Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Improv Patchwork {a tutorial}

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Happy Fabric Tuesday!  I'm guest blogging over at Stash Manicure today and showing how to make this table runner. 

I love patchwork and I love linen.  This table runner has both and the texture is really cool.   It has a utilitarian feel to it; it's made to be used.  It also happens to have some nearly priceless scraps in it... 


The quilting is simple, organic straight lines.  Sometimes I followed the patchwork seams and other times I just echoed other quilting lines.  It measures 48" x 12".


The best part?  I'm giving it away!  Just leave me a comment and I will announce the winner on Friday, January 14th.  Entries closed now. 

If you are dying for an extra entry just leave me a separate comment and let me know that you are a follower.  Of course I hope that you would follow me because I'm funny & creative and not just for the runner... but I won't blame you if you do ;)

193 comments:

H2Ogirl said...

I so need to try to work with linen. .this is lovely

Alison said...

Oh yes please. LOVE IT - just nipping over to the other blog where you are a guest, to check it out. Thank you for the chance. I haven't got the knack of quilting yet. All I can manage is stitch in the ditch - which I'm not even great at.... a skill to be learnt this year.
Regards,
Alison

Alison said...

And I'm a follower - just to be greedy and get that second chance. Let's face it. We all need a second chance now and again. Alison

A.J. Dub. said...

I love this runner! I'll have to zip over and check out the tutorial. It will be a great way to practice my binding... and quilting... and piecing. :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute design. Love the runner and will stop over at Stash to see your tutorial.

A.J. Dub. said...

And of course I follow you! After all, you are a creative Texan !

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

And I am already a follower :-)

randi said...

love it! you really added some great prints to it!

randi said...

i already follow you cuz i like you!

ktquilts said...

Wow!!! FMF!!! Thanks for the chance!!

Blessings,

KT

Staci said...

Using linen is on my Things to Try in 2011 list. In fact, I purchased a couple yards of natural linen last month. I like your runner a lot, and plan to sort through the scrap bin and see what kind of treasures I can find. Thanks!

ktquilts said...

I already follow!!

Nikki said...

Would love a chance to win! It's precious!

Nikki said...

And of course I already follow you!

Patty said...

What a darling tablerunner.

Patty said...

I am a follower, and now I'm off to Stash Manicure to read your post.

Rachel's Quilts said...

Beautiful table runner. Thanks for the giveaway.

Rachel's Quilts said...

I'm also a follower.Love your blog.

Amy said...

This is a cute table runner!

Angela D. said...

I love the combination of linen with the other fabrics. It is so pretty! Thanks for the opportunity.

Alisa said...

Must.Have.That.Table.Runner. Seriously, it's so very pretty. I too love linen and that fabric is wonderful with it. Thank you so much for the give-away chance.

Alisa said...

Well, of course I follow. Your work (and writing) is wonderful.

Angela D. said...

I'm a follower too! I've had your blog in my google reader for a while now - always like to see your projects.

Lee said...

now that is a table runner that would brighten any room. so cheery and these winter days.

Lee said...

oops forgot to mention that I am a follower of yours

felicity said...

Beautiful work as usual, Jennifer! Was this created in your brand new studio (of which I am v. jelly)? :)

felicity said...

i'm a follower, of course.

Nita said...

I would love to win something crafted by an awesome blogger such as yourself. Thank you

Needle in a haystack said...

I love this! I have recently discovered the beauty of linen and am now addicted :)

Needle in a haystack said...

I am now a follower!

Lee said...

Oh, oh, pick me! I missed out on FMF, so to have something made from it would make me very happy. : )

Lee said...

And of course, I'm a happy follower.

Miss 376 said...

What a delightful addition to any table

Hayley M said...

Wow the runner looks simple but so effective! Its lovely :)

gill said...

I love linen too and use it whenever possible!
Great runner

Hayley M said...

I'm also a follower :)

gill said...

I'm already a follower!

Alison said...

Hi Love the table runner, would go perfectly with my dining room. Thanks for the giveaway.

