Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A bit of blessed sunshine today and I can show you the table runner I made from the oops squares left over from the girls quilts. What? You've never heard of oops squares? :>) Remember, I am a pretty good seamstress but this was my first time making quilt squares. Real pieced quilt squares. So I had a few that weren't square at all. I was able to salvage them by cutting them down in size and by not expecting perfection. I let myself off that hook.  And I love the runner. It is bright and cheerful even if it isn't in the colors I usually sew with. Can you believe there is no red? That's next on my project list, a quilt and maybe a runner that better matches my dining room.
I sent the girls quilts out to the quilter Saturday, I am so excited to get them finished and in their hands.  It should be 3-4 weeks and I can't wait to get them back so I can bind them. It has been a long process, and the girls have been so patient! The runner gives them an idea of what their quilts will look like:>)
Can you see the little bit of green outside? It is supposed to be in the 40's this weekend (oh happy day!) I suppose winter will return eventually but these little warm ups and sunshine sure make it easier to endure. 


  1. What a great idea! Oh, do I have oops squares - table runners, here I come. I'm thinking about making some up for Christmas gifts for next year. My girls would love them and so would some of my friends. You've just inspired me. Again!!! ~Adrienne~

  2. everything is always so PRETTY here ...

    hey girl, how do you get your posts to hit the side bars so quickly ... mine always take almost an hour ...I've done everything they say to do

  3. You managed to make it look like springtime! Beautiful photos--so cheerful. I love your runner, Kathy!

  4. If I were to attempt to quilt I would only have oops squares. However, I enjoy it by way of observing others....The colors and pattern in this look great!

    Becky K.

  5. Ahhh... Very pretty! And the light coming in from the window is perfect for it. Beautiful pictures.

  6. Hi Kathy,

    What a lovely table runner! Love the colors! Yes, I agree about new beginnings in Jan. It's so gray and cold, and they want us to exercise? LOL!


  7. So pretty. Makes me think Spring thoughts. I love the colors.

  8. The 'Oops Runner' is gorgeous! ;-) I love all of the spring colors, so cheerful!! I am excited for you about the finished quilts!!

    We had sun on Sunday and we went for a ride. It was so beautiful and much needed. The temps are going back down and we are supposed to have freezing rain...oh well. You just have to keep on dancing!


  9. How clever to use the oops square for a pretty table runner! laurie

  10. OOps squares....I love it! :-)

    Kathy now I want to make a quilt.....
    But maybe I should concentrate on a table runner....that is a project more possible to start and finish right now! I should have my amish friends do my quilt!
    I can't wait to see the girls quilts all finished!
    I did not know you could send them to someone to quilt them for you! How awesome!

    Enjoying the sunshine up here too!
    Hugz, Dolly

  11. I often use my "oops" squares on the back of a quilt. I love the colors in yours. I'm glad that you'r egooing to be joining me for white Wednesdays.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  12. Love, Love your oops runner. It's so pretty, springy and a real day brightner! It would make any table so much prettier! Sewing/quilting looks so hard. I'll just look at your pretties and dream.
    Deb :)

  13. Love the new header!! The quilt is beautiful, it doesn't look like an oops to me. The daisies make the shot.

  14. Oh how beautiful and cheerful! I love the colors you used...



  15. Beautiful photographs Kathy, I love it in your header too. your quilts are lovely, and I like the fresh reminds me of Spring.

  16. I have heard of oops paint, but not oops fabric! What a great way to save the little boo boos and make something beautiful!

    We have had a few days of 50's and sunny, but today it started to rain....

  17. What a wonderful looking Oops Runner such gorgeous colours.
    Makes your new banner look fabulous, all that sunshine too

  18. You're talented and creative. Most people would just toss the oops squares.

    The runner is lovely!

  19. Hi Kathy.
    Your table runner is precious!
    You must be so excited to receive your daughters quilts back from the quilter!
    Mine turned out a little bit smaller than planned, but that is ok. It will be a throw for the couch. :o) I found a quilter too, so hopefully will have it done in the next few weeks as well.
    I can't wait to see your quilts!
    Have a wonderful day.

  20. I know exactly what you mean about oops squares! I had to add to my first quilt because I kept trimming the squares down to be sure they were square, and then it looked too small. ::Jill

  21. KATHY!!! I LOVE this post!! My gosh, it looks so bright and sunny and SPRING like!!!! And the runner you made is to die for! Oh those happy colors!!!! I LOVE it!! You did an amazing job! Do you really think it will get in the 40's this weekend?? Oh please let it be, lol!!

  22. Beautiful and the daisies are most refreshing!

    Warm wishes,


  23. It is beautiful.
    Did you quilt it by hand or on the machine?

  24. The little bit's of quilt is beautiful. I so wish I had time to get into my crafty space. It's been so long since I've had time to sit and sew. I'm so jealous.

    Your photo's are so calming. I love the delicate colors and the daisies! Well, they are simply my favorite!

    Have a Happy Weekend! Perhaps I can get some sewing in this weekend. A storm is due tonight. Perfect sewing weather!

  25. What a beautiful and cheery runner! I bet the quilts you created are beautiful..

  26. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful runner. Love the colors you used. Mimi

  27. Love the ooops runner and can't wait to see the finished quilts...Your girls are going to be delighted.

  28. Love the colors in the runner...I would not have wasted anything....make it work I say!! :)
    It's beautiful as well as your photo...ahhhh...makes me smile with happiness! PLease share photos of the quilt when you get them back!

  29. O my...Kathy girl...this is just beautiful. I love the runner.
    I can't wait to see the finished quilts ...
    Everything you do is so pretty.
    xo bj

  30. I love your colors in the quilt...very happy!!!! I need to pull one of mine out and throw it over the kitchen table...thanks for the reminder. That always brightens things up and suggests spring might be around the corner.
    Love your visits...xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...


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