Table Runner for Marci

on Jul 8, 2007 in Quilting | 48 comments

I’m not big on swaps. All those little extras to be added. Making everything look pretty in the package. Is my partner going to like it? Too… much… pressure. And then it’s actually got to be put into a box and mailed off. On time no less!

So why in the world would I agree to such a mad plan? I LOVE Marci’s art. She was one of my Back Tack 3 buddies and we’ve had a mutual admiration society going ever since. I also knew she wouldn’t expect anything more of me than to create the work the best I could. No extras. No fancy packaging. Just my good stuff for her good stuff.

Marci moved to a new pad in Brooklyn several months ago. I got to peek at her colors and her decor via her blog. She also told me the table for the runner was a 1920’s piece from her grandmother with diamonds on the legs. I immediately thought of the Chrysler Building dress that Jay did on Project Runway. Art Deco books were checked out from the library. I had a lot of fun with the parameters for this project.

Marci posted a pic of the table runner in action. Very exciting for me to see that!


  • Pattern drawn with a pencil on graph paper. Ruler and compass in hand.
  • Light board used to transfer pattern to freezer paper.
  • Freezer paper pattern pieces cut apart (a glimpse of these here).
  • Freezer paper ironed to back of fabric.
  • Cut out each piece adding a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Sew back together.
  • Straight stitch, walking-foot quilting. A simple echo of the shapes.
  • Hand sewn binding and a free-motion signature.
  • Ruth McDowell was extremely patient in walking me through each step.

Happy New Home Marci!