Alison said...

Hi again, love your blog, I'm a follower. Totally love the quilting without obligation posts.

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Luverly! And how generous! You are a clever duck.

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

And I'm a follower - rest assured I was before the giveaway!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your blog post over at Stash Manicure was great - thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm a follower!

Susanne said...

Hello, I found to you by Stash Manicure. It's a new way to build a block for me. Maybe I dare someday ;) Thanks for the tutorial.
Best wishes
Susanne

Leila said...

Love your guest post over at stash manicure! Of course I would love to win this pretty table runner! Thank you for sharing :-)

Susanne said...

Just started following you. Always love lots of inspiring quilting blogs :)
You have nice things in your store!
Best wishes
Susanne

Merete said...

I love this tablerunner and would love to have it to brighten up my livingroom :o)

Leila said...

I'm a follower

Merete said...

And I have been a follower for some time and love your work!

9patchnurse said...

Great post! I came from Stash Manicure. I just sewed with linen for the first time, and made a mug rug. Your runner is awesome. (I have always regretted not scooping up some Flea Market Fancy!)

9patchnurse said...

I am a new follower. Great blog, I can't wait to see more of it.

dooddles said...

You had me at polka dots! :o) This is such a fun runner... perfect for the winter doldrums.

dooddles said...

... and of course I am a follower :o)

Martina said...

Great tablerunner! Would be awesome to have it!Thanks so much for sharing the how to!

Martina said...

Found your blog through stash manicure! Love it and I am looking forward to follow you!

Cathy said...

Great tutorial. I love the block. I will follow you to see what you'll do next.

Bev C said...

Hello Jennifer,

Please if I am lucky enough to win this could you please donate it to the Queensland Flood Appeal Auction that is going on in Australia due to the devistating floods in Queensland.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Mama Spark said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Love the runner.

Janet said...

The runner is great! Love your process, and thanks for sharing it!

jfquilts@gmail.com

Janet said...

I'm a follower (and not just for the table runner!)

jfquilts@gmail.com

The Pink Fawn said...

I love all the FMF matched up with the linen!

Sarah said...

Love it! The linen works really well against the colours you've used. :-)

Sarah said...

Plus, I love your blog and am a follower!

Tiffany said...

I am already a follower! :D

Carla Edge said...

Love your design! I am a follower and all of your pictures and designs motivate me to start stash busting :-) Thanks for the inspiration and what a cute table topper :-)

Tiffany said...

Love the runner.

Thanks for the chance to win something homemade :D

Charlene S said...

My dear husband would love your method b/c it would remind him of the quilts his grandmother made in the 40's. Please enter me in the giveaway.

bobbie23nc said...

I'm going to try this and hope my results look half as good as yours. In the meantime it would be great to win a new tablerunner.

Lee Ann said...

This is a cute little quilt! Thanks for doing that tutorial at Stash Manicure. :-)

Lee Ann said...

PS I became a follower. :-)

Kelly O. said...

this was great! I can't wait to start sewing outside of the "box"!

Brenda said...

Hi: I saw your post over at Stash Manicure. fun tablerunner and I'd love to have it live at my house. thanks for the chance.

Brenda said...

I'm a new follower.

KatieQ said...

I'm already a follower. Your blog is on my iGoogle home page along with my other favorites so that when I wake up in the morning I can have a little sunshine with my tea.
Can you share the type of linen you use? I am working on an altar cloth for my daughter's college and will definitely have some linen left (I cut wrong even measuring multiple times).
Thanks for the lovely tutorial.

YankeeQuilter said...

I love your color choices...and the technique!

andie said...

Wonderful tutorial. Just read about it on stash manicure and popped over here to leave a comment. I have a plan to try this out with Sherbet Pips when they come out. I need a table runner for a new chest of drawers in my sewing room. The dresser is red. Thank you for a chance to win your fabulous table runner.

Tiffany Sherman said...

Awesome tutorial! Thanks for posting... I'm thinking a great way to use up some of my stash!

