautiful. I love the colour scheme and the redwork. The tablemat is a great way to use single blocks. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  102. This is an excellent tutorial and the finished design is gorgeous, thank you!

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