Free Heart Table Runner Pattern

Strictly Quilting – but we may end up wherever our needles take us!

As we are in lockdown at the moment and, finding I have plenty of spare time on my hands, I thought I would tackle some of my scraps. I keep far too much from tiny triangles snipped from making Half Square Triangles to narrow strips. (Yes, I also admit to keeping selvedges too!) It’s about time I used some up. I’ve been meaning to make a little runner for my kitchen Welsh dresser, which has heart cut outs and so inspired this simple, but so cute, Hearts Runner. 

The hearts had inspired the design but I did want it to be a quick make so I searched up different patterns with hearts. There are so many out there but I settled on the Dancing Valentines block, partly because it gave me plenty of hearts but on a smaller scale which is perfect for using some of my scraps. I even used some lovely red shot taffeta on some of them…

It really was a quick make until it came to the quilting! Some projects just don’t go well do they? This fell into that category. I love using smaller projects to practice my Free Motion Quilting and I decided that a variegated pink thread would work really well with a swirly line with some hearts in the centre cream square of the blocks. You know when you start something and begin to think you don’t really like it? Yep, that’s what happened but I thought, just carry on. When I had nearly finished one side I realised that I’d caught some of the backing! It had folded under without me realising. At least I could change from the pink! I unpicked the lot and started again with a cream and a gentle meandering pattern. Much better until the thread broke! I rethreaded and started again only to find, a while later, that the thread was not playing ball and I had huge ‘eyelashes’ all over the back! Jack the Ripper made another appearance and finally I finished! 

I am really pleased with it, the meandering quilting across the cream certainly helps the hearts to ‘pop’. A clever trick when quilting. This would make a lovely gift and would be wonderful for a romantic meal.

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Until next time and don’t forget – Keep Calm and Quilt On!

Welcome to the new Strictly Quilting Website

Strictly Quilting – but we may end up wherever our needles take us!

Well, I finally got around to setting up a new website. At a time in the world when we need hobbies to keep us busy more than ever. 

I have been keen to build a place where you can find all sorts of ideas for patchwork and quilting from free patterns, ideas and hints and tips to keeping my groups aware of what new workshops I have to offer and what I’m working on. 

Spending most of my career in an office I finally decided it was time to move on, just as COVID-19 hit. Which led me to becoming out of a job for part of the week, time to fill by creating a new website to show what is ‘Under my Needle’ and create new workshops to help develop your skills! 

Workshops are held either at The Cotton Angel, my local quilt shop, or at various locations around the beautiful town of Monmouth. One of my favourites being The Rolls of Monmouth. Set in a stunning location of rolling golf course, one of the finest in Wales, the gothic mansion is where we set up for a day sewing. Teas and coffees are provided all day and lunch can be ordered from a delicious selection from the onsite chefs.

I plan to bring in various tutors who wouldn’t normally be available in our area to learn and develop your skills with likeminded people. From beginners to those more experienced I hope you will find something to tempt you.