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FREE Picnic Napkin Pattern

Towerhouse Quilts Picnicl NapkinThis is a great summer project from the brains of Sheila Sinclair Snyder and I: quick, easy, fun. So you won’t have to spend too much time indoors to get it done. And it doesn’t use much fabric so you can grab what you need from your stash. With just a couple of fat quarters plus a little extra for the pocket and tie, you will be on your way to making this cool napkin pattern. Get crazy with this because, after all, it is a napkin. Actually the more colorful and vibrant the prints, the less you will see the chocolate, red wine, and olive oil stains! Oops. Guess you know what I’ve been eating! So click on the free pattern download and make one today!

Picnic Napkin Pattern

And head over to Sheila’s blog and see which napkins she made! Happy quilting!PUrple Thang

And if you need the Purple Thang I talk about in the pattern instructions, you can find it at one of your local quilt shops, or buy it now by clicking on the link below which will take you to

That Purple Thang

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Free Pattern Download – Summer Star


It’s that time of the month again! NO, NO, NO….not THAT! It’s the time when Sheila and I put out another free pattern for your sewing pleasure. Silly people….what where you thinking?

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This table runner is a quick one. Measuring in at 28″ x 42″ with large pieces, it goes together FAST. Both Sheila and I were able to use stash fabric for this one. So dive into your stash and see what you come up with….that’s part of the challenge of it all. Well, that and you get a really neat table runner out of it as well.

Ladies (and gents?)….start your engines! Click on the link below to download the PDF version.

Summer Star Table Runner

Happy quiltling!

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Barber Pole Table Runner Completed!

I I finished it! And other than the fact that I didn’t make a bias binding, and it drove me nuts going around the inside “crevices,” I think it turned out pretty well. Steam is our friend, ladies!

Let that be a lesson. When I made the binding, using my very cool binding-making tool (click on link below image to purchase one!), I cut the strips on the straight of grain to make the binding. This was WRONG! I should have cut the strips on the bias and that would have made it easier. Duh. Up to this point I haven’t done a lot of bias bindings because I’m usually doing straight edge type of work. When I first started sewing I made all my bindings on the bias, but then quickly when to the straight edge type because they were easier to cut out. But now that I’m getting into different projects, I will now remember to use a bias binding instead. Can I just say “Duh!” again?

Bias tape maker

Clover Fusible Bias 1/2-Inch Tape Maker, 1 EA

The good news is that the table runner turned out fun, and it’s even reversible as you can see from the photos. It’s pretty whimsical because I chose dot fabrics (I’ve decided this is my new trademark!) and to only put pom-poms on the outside points and along the edge. Another intended design element, you say? Nope. Another mistake! I only purchased 4 yards of pom-poms and it wasn’t quite enough. But out of this “mistake” came a different interpretation and I love it! So chalk one up to the design mistake gods!

I will definitely make this table runner again because I love the way the strips are sewn together. If I’m in a hurry, I might just cut off the points and make the piece a rectangle….a traditional barber pole design….and a lot easier to bind!

Download the free pattern now! Really, it is pretty fun!

Happy quilting!