November 12, 2014

Quilted Living Book

Have you ever seen a copy of the book "Quilted Living".  The book is filled to the brim with so many inspiring projects!  You will have a hard time deciding which project you want to do first!  Mix and match design elements of more than one quilt to create an entirely different look for a new project!


There are 10 designs inside the book and after a bit of deciding and undeciding,  I chose "Liberty".  There was a quilt and a tablerunner made from the design and I chose to create the tablerunner.  I modified it a little in order to fussy cut the fabrics for the inner light colored strips.  I wanted to showcase the farm animals in the print so I cut the strips 4" instead of 2".  I also continued the border to the ends so it wrapped the entire tablerunner.

As you can see the model in the book is made from red/white and blue fabrics.  My first initial thought was to stay with the patriotic theme but my kitchen decor is pigs and apples with black appliances so I knew I wanted to  choose fabrics that would compliment my breakfast area.  I wanted to be able to use the runner year round.


My husband and I collect pottery from the Western part of North Carolina and some parts of GA, SC  and AL.  When I was getting ready to make the photos I decided to show off a few pieces of our pottery with the tablerunner.  A few extra quilted pieces never hurts anything either, right.

First up to adorn the runner, allow me to show off a couple of our many pigs we have collected over the years.  Albert Hodge's swirl pig and David Bellar's round belly pig.  The teapots in the display are also all by David Bellar.  Last, but certainly not least, is Charlie Lisk's red pig in the chair, one of our favorites!


This is actually how we will use the tablerunner. The water pitcher is by Kim Ellington and the pasta bowl and mini dressing pitcher are by Sylvia Harrison. The tablerunner is a perfect backdrop for these pottery pieces!  These pottery pieces have sat on the table for quite a long while and now they have a gorgeous runner to add a softness to all the hardscape.


I free hand quilted the runner with square spiral, ribbon candy, cross hatching and meandering.  All of this was done free form so when you look closely, you will see nothing is really even. And rightly so, when you think about farm living.  There is nothing like the carefree nature of living on a farm surrounded by nature and quilts!




Thank you for visiting my blog today!  I hope I have inspired you to create something today!

100 comments:

pamspretties57 said...

Hiya!!! Oh my, I'm first!!! That's what I get for being up so late, lol. I love your runner, and the piggies are so cute. Thanks so much for participating and having the giveaway. I will have this book, one way or another, lol. Love all the designs. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

Thim3 said...

Your tablerunner is really cute. I would love to make this pattern. I love all the patterns I have seen so far in this book.
thim3@hotmail.com

Joan and Kevin said...

Love your table runner!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Sue said...

Love your table runner. Thanks for a chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely table runner & thanks for the chance to win.

Jeanie said...

I love your runner and I like the way the pigs don't just leap off of it, but are subtly part of it. Thanks for the giveaway... the book looks wonderful!

Suzie said...

Love the pigs!!! Thank you for the chance to win and great color choices for the runner.

Linda said...

Your runner is gorgeous!!! Black and Tan combo is so striking!!!!

VickiT said...

Great looking table runner. I really like the fabric you chose to use. Perfect for any kitchen.
The brown pig on the chair near the table with the quilt on the back is so cute. What an adorable idea to use a brown jug that way.

Diane Remmer said...

Love your table runner and the way everyone so far alternate the patterns.
Thank you for the chance to win.

Janice said...

Beautiful runner! I'm a "pig person" too!! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book :)

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Wow!!Que maravilha ficou!Obrigada pela chance

Renee said...

Your table runner is lovely! I smiled when I saw the fabric with the pigs.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your table runner. Gerri is such a talented and creative designer. Thanks for the giveaway!

Needled Mom said...

Your runner looks wonderful and I love the pottery pieces you have added to show it off. It looks like a fun book to have in the quilting libraries.

CathyK said...

I really like your runner, especially the fabric with the pigs on it! Perfect for your kitchen! Thank you for sharing.

Crickets Corner said...

I think I like your version better than the original and love the pottery. The pottery on the shelves is amazing, they are so graceful.

Beth said...

Love the animals on the runner! I have been trying to make my mom a runner for each season, I think that would suit summer wonderfully!

Joyce Carter said...

