Blossoms Table Runner at Sew We Quilt and a Giveaway

Tomorrow (well, really today) I’ll be guest blogging at Sew We Quilt.  The wonderful Madame Samm is hosting a month of table runners and I will be sharing my Blossom Runner pattern, which is loosely based on my quilt pattern of the same name…

The runner was originally designed to use two stack of 40 (10”) squares (or a layer cake). I used lovely Ruby, by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

So hop on over to Sew We Quilt and join the fun!

Then come back here and enter my giveway.  Did I mention that you only need 19 (10”) squares to make this runner, so with my layer cake I made two!  I’m giving away the other runner top.  Yes, you will have to quilt it yourself, but I have some neat quilting ideas posted over at Madame Samm’s and it will be a really quick project!

While I was marking my runner for quilting, I encountered some really stubborn marks from my washable blue fabric pen.  They just didn’t want to come out all the way.  I was eventually successful (got to love vinegar!) but it led me to wonder about other methods for marking a quilt.

So, to enter to win this giveaway leave a comment on this post telling me what method you prefer to use when marking a project.  If you prefer not to mark a project, tell me your favorite filling pattern.  No, you dont’ have to have mastered it – it can just be a fun pattern you’ve seen.  (I’d love it if you would become a follower is you aren’t already.)  Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you should you win.

The deadline to enter is Friday night and I’ll post the winner on Saturday.  Also on Saturday, I’ll be back with my final installment of my Easter Egg Table Topper.

Thanks again to Madame Samm for hosting her great blog. Happy sewing!
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87 thoughts on “Blossoms Table Runner at Sew We Quilt and a Giveaway

  1. I'm new at quilting, so I don't have a preferred method, I'm not really good yet either. I just go for swirls or whatever I can do.

  2. Will probably use a quilting marking pen, or pencil to mark my quilts once I get to that point. Am doing quite a bit of echo quilting sewing lines, which are straight, at the moment. Don't really look forward to quilting my tops! Have not mastered machine quilting yet, and am doing it by hand mostly. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I'm new to quilting and I dont have a method. I prefer straight lines. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I use the frixion pens but with great care as if you don't quilt right over the top you can see a slight white line on darker fabrics, they are fantastic for stitchery marking though :O) and I'm doing FMQ squiggles atm so don't need marking :O)

  5. First, I want to say I adore your patterns and fabric! I've not seen anything of yours that isn't lovely. Your colors are always wonderful and the designs and patterns full of fun.
    That being said, my dining table is calling out to have your cutie patootie runner live on it this spring. :)))
    I don't mark my quilting designs. I just shoot from the hip with whatever design feels right for the quilt. But on the same token I sew quilts that are what I like to call light, airy and free spirited and can be quilted with loops, spirals, hearts, stipple etc.
    Hope you have a great rest of the week!

  6. When marking a project I have mechanical pencils with lead on it that you use for fabric – I also have used the fabric markers that are supposed to iron out. It is tough to get the lines all the way out though – you can still sometimes see them :S

  7. I've only been quilting a few months. So far I've just been using the blue fabric marker. Guess I'll be looking for a new method. I love your runner. It's so beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway! I'm already a follower. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Fabulous runner! I love the colours!
    I've recently started using Frixion pens with no problems so far!

  9. I use a fabric pencil – I am new to quilting though !
    Lovely runner ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Oh I just love this table runner….I use the same marking that I have always used. I use a silver pencil for all my marking…let me see if I can find one with the name….it is by Sanford – Verithin #753 metallic silver and I buy them by the box..every no and again I may use chalk but very raely since the pencil line is so thin that I nver have a problem with the thread covering it up unless I don't follow the line…I am a follwer of your blog and you are very helpful to us quilters…thanks

  11. For marking, it depends on the quilt. Sometimes I use a fabric marker, sometimes a fabric pencil or soapstone pencil. I do a lot of stitching in the ditch lately, so no marking needed. My favorite is an all over swirl or loop, which I free hand without marking.

  12. I use the frixion pens now. I use to use a blue marker that was suppose to wash did come out but as soon as it dried it was back again, and it had run and left a water mark. Love the frixion pens so much easier…just be careful on dark fabrics – especially red, it leaves a white mark. Linda

  13. What a wonderful runner! Thanks for the chance to win! I mark with a variety depending on the project. I use a white mechanical pencil, chalk, and the blue wash-out marker.

  14. I am a marker junkie: so either white Sewline or Bohin which has 8 other chalk colours then there is the good old blue. Now qyulting designs: echo quilt, feather, circular but the all over squiggly one (don't cross those lines) Thanks Amanda for the table runnercan't wait to squiggle or perhaps echo. Keep designing just love them. Susan

  15. Great tutorial, Amanda! Thanks. I'd love to have your topper top! I have black and white chalk-like pencils that I like to use for marking. Often, I can just brush it off. They're not marketed as quilting pencils. You can get them in an art supplies section.

