Table Scraps

Table Scraps

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Okay, that blog post title was funny, wasn't it!!?? What did you think I was going to blog about, composting? No, silly, this post is about using up those left over fabric strips to make something beautiful for your table!

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I definitely have a thing for quilted table runners--they're just fun and fast to make, plus quick for changing up the look of your table for the different seasons. 

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This is my second time making my Stacked Strips Table Runner. See the original tutorial with instructions, HERE. I stitched this one exactly the same as the first, with 2"-wide strips but the finished size of this second runner is larger and finishes out at 18" x 84". The beauty of this pattern is you can easily customize the size to fit your table. 

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The fabrics used in this runner are all Art Gallery Fabrics and include prints from all six of my fabric lines. Here's the list: Pure Elements solids, AGF linen, Gossamer, Sketchbook, Coastline, Tapestry, Bountiful, Signature, and Ink Outburst from Woodland Fusions.

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The other variation I made from my original pattern was to utilize Quilt As You Go (QAYG) when sewing the strips together. By doing this, not only was I assembling the runner top, but I was quilting the runner as I sewed the strips!

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Using QAYG for a table runner is a great way to try this method on a small project. I used my favorite Tuscany Silk Blend batting and AGF linen for the backing to give the runner a nice weight and feel. To learn how to sew the QAYG method for quilts and other projects check out my dear friend and sister AGF designer Maureen Cracknell's QAYG Craftsy class

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This was really fun to make and since I had some strips left at the end, I decided to make some matching coasters!

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My coasters finish at 4-1/2" round and I trimmed the strips to 1-1/2" wide to start with so the scale would be better proportioned. You could even start with 1" wide strips if you wanted even more fabrics in the coaster.

I used the same strip assembly method of sewing strips short ends together before trimming to the desired size and sewing together QAYG-style to a batting and backing foundation.

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After I had the strips sewn into a large enough piece to cut out 5" circles from, I placed another piece of linen, right sides together with the QAYG piece and marked out circles with the bottom of a tin that was the right size. 

I sewed a 1/4" inside the drawn line, back stitching at beginning and end, and leaving and opening for turning. 

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Cut out on the drawn line. Clip curves and turn right side out through the opening. Turn opening under 1/4" and press. Blind stitch opening closed by hand. 

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I did not do any additional quilting or stitching to my coasters once turned. This method has four layers: patchwork top, batting, and two layers of linen. 

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I think next time I try this I will make some placemats. It's really very addictive and I'm sure we all have a bunch of left over fabric scraps begging to be turned into something useful and beautiful!

Week #4 SBS Giveaway

Sewcial Bee Sampler Giveaway Friday

Each Friday, throughout the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along which Maureen Cracknell and I are co-hosting, will be a Giveaway Friday. We've coordinated special giveaway prizes with some amazing sponsors. 

If you're just now joining us, welcome, it's never too late to start sewing along! Please take a moment to catch up by reviewing all my earlier posts, beginning with the January 30th, 2017 post The Start of Something Sewcial.

Before I introduce this week's sponsor I want to sneak in some photos of the second SBS quilt I've started using fabrics from my first four Art Gallery Fabrics collections: Gossamer, Sketchbook, Coastline, and Tapestry plus the two re-colored Fusion prints from my original Gossamer collection. I'm always so busy posting the how-to's that it leaves little room for the have-mades!

Week #3 Flock and this week #4 Crow's Nest. Next week I'll show you how pretty the first five block look together as we get 1/5 of the way through making the blocks. Hope you've been having fun so far?!!!?


Aurifil      Circa 15      The Intrepid Thread      Fat Quarter Shop      Omnigrid      Llama Fabrics      Color Girl     Lady Belle Fabric      Needle in a Fabric Stash      Dritz      Knotted Thread        Needle and Foot      Stash Builder Box



The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop's reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff! As a team, they continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs, and more. And they will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service!




We hope you enjoy visiting Fat Quarter Shop! 


For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Fat Quarter Shop is offering to one lucky commenter these beauties from my Garden Dreamer collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, the Greenhouse Fat Quarter Bundle! This prize includes TEN Garden Dreamer prints! You can find this bundle available at Fat Quarter Shop right HERE


Here's how: Since Maureen and I are taking turns hosting the Sewcial Bee Sampler Giveaway Fridays, this week I'm sending you to Maureen Cracknell's blog to enter!

