Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Table Runner Love

How fantastic was the Modern Christmas Table Runner Swap hosted by Susan of Canadian Abroad?  I found this to be eye opening for me as I had not made a table runner before.  The lovely ladies participating were encouraging, chatty and filled with inspiration, so it just flows from the flickr group right into your sewing room at home. 

Much to my surprise, my online bloggy friend Rhonda was creating for me!  Rhonda writes Quilter in the Gap blog and hosts a podcast which is completely entertaining to listen to!  Anyway, I was so super duper excited to see her return address label sticking out of my post box!  Want to see what she made? 


How spectacular is this?  I love how Rhonda took a creative approach to the runner - its not the usual rectangle that we always see.  Circles!  How great!?!?  Want to see each circle up close?



I love the fabric!  Now, do you notice anything special here?  Yes!  Each circle is an independent little quilt that could be used as a place mat, but they're all linked together using little handmade cuff link-like buttons.  So, each place mat has a button hole on either side that can then be used to link it up with its buddy.  You could even make a circular runner if you have a circular table!



Rhonda also included a handmade Christmas tree ornament with "2011" on it, to commemorate our recent move into our new home.  How thoughtful!  there were also sheets of stickers that I have since plastered EVERYWHERE.  

Rhonda, thank you.  Your creativity and inspiration are making my Christmas shiny and bright.  I am entirely grateful for your thoughtfulness and your huge effort to make something so beautiful. xx

23 comments:

Lynne said...

That's quirky and very delightful.

pippablue said...

That is such a cool table runner! I have been looking in to what people were making for this swap and it has been stunning, will definitely give it a go if it's on next year!

Katie said...

How clever!

susan said...

The table runner is so cool and unique. I am so pleased you love it and thrilled you enjoyed the swap!

Catherine said...

ooooh, I wondered where this one was destined for! I watched her making it over at the MCTR: lucky you

Sheila said...

I had seen the pic on Rhonda's blog but didn't realise it unbuttoned and was so flexible. How clever.

kristastitched said...

O my gosh, it's incredible! What an amazingly innovative take on a table runner, I love it! You are so very lucky :D

Nicky said...

A tablerunner and toy combined as you play with the arrangement of the circles - could keep you out of mischief for ages!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh the angst Rhonda went through - she is barking mad as it is brilliant!

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

I'm with Hadley - I don't know why Rhonda gave herself such a hard time about this either! It really is the most creative & wonderful thing ever. There is no way in 1000 years I would have come up with an idea so brilliant. Lucky you :)

Sarah said...

Oh I'm so pleased Rhondas went to you! I really dont know what she's been so worried about, it looks fantastic doesnt it.

Michelle said...

i love it! so creative, i would have never thought of that :)

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Wow- super creative! What a great idea and a pretty runner!

beaquilter said...

those buttons are removeable? how NEAT! never seen anything like it, it's amazing and hand stitched too

Katy Cameron said...

Lucky you! I was wondering who was receiving this beauty (while laughing at the podcasts :oD )

Judith, Belfast said...

What a versatile and funky table runner! A little piece of fun on your table for Christmas! Enjoy! Jxo

Quilter in the Gap said...

rumor has it there might be a tutorial for this runner in the "near" future. Watch my blog for more details.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's such a great idea and it looks wonderful - I bet Rhonda's relieved you like it!

Di @ Willowbeck Designs said...

Now that is just plain clever. What a fab thing to have on your table - thre are lots of combinations. One for each day of Christmas?

Emma said...

Wow! That is such a great idea for a table runner.

Kathy said...

What a cool idea!
Merry Christmas!

Linda Coleman said...

Cindy what a lovely unusual table runner. Great idea that you can change them all around

Jodi B. said...

Wow, are you so excited to have this table runner? I could play with it for hours. You could button on circles depending on the length of the table. Thanks for sharing the photos - Rhonda did a great job.

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