  16. I usually do straight lines – but I need to branch out! thanks!

  17. Every time I go to mark a piece of fabric….it becomes an issue for me. I actually find it quite annoying. I must have 10 different things to use….and yet 90% of the time I have to use something with a chalk base. You do have to rinse that out….and it doesn't always come out so easily either. I wish I had the brains to discover something PERFECT…..and then I could make enough money to buy all the fabric in the world. haha.

  18. I am afraid to quilt any of my projects. If I make a small project I stitch in the ditch but otherwise I have a wonderful lady near me who does the stitching on my big projects so I don't have a preferred method for marking but when drawing lines for triangles I use a lead pencil with a soft lead in it.

  19. I love the Blossoms pattern! This would look great on the dresser in my sister's bedroom after I make her the blossoms quilt too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. I use a blue fabric marking pencil but don't recall having problems getting it out of the fabric. And I wish wish wish I knew how to do a quilting pattern on a quilt. I'm almost finished with a quilt for my daughter and really don't know how to stipple or fill with a pattern. I think I need lessons! I love your table runner and would love to win it!

  21. Since I am new to quilting I am trying to figure out the best way to mark quilts,. But getting some great ideas from all the wonderful blogs I follow (like yours).

  22. Hi Amanda,
    Beautiful table runner!!! I have been using the Frixion pins lately and have had good success with the lines disappearing when I hit them with an iron. Sometimes on a flower type shape I will cut the pattern from freezer paper, iron or pin it to my top and then quilt around the pattern (this idea came from the book Mary Mashuta – Foolproof Machine Quilting).

  23. I would love to win you pretty runner! The colors are sew springlike. The tut on Madame Samm's will definitely be helpful.
    I'm still a wantobe (I just finished my first quilt). I don't know much about fill patterns (my first I just did stitch in the ditch and no fill)

  24. I am a hand quilter and only have done stitch i the ditch but am learning new techniques. When I do mark a quilt I use a pencil. Love the new pattern!

  25. Love the runner! I use painter's tape or 1/4" tape to mark straight line quilting and have been using the Frixion pens lately. Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Awesome table runner thanks for sharing!

  27. I love your Table Runner. Beautiful! I have been using the air erasing pens, but sometimes they don't last as long as I need. I am going to try the water soluble pen as you did. I saw someone spray the area with water and let dry. I am still learning free motion, so just use a small stipple or loops for fill in pattern. Thanks for opportunity.

  28. Very pretty table runner. I usually don't mark my projects but use a sewline pencil if I do.

  29. I have used the blue marker, too, and just had the same problem as you. I, too, am reading the comments to find a new tool to try! The runner is just beautiful!

  30. I love my bgreen frixon iron erasable pen. It has definitely changed my life for the better. No more remakrking or messy chalky powder!

  31. Love the Frixion pens they are the coolest! The runner is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. My preferred method is not to do it – free hand quilting and I do not jive. Last time I did quilt a runner, I started at one interesection and sewed "a wave" all the way across and just kept repeating. Much easier to sew a wave than try to do a stitch in the ditch or straight line. Soctt Murkin taught us that in a class. Love this opportunity and thank you. Judy C

  33. Whoo hooo! You hit a grand slam over at Sew We Quilt! Ya know I follow you, and I love your designs and tutorials…check out my blog today where I show my progress on your Easter table topper – slow but steady. LOL I'd love to give that beautiful runner a new home.
    I use pencil to mark, but I don't mark much. I am learning a lot from the comments, and may try something new soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. I use a Frixon pen. The ink disappears when heat is applied. Sometimes you can still see a faint white line after ironing but it goes away with washing. Or I will use a chalk pencil but those seem to rub off and might be gone when I get to that part of sewing.

  35. working at getting better at free motion quilting. doing lots of free form work without marking. when i do i use chalk pens or blue pens. going to look into the frixion pens tho.

  36. I've only ever quilted one thing, a lap quilt. I just did straight lines across and up and down. I didn't measure the distance between them and make sure it was even. I just did it. LOL
    I do have a project going right now that I'm not sure how I'm going to quilt it. I think I'm going to try some echo around the blocks and maybe some feathers in the border.

  37. I use my Hera marker, Crayola washable markers and recently I tried quilting using a paper printout. Really love your topper. Thanks for this.

  38. I really like the Frixion pens but have recently discovered some of the Kona solids hold an odd mark after ironing away the mark. I need to do some more investigating with them. I did some lab work on them before and the mark always washed away so I need to ensure this is the case with the Konas. Thanks for offering up a great runner.