Your table runner looks so beautiful. I love the pottery you have displayed. Thank you for the giveaway.

Carrie P. said...

looks great in the black and beige fabrics. thanks for a chance

Julie in WA said...

I love this liberty pattern. Your farm animal fabric in between the stars reminded me that I just picked up the perfect fabric at a yard sale that I could use to imitate your idea! Add one more to the "I want to make it" list!

Brenda said...

This is a great pattern, and would make a fun patriotic table runner. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Gill said...

I love your runner Thearica!

BizyStitches said...

OMGosh, this is my favorite so far. Love the colors and love the stars. It would be fun to play with this book. Thanks

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

You had me with the stars! ;-) Very nice runner.

Susan P said...

Love the choice of fabrics you used and all of your pottery!

Deborah said...

I love your printed back grounds. It really adds interest to an already interesting design. Would like to try this one for sure!

Carmen N said...

You chose great fabrics! Love the antique look and those piggies

Tabitha Keener said...

I love the projects I've been seeing in this book and can't wait to get a copy! Thanks for a chance in the giveaway!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Cindi P. said...

It is so interesting how everyone is putting their own "spin" on the quilts in the book. Thanks also for sharing your beautiful pottery with us!

Stacy said...

I have had my eye on this book since it was released. Love how you made the runner your own in the black.

Lisa Marie said...

The runner looks lovely on your table! This looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win.

Kimberly McConville said...

Your table runner is lovely, great fabric choices - simple yet striking. I would love the chance to win a copy of the book. thanks.

Birgith Lund said...

nice work, i like it

Lee said...

Beautiful table runner! thank you!

Linda said...

HI, love our runner! Thanks for sharing this book giveaway!
Book looks so great!

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Tamie said...

I think this book would be a great addition to my library.

M.W. said...

I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance

MoeWest said...

Your runner looks great with those fabrics! You have some lovely pottery too!

Rhonda Davis said...

I know what you mean about farm life! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Stacy Lindblom said...

I'm decorating our cabin with black and cream so your table runner is right up my alley. Even the adorable pigs! Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!

Lori said...

your table runner is so pretty. when we lived on the farm, my mom loved to have quilted things around also. guess that is where I picked up the love of sewing and later quilting from. thanks for sharing.

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Your table runners are great - and your pottery collection too! Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

delaineelliott said...

This looks like an awesome book! Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Love your hand quilting!!

Mary said...

Your runner is stunning. I like the extra things you did to it. Your pottery is also beautiful.

Deb said...

I think I would enjoy making anything in Gerri's new book, and I'd love to own a copy.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Count me in!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Looks like a fun book. Thanks

Liza S. said...

Love your stars. Thank you for sharing.

Kathy H said...

Looks like a great book. I love star blocks so your project looks great to me.

jinsnapp said...

Love the table runner & the pottery! We live in Bedford VA, just a short way from Emerson Creek Pottery and just attended their annual tent sale, such great stuff!

barbara woods said...

Great patterns, would love to win, thanks

Jan said...

Love your table runner. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

Stacey Larson said...

It's been great seeing different ways you all have put your own spin on the pattterns.

Sarah said...

Beautiful table runner! sarah@forrussia.org

Renee Stapleton said...

I love your table runner! It has been fun to see everyone's projects.

Glenda in Florida said...

Your table runner is lovely, and I appreciated seeing your pottery pieces. I lived in NC for 4 years, and loved going to Seagrove.

Linda Cejnar said...

I would like to make the bursting star cushion into a quilt...I wonder if that's possible to expand out the pattern until it's 80 inches square. It would be fun to win! Thank you. lbjisme at msn dot com

Carla said...

Your runner is wonderful and I love your pigs. Thanks also for sharing your pottery. The runner is perfect on that table with all your pottery on it.

Lorraine Isaac said...

So many good ideas, thanks for the chance to win a book, Lorraine Isaac

Lisa E said...

I've seen a few of the quilts from this book and they look fantastic. I love the colors!

Anita said...

Great table runner! I would love to get a closer look of the rest of the projects in the book, too!

Kimberly said...

This book looks so fun!

Farm Quilter said...