Tiffany Sherman said...

PS. I came here from Stash Manicure... can't wait to explore your blog!

Diane H said...

Thanks for this, suffering a bit of 'quilters block' at the moment and this looks like the perfect project to get the old juices flowing again.

Amanda said...

This is lovely!

Amanda said...

And of COURSE I'm a follower! :) Have been for some time now. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely little beauty.

jennifer said...

Found you through Stash manicure . Glad I found you. Nice name

jennifer said...

I just became a follower got to go read some more:) Pretty runner Thanks for the chance

Paula said...

Thanks for the give away. I've been meaning to make some table runners so will definitely be checking out your tutorial - and of course I'm a follower. I love your blog.

Brooke said...

Adorable runner! I really want to try using linen (I've only used a linen/cotton blend in the past).

Jodi said...

What a wonderful surprise, and thanks for that improv tute! I'm going to try it with all my scraps, if I can find some time, that is!

Brooke said...

I'm a new follower, but I've been reading your blog for quite a while now.

Donkaloosa said...

I love it! It'd be a great inspiration for me to try something new.

Megs said...

Beautiful! I've been working with a LOT of linen lately. Love the look.

Megs said...

And of course, I follow you!

Carol said...

Wow, I can't believe you are giving this away.

Carol said...

I have been following you for awhile now.

Lisa said...

What a lovely table runner! Thank you so much for the instructions.

Nancy said...

I too love patchwork and linen... would love a chance to give your table runner a new home..

sally said...

I've been following stash manicure for a while and everyday I check their blog and am uninspired by the fabrics. They just aren't my style but then I saw your post today. I love that fabric and I love how you did it. I need to develop the ability to do improv more often.

Nancy said...

I found you through Stash Manicure...and am now a follower...

Anonymous said...

how beautiful! i love the linen! thanks for the giveaway!

ashleymjones@live.com

Christy Ferguson said...

What kind of linen do you suggest using? 100% or a blend or both?:-)I love this idea and may need to go stash diving in a bit.

avalanden said...

I can't believe you're really giving this away. I've been dying to get my fabric lovin' hands on this collection. And don't worry, unlike the crazy quilter from your "You know" post (link: http://www.thatgirlthatquilt.com/2010/08/you-know.html)

I have no plans of cutting this up. I just want to display it on my wall :)

Victoria Paige said...

I'd love to win that. I've been missing quilting and fabric lately. That would be nice to display on my coffee table so I can have something crafty to look at while I'm taking care of Aubrielle (who has a cold :-/ ).

LT said...

I'm a follower - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

LT said...

I love the random fabric combinations that work so well, and the geometric quilting to go along. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Maxine said...

Just found out about your blog a few weeks ago..Love it...love the table runner....

Victoria Paige said...

I'm also a follower :)

Karen said...

What a great post on SM!! Would love to have this runner live at my house :).

Julie in WA said...

Stash Manicure is the best place for me to be introduced to blogs I have not yet visited! Thanks for a great tutorial. I am saving my scraps for just such a project! I really like the runner...I think the quilting is just perfect for the 'design'!

Lauren P said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway! I'll be visiting DFW this weekend!

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

This would be a great birthday gift ~ mine's on the 14th! THANKS for the chance!
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

I follow :)
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tiffany said...

Such a cute idea! Thanks for the great tutorial. This is going on my "to-do" list for sure!

Tiffany said...

Im a follower! :)

Jeane said...

I love your blog and visit often, now I am a follower.

Jeane said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I love how your table runner turned out and WOW you are giving this away! I would love to win this beauty.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Your right the linen and bright colors are marvelous together! I'll be sure to read how you made it on Stash Manicure! Thanks for the chance to win this!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

And I am a follower because you are interesting, creative and inspiring!!

EG said...

Oh yes please! I'd love your stash busting project

badlandsquilts said...

Super cute runner!

Poppyprint said...

Hi! LOVE your table runner and tute over on Stash Manicure. I am completely FMF deprived, so would totally be up for winning this sweet runner!