  39. Amanda I loved your Blossom Quilt as soon as you showed us and of course, this runner is just as beautiful. Of course, you know I love everything you have done. Thank you very much for the wonderful table runner tutorial and template.

    As far as marking, I've been using the Fons & Porter Mechanical Fabric Pencil which has a ceramic lead.
    I bought one pencil with white lead and then bought the dark lead refills figuring I could just switch out the lead depending on what I'm marking. I've since realized that to save time and to avoid possibly breaking the lead while switching to the other color that I just need to buy another pencil. Buying from JoAnn's though I utilitzed my 50% off coupon and got mine at a great price and then used the 40% coupon I also had that day and bought the refill so for both those with my savings I spent less than I would have in just buying the pencil itself without a coupon. I like the ceramic lead because it erases really well from my experience so far. I've always had the worst time using those water or air erasable markers. They dry out so quickly that it's a waste of my money.

    Thank you again Amanda.

  40. Gorgeous topper! I have also used the blue wash-a-way markers. Lately, I have been using the Frixion pens and haven't yet experienced any problems.

  41. I love your beautiful table runner! I am a new quilter so havent done to many quilting projects, but do sew other things as well. When I mark projects I usually use the blue pen that washes out in water. Sometimes I use the colored marking pencils. I am a following of your blog

  42. I am a beginner quilter, so just straight lines following the outline of the blocks is my method. I need lots of practice to do the fancy stitching, but I want to learn. Your table runners are just so pretty.
    I follow your blog!

  43. Great tutorial Amanda. I've been looking for a quick pattern to make a table topper for my quilt guild's silent auction and I think this would be perfect! Thanks a bunch.

  44. I've done very little quilting, but I would prefer to learn not marking a fabric…..grin.

  45. at the moment, I am trying non pattern quilting. Modern quilting seems to use many straight lines. I don't make them straight but the are relatively parallel.

  46. I like swirls and loops as fillers but it depends on the quilt top pattern, sometimes stippling does the job.

  47. I don't like to mark my quilts for quilting, but prefer to fill with paisley-ish designs or pointed swirls. One thing I like to do, is to pick a fabric from the project and come up with a filler that reflects the pattern on the fabric. I think it helps tie it all together. Thank you for giving away your runner! It's so pretty!

  48. I have always used the blue washable markers but recently bought one of those mechanical pencil marking pencils with white "lead". I haven't used it yet so we will have to see how it works.

  49. I am rather new to quilt marking, but so far have used the washable blue marking pen. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and the chance to win your giveaway.


  50. Did you just dab or spray the stubborn blue marker with vinegar? Ive used the blue marker, but there are always a couple of places that need repeated spraying. I've had good luck with pencil not showing after its quilted. The problem is pencils don't show up on most fabric.

  51. Oh, Amanda, I am always worried about those fabric pens. I like the Miracle Chalk. The line isn't quite as fine as I would imagine a pen makes, but it erases beautifully and if you mark incorrectly you can run an iron over it and then try again.

    I am just getting ready to machine quilt for the first time. I'm going to keep it simple in the beginning, but look forward to doing some "pebble" quilting. I love that look!

  52. What a great project, Amanda! I spy what looks like the leaves free-motion quilting that we practiced on SewCalGal's challenge in January. I really want to learn and get good at stippling FMQ, and ALL the other patterns, too! Thanks for a great post and giveaway. ๐Ÿ™‚ Kd

  53. I have some great pencils I just bought that wipe off with a moist cloth. They are sort of like grease pencils – sometimes you have to be a little persistent but they do come off fairly easily.

  54. What a beautiful runner! I use freezer paper punctured in my sewing machine, then use Miracle Chalk to pounce the design which can then be removed with a hot iron. I also like contact paper as an outline. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  55. I've used quilting pencils

  56. love this runner … thanx for the great tutorial! i use a chalk pencil for marking.

  57. I really like the white Clover pens. When you are done, just use a touch of steam, and the marks are gone. I use chalk on the white fabrics. Most of it just brushes off when I'm done. What a cute topper.

  58. I have made inkjet copies and pinned them to my quilt and then quilted along the lines. Thanks for the giveaway of such a cute tablerunner!

  59. I haven't done a ton of marking but I like chalk and will sometimes use tailor's tacks (from my way back when design days at university!) too. I love this table runner – it's so beautiful! Just the thing for an Easter table ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. I was loving the Frixon pens but have recently discovered that they remove color/dye from the RIGHT side of the fabric! So be sure to test on a scrap first or only mark on the wrong side.

    I use chalk and I have some berol karismacolor pencils that I have used. The pencils are no longer sold in the US, I found some in an art store in Paris. I only bought two and now regret that decision!