A BIG thanks to all of you who are joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway!  ♡ Sharon

The Start of Something Sewcial

Today I'm so excited to share some BIG news! Whether you're a first-time quilter, a beginner, or a quilter extraordinaire my friend and fellow AGF design sister Maureen Cracknell and I are thrilled to announce and welcome ALL to join our very first co-hosted community event, the Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along!

Sewcial Bee Sampler

Beginning this Wednesday, February 1st and continuing through July, Maureen and I will be releasing a new PDF block pattern on our blogs every Wednesday (Block of the Week). We'll share pictures of our own finished block along with inspiration and tips and tricks to make piecing more enjoyable. The Sewcial Bee Sampler introduction PDF, available on Wednesday, includes a coloring sheet to help you plan out your fabrics plus a fabric supply list. The twenty-five fully tested PDF patterns have step-by-step illustrations for each week’s block plus detailed assembly instructions for a beautiful finish! You'll be getting the first block pattern on Wednesday!

I'm planning to use prints from my upcoming Art Gallery Fabrics fabric collection--Bountiful (available this March) together with Pure Element solids for the block framing and sashing. Maureen will be making her sampler quilt using prints from all of her Art Gallery Fabrics fabric collections and combining them with linen and denim for the frames and sashes. Feel free to use fabrics from your stash or maybe it's time for a little trip to your local fabric shop for some new inspiration! A sampler quilt is a great opportunity to use many different fabrics. Here's a virtual look at the blocks and sampler quilt so you can get started thinking about the look of your quilt.

The Sewcial Bee Sampler is made up of twenty-five 12" blocks with added sashing to create a finished quilt measuring 72" x 72". Once all of the block patterns are released at the end of July, we'll share the assembly instructions, followed by a big quilt top reveal day the first Wednesday in August!

To add to the fun, we've joined forces with wonderful sponsors to offer new, amazing giveaway prizes each Friday both on our blogs and on our Instagrams throughout the sew-along! More information about the giveaways in future posts.



Maureen Cracknell

Fat Quarter Shop

Sharon Holland

The Intrepid Thread


Llama Fabrics

Lady Belle Fabric

Needle in a Fabric Stash

Color Girl Quilts


Knotted Thread


Join Us

Half the fun of a sew-along is getting to connect with other makers. We invite you to join in as much as you are able to! Each week you're welcome to share links to our Sewcial Bee Sampler blog posts within the comments so we can visit each other.

On Instagram you can find me at Sharon Holland Designs and Maureen at Maureen Cracknell where we'll be using the hashtag #SewcialBeeSampler to create a community, stay connected, entry giveaways, and share our progress. Of course Maureen and I love it when you tag us so we don't miss a single thing!

So what do you say, will you join us in making a Sewcial Bee Sampler? We hope you will! You don't need to do anything official to join, just let us know in the comments that you plan to! We also created this cute badge for you to share on Instagram, if you'd like!


And here's a button if you'd like to add one to your blog. Simply click to download the badge and button.

We hope you join in the fun and I can’t wait to spend the next several months creating with you!

Crystal River Quilt Pattern

Fall's my favorite time of year. I call it my squirreling instinct when I start cleaning up the yard and gardens, readying them for winter. After the yard's in order I can then turn my attention to the house and start nesting. Time to spruce things up for the upcoming holidays, change the bedding to warmer, cozy layers, and of course, start baking and making all those comfort foods I start craving as the weather gets cooler!

It's been such a busy summer and I've been slow to get this pattern up and running for my Craftsy Pattern Shop. I'm so happy to finally bring you the Crystal River quilt pattern. Even though I made this in my Coastline fabrics line from Art Gallery Fabrics, I don't necessarily consider this a summer only design. The large-block design has an Indian blanket motif and the teal and bronze colors look perfect for fall and winter!

Crystal River quilt pattern available at Craftsy

Crystal River quilt pattern available at Craftsy

This design will make a queen-size quilt and the large pieces are perfect for showing off fun prints like my Palm Leaves and Beachcomber prints. 

Crystal River quilt photographed by Sandy Storer

Crystal River quilt photographed by Sandy Storer

Crystal River quilt photographed by Sandy Storer

Crystal River quilt photographed by Sandy Storer

I love the photos Sandy Storer took of my quilt in the beautiful nature setting on Frye Island in Maine. What a stunning way to display this quilt!

Simple, diagonal machine quilting compliments the crystal effect of the half-square triangles points. Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Element Snow white solid fabric contrasts with the prints to make the block design stand out and shine.