Poppyprint said...

Ok and now I'm following because I want to (win that table runner) and also see what else you're up to around here!

AMKreations said...

You're so sweet! Love it!

I gave you an award...feel free to stop by and see what it's all about!
http://amkreations.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html

Pat said...

Hi that girl, I have been following Stash for a while now and I love this new (to me0 way to make a table runner think I will try it. I usally follow a pattern when I quilt that i twik a little but this will be an easy way to make something quickly. thanks for the idea since I am not one of the people on all these blogs with talent.

Kim said...

Love Love Love that runner. I have yet to make a runner for myself, as I have small kids and it just doesn't seem to make sense, BUT...yours is just so darn pretty that I want it!!!

Pat said...

Oh, I forgot , I am now a follower of yours. Look forward to readig more.Use this email if you happen to choose me. rtoms317@yahoo.com

Kim said...

Oh, and I've been a follower for quite a while now. You are a great source of inspiration for me! Love your quilting without obligation philosophy, it's very freeing.

Cecilia said...

Your runner is very pretty. I wish I were that carefree and creative. I love to quilt and I hope that I will get to the point where I can just start sewing and see where it goes. Thanks for the giveaway.

epban said...

Would love to win your beautiful table runner, Jennifer! Thanks for a chance!

epban said...

I'm a follower, too!

QuiltyGirl said...

OMG, how the heck did I miss your blog all of this time?!? I love the tablerunner! I'd like to try piecing with some linen this year! :)

QuiltyGirl said...

I'm also a follower! :)

Beeshebags said...

Saw this over at Stash Manicure, and of course had to come over and check everything else out on your blog too! I'd love to be the lucky new owner of your improv work! Hugs Naomi

Beeshebags said...

Oh I forgot to mention I became a follower while I was here! Hugs Naomi

LindaSchiffer said...

What a pretty thing to be giving away! How sweet of you. :)

I subscribe to your blog's feed (have for some time) but I guess that is not the same as being a follower?

:) Linda

Colleen said...

What a lovely runner and super tutorial! I am already a follower!

Barbara said...

I am a follower

Barbara said...

thanks for being a part of Stash Manicure - I just love your piecing philosophy !

Marcia W. said...

I popped over here from Stash Manicure to say "Thank you for the tutorial on improvisational piecing". This is a pretty runner so please enter me into your drawing.

Beverly said...

I always love the things you make and your willingness to share them. This is no exception. Thanks for all you do and for just being you. =)

Beverly said...

And, of course I'm a follower!

martinmosaics said...

I just found your blog and feel like I have found an old friend. You are so real...nothing fake...just a gal that shares who she is and the gifts she's been given. I am excited to do the improv patchwork. I have always wanted to do this, but didn't know it had a name. And you have given me the courage to just sit down and try it. So what if it's not perfect. That is my problem...my perfectionism. I've recently just realized that I'm just shorting myself by not trying things that come into my head. I also just read the first half of your Quilting without Obligation blogs. You have touched my heart deeply. Wow, I'm kinda speechless... I am really excited I was led to your blog. I will certainly be coming back! Thank you for sharing who you were made to be with others of us.

Jen said...

I love it! THanks for the giveaway!

Jen said...

I'm a follower!

The Quilting Pirate said...

Your rock! I've been following all week :) And I love Stash Manicure, so it was a pleasant surprise to see you over there today!

Lovely runner, I could always use another one ;) Thanks for the tutorial as well!

Beth said...

Oh my, yes please! I'm going to read the tutorial and add it to my "To Do" list, but winning your beautifully completed version would be a real treat.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

TJM wanna be quilt artist said...

Love it thanks...pick me :-)

Beth said...

I'm a very happy Google follower!

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

Love your tutorial and I am going to try it.....Will post when I do.

Shannon Margaret
shannon . margaret . brott AT gmail (dot) com

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

I am a google follower.... :)

Jennadesigns said...