  61. I use this marker that dissapears when you iron it. I love it!
    Can't tell you what it's called tho.

  62. Sweet table runner! I handstitch and use 1/4" paint tape for straight lines, works perfectly. Otherwise I have used chalk, pencil or markers that disappear after a short time. Thanks for the chance!!

  63. I haven't done much FMQ – so no marking for me yet… I did fill in with kind of an alternating "radiator" pattern on one quilt – that was fun… but I really like leaves and tight stipples. just have not tried them yet.

  64. I have had excellent luck with Frixion pens….just don't forget that they disappear with heat!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win…excited…great colors!

  65. I've not done a lot of quilting yet, but a lot of sewing garments and I use either chalk or the blue pens; it just depends on what I'm sewing and which will show up best.

  66. If I have to mark a design I use a chalk pencil. If I'm doing straight lines I use a painters tape. Most of the time I just use free motion and don't mark at all.

  67. Hi Amanda. This is a beautiful table runner. I use a pencil to mark my fabrics. I hate to admit it, but I've not attempted to quilt anything on my machine yet. Hopefully, I'll muster up the courage soon. Thanks for the terrific giveaway.

  68. I use Golden Threads paper a lot , or General's Charcoal pencils with a light touch. They can be found in the art supply section of Micheals.
    The runner is a beauty.

  69. I only quilt straight lines, so I go for good old painter's masking tape. Sticky, but not too sticky. Perfect! I second your thoughts on vinegar, though. Amazing what it can do, right?

  70. Marking is always the part of quilting I really dont like. I have tried many things over the years. Right now I am using a chalk pencil that comes with several colors of chalk that go in like a mechanical pencil and it seems to work well.
    Love the tablerummer!! hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. I like the Frixon pens. Thank you for the chance of your beautiful runner. Just became a follower!

  72. I LOVE THIS TABLE RUNNER!!! The design . . . the fabric . . . EVERYTHING!!! It's soooo adorable!!! And the quilt is, too! I think I'm going to have to put that on my wish list! ๐Ÿ™‚ Since I'm fairly new to quilting I've only machine quilted one of my quilts and it was a simple meandering so I didn't have to mark anything. That stinks about having trouble with the blue not coming out! I thought that's what it was made to do! Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  74. Well, I have only ever tried 2 things, and I'd love to find a different method as well, so I'm loving your comments! Great advice here! I have used chalk (on dark fabric) and pencil (on light fabric) a very LIGHT pencil line that is! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!!!!!!

  75. Love the runner! I really like just wavy lines with a walking foot!

  76. I have generally quilted "in the ditch" as I hand quilt. I do not know how to quilt on a machine!

  77. I usually use a marking pencil or tailor's chalk at the moment.. I was keen to try the frixion pens, but after having read a few reviews I think I might just stick with my chalk/pencil!

  78. Lovely runner. Perfect for spring. Thank you for offering it up to giveaway. I haven't done a ton of actual quilting yet but I love all things swirly. I'm sure that will end up being my typical design.

  79. I love to piece but am not an experienced machine quilter – I usually try to echo the pattern ( or have someone else do my larger quilts on long-arm…). I just got a surround/table thing for my Pfaff so I am going to be brave and work on it some more!

  80. I fmq most of my projects but if marking is needed I use a super fine and light pencil. Frixion pens are supposed to work great but I wonder if the ink would come back. Blue pens sometimes come back too..tough to find what is right

  81. Great table runner! I like using a tear drop filler pattern. I have also tried using Golden Threads paper to quilt a motif and it worked pretty well! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  82. Very pretty table runner. I send all my quilts out to a quilter, so don't have a preferred method for marking.

  83. Since I am a beginner quilter, I haven't reached the step of quilting yet. I am attracted to the "curlicue" or variations of "loop-d-loop" fillers. I like simple designs that overwhelm or distract from the other quilt elements.

  84. Most of my quilts are done by hand. I usually do simple quilting, and mark with an air
    soluable pen. I have been wanting
    to try the frixon pens, but have
    not done that yet. Your table
    runner is beautiful! Thanks for
    the chance to win!

  85. I'm new to quilting, so haven't braved FMQ or anything other than straight lines in varying patterns – in the ditch, echoing, etc.
    As for pens though, I have a Sewline which is alright, but I've heard great things about the frixon pen, so maybe I'll try that!

  86. I love the shape of this table runner it makes it very femine, I usually take inspiration from the quilt I am making ie floral I try to replicate the design and continue it around my quilt, thak you for sharing you unique designs take care Nicole

  87. I am beginner and my quilting is quite basic. I just do strait lines well. But want to get better at it and practice makes perfect.

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