I love your runner!!! Your pigs and pottery are all right at home on it - perfect choice of fabrics!!! I really like the quilting motifs you chose too - thanks for including those for those of us who obsess over the quilting!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

How lovely is your runner! It's great that you did your kitchen colors and your pottery looks beautiful there as well. Have loved seeing all the projects and can't wait for tomorrow.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Suze said...

I actually saw that you were participating from Gerri's blog. I don't know what I haven't seen your posts in my Bloglovin' - need to check that. Anyhow, when I saw your name, my heart skipped a beat - I thought I know her. I had to just come see what excitement you had for all of us. I love the table runner. It fits perfectly with your pottery. What a delight! You are absolutely right that nothing is ever perfect on a farm. I grew up on a small dairy farm and boy, it was work. My mom and dad were each only children. So, the three of us kids got lots of farm action. I remember when my dad brought home my little milk pail - just for me. I was thrilled. I'm thrilled to see your tablerunner and know it will get lots of good use. I've been in love with this book since I first saw it and have wanted it and just haven't given in, YET! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, too.

GranChris said...

I really like your runner so I will put this book on my Santa list if I don't win one.

Susan Smith said...

Love your runner! This book looks like it has some really great projects in it! I sure would love to win it!

Vickie said...

I love that fabric you chose to make it in....totally Thearica ! I'm also liking seeing some of your pig collection !

Cheryl said...

So many great ideas from this book. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book. Love your table runner, it is so adorable.

maudie said...

Love what you made, I think this would be a really good book to have on hand.

paulette said...

I love your runner! Those stars are amazing! Thanks for the chance to win this book!! It looks like a keeper!
Paulette

Santee Bobbie said...

Such fun we have in our quilting world,don't you think? Thanks for the freat runner and pottery and thanks for the give a way.

Quiltsmiles said...

What a beautiful way to show off your pottery pieces. Love your finish and thanks for sharing

Sharon Schrotenboer said...

Love the color scheme. There are so many options and so little time. :) Thank you!

Sandy D said...

Very nice. I like the runner and the fabric and colors you chose to do it in. sandradagg@hotmail.com

Janie said...

Love your runner, great colors. Thanks for the chance.

janie.mccombs(at)yahoo.com

Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the giveaway! dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

Loris said...

I have not visited your blog before but will certainly be back. Love the header on your posts :-)
Thank you for the inspiration of using your focus fabric in one of these very fun quilts! These quilt patterns are very cheerful and fun. I can't wait to make one! Thank you for the sweet giveaway!

Sallie said...

I love table runners.

Andee said...

Great hop!

LynnB said...

You made a charming table runner with the animal print fabric!! Thanks for the chance to win the book drawing.

OhioLori said...

What a perfect choice you made..the Tablerunner is Awesome!! I would make that for our son & his sweet wife, and use chicken fabrics! Love it! Grrreat job! :)

Karen said...

I love stars and I love the fabrics you used. It is an awesome table runner.

Kathy E. said...

Beautiful table runner and what a wonderful book! It belongs in my library, for sure!

Rhonda D. said...

What an awesome book! Love the table runner! Thanks for the chance to win!

heathquilter said...

Oh this book is amazing! Love the table runner you made! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Anne said...

You are right! I would be thrilled to win this book. So many fresh ideas in this book. Something for everyone. I am glad I found your blog on this book tour.

apple blossom said...

love your table mat thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book

Carol C Thomas said...

Love your table runner. Nice book.

Gloria said...

I can see this runner in seasonal fabrics....

Pine Point Cathy said...

Beautiful runner and pottery collection. Thanks for the chance to win! basaran.family@rogers.com

D Zach said...

I love you table runner

Beth Esser said...

Love you pig theme! Your changes/additions are so cute. Thanks for a chance to win this fantastic new book.

StarFond said...

I love your table runner and piggies! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Cute table runner. Thanks for the chance. Looks like a great book.

Helen L said...

I love what you did with the table runner: great use of black and white, and I love the little farm animals!!! :-)

Farm Quilter said...

Your tablerunner is adorable!! Love the fabrics you chose - it would look perfect on my table out here on the farm!!!

Jordie Nilla said...

Fantastic work, thank you so much for shedding a light on the topic.
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