Very beautiful - love the mix of quilting cotton and linen. I have a couple table runner projects in mind for my home... it's finding the time that is the issue! :) Yours is just lovely!

Kati said...

Love that! It's so cute. I'm becoming a big fan of linen lately.

Kati said...

I'm a follower.

Kristin said...

I just recently found your blog. I love it. The linen and cotton fabric looks great together. Where do you get your linen? I can't seem to find nice linen where I live.

Kristin said...

I'm a follower!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Love the runner. Can you believe I don't own a single FMF print?!

Bridgette Lewis said...

I love it.....you are an inspiration .......I want to start my own blog and dream of one day opening my own quilt shop....for now teaching kindergarten pays college tuition for my daughter.

Bridgette Lewis said...

I also follow your blog and it is wonderful. Keep it up

Nathalie said...

saw this on stash manicure first since I was reading my blogs in alphabetical order. It was fun reading your blog(s) twice.

Ann said...

What a fabulous runner! I know just where I would put it. Add my name to the list.

Cindy Anderson said...

I love your table runner. The flea market fancy is great.

Sew I Was Thinking... said...

I love the table runner. I really hope I win! Thanks for the chance

Sew I Was Thinking... said...

And I am also a follower and you are funny. Thanks.

Carolyn said...

Super cool! How fun that would be to own! ...feeling lucky, feeling lucky, feeling lucky!

Carolyn said...

P.S. I was a follower even before the giveaway! ...still feeling lucky.

Rachael said...

omw this is so lovely im seriously in love

Meghan said...

Oh my what a beautiful runner! I can't believe you are letting it leave your home it is so pretty!

free indeed said...

I love the look of fabric and linen but haven't tried working with it myself yet. I like the bright clear scraps you used. THanks for the chance.

free indeed said...

I'm a follower

...julia... said...

I love it! I want it! I've got to have it!

...julia... said...

PS I am a follower :o)

VickiT said...

What a great tutorial and fabulous looking project. I'd love to win this and give it a good home.

vburr at charter dot net

Carol said...

I really like your blog and the quilt is really cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol said...

I am a follower and so glad that I found you at Pleasnt Home.

WandaFish said...

Love the tute and this runner! I'm a big fan of linen and would be thrilled to gain inspiration looking at this daily on my new furniture :)
Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway.

WandaFish said...

I've been following your every move from little ol' England for quite a while now!

Chelley said...

I love this! It would be so cute in my house!

Krista said...

This is so freeing! I love the idea of just sewing without any rules. Thanks for the tutorial.

Bea Lippott said...

Oh I would love to win that. It's so pretty, very nice reading your blog today.

Marie said...

Found you over at Stash Manicure, so glad I did. Another blog to add to my favorites!

sbcmom said...

Just found your blog and am just starting to venture into working without patterns. Would love to win!! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial and for the giveaway!!!

awamom at yahoo dot com

Wendy said...

This is a lovely table runner. Thank you for the chance to win.

Wendy said...

I am already a follower of your blog.

Yvonne said...

I love this table runner. Hope to win.

Yvonne said...

I became follower.

Shirley said...

I so enjoy visiting your blog and would really love to win your fabulous table runner. I'm going to try using linen in my next one, too. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway.

OhioLori said...

THIS is AWESOME idea!!! Would LOVE to win your table runner!! BEAUTIFUL!!

Just found your Blog today!! Definately will become a regular visitor too! Thanks so much for chance to win! :)

Hugs!
Lori :)

Alexandra said...

This is so pretty!!

Alexandra said...

I'm a follower! :)

joycem said...

Very pretty. I love orange and blue.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog today and I love it! Put me in the drawing for the runner please. :)
~Cori Hatfield

Anonymous said...

I'm now a follower. :)
Cori Hatfield

natalie christensen said...

I am a follower!

natalie christensen said...

Love flea market fancy runner! So amazing. Great fun colors too.

Teresa said...

One comment among hundreds but it was interesting to read.

Anonymous said...

I am so into table runners right now, this is so pretty!
mommyinvt@yahoo.com

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