Scrappy Tumbler Runner

February 22, 2012

Say that post title 10 times fast. :-)  I can't wait to reveal the rest of the quilt from my last post, but it just arrived home yesterday.  Talk about snail mail!!  It took nearly a week to ship 2 states away.  I was starting to entertain awful thoughts that my client's quilts had gone to the wrong home.  Well they did arrive yesterday and she was thrilled!!!  So I'll get to show her quilts soon.

I've been quilting up a storm.  Trying my hardest to play catch up yet again. :-)  So far I've finished quilting 6 quilts this month.  That's almost a world record for me!!!  Luckily between custom jobs, I had some all over quilt jobs I could sneak in.  Speaking of sneaking in...I was able to sneak in couple of my own very small top to be quilted as well.  I figure when it's 12:30 in the morning, that's on my time and I can put a quick project of my own on the machine without feeling guilty.  No custom quilting on my own stuff, no binding yet either, but that's ok with me!  I'm just thrilled to enjoy some of my things.  I tell you, it re-energized me to quilt a few of my own!!
I quilted up this gorgeous mini tumbler runner.  I picked up this kit at the Quilter's General Store in Rockford Illinois last November on our way to Primitive Gatherings.  The kit was an awesome deal.  It included the 3" tumblers, backing and binding fabric.  If you order it online here, it includes shipping too!!  Quilter's General Store is an AWESOME shop if you are in the area, even if you are not, it's worth it to go.  There are some amazing shops all in a relatively short distance of one another, so you could make it a great day trip!
It's the first time I tried quilting nested swirls like this.  I LOVE it!!!!!  I will quilt them again.  Went fast and I love the texture.  My inspiration came from Judi aka the Green Fairy.  Judi has mentioned how she likes to quilt swirls because it works for everything.  She was RIGHT!!!

I decided not to go with the backing in the kit.  Not because I didn't like it but because I needed a larger backing.  I actually quilted another little runner at the same time, on the same backing.  What a time saver.  I'll show you that runner soon.  :-) The backing I used worked perfect for both quilts and it's so pretty, it easily could be reversible.
 I kept this side up for Valentine's Day.
I believe the backing is from a past 3 Sisters Christmas line.  I love a reversible quilt!!!

I also tried a new batting out of my sampler box from Dream battings.  It was the Green batting.  It's made from recycled materials and is a poly batt.  I LOVED it.  LOVE, LOVE LOVED it.  Was so surprised how much.  It is soooooo soft and pliable.  More so than the regular Dream Poly.  It quilted up beautifully!!!!!  The stitches just melted beautifully into the fabric.  You could see the texture of the quilting.  It didn't flatten out at all.  I will be ordering this to have on hand for another batting option.  I will use this in my own quilts for sure.  I love it like I love wool batting!!!  AND it's a fraction of the cost of wool.

Hope everyone has a great day!

25 comments:

  1. Very cute runner - love the tumblers!!!! Swirls are my favorite for quilting - they definitely look good on everything. :-)

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  2. Oh how sweet - love the swirls, it makes for great texture!!!

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  3. I love the runner...great job! The swirls are wonderful! Have a great day!!

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  4. Beautiful runner! The swirls contrast well with the lines of the tumblers.
    Good to know about the batting.

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  5. Lovely work! I am going to request swirls on my next quilting job!

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  6. SO BEAUTIFUL !
    LOVE BOTH OF THESE RUNNERS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  7. Love your runner and the quilting. That is a good idea for all over quilting practice, too.

    Debbie

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  8. Wow, your swirls turned out wonderful. I love all the texture they created. The back is beautiful too!

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  9. I love your tumbler runner - very pretty. I'm going to try swirls on my next project after seeing this! The Quilter's General Store is on my bucket list if I ever get down that way.

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  10. I love the tumbler runner!!! I always turned away from the roll of green batting... but now I am rethinking that... if it really is the look that wool can give without the price. thanks for sharing your gorgeous work.

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  11. Sounds like you've been having fun. :) Love your table runner & the swirls you did. The backing is gorgeous. Hugs,

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  12. I love your table runner. I wish I could make swirls like that. You quilted it beautifully.

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  13. Smart girl to make it reversible. . .perfect! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Beautiful job Linda - swirls are my favorite for sure! I have a quilt coming up next that has swirls written all over it! :)

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  15. Love the swirls! Glad your finding time to squeeze in a few of your own projects.

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  16. You're so clever, Linda - and so full of wonderful ideas! Sounds like i need to give that green batting a try!
    Cheers!

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  17. It's the year of the table in my house--- I hope to make several pieces for my table...Love this...smart girl with the backing....Beautiful.

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  18. Great advice with the two runners on one backing. I'll remember that next time, I hope! Also a great idea with the reversible back. Thank you for teaching me some cool new tricks.

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  19. Beautiful quilting and how awesome to do the two runners on one backing. Brilliant. Interesting about your new batting. I have heard of those batts, but haven't tried one. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I love your runner, especially that it's reversible!

    Thanks for the comments about the wadding too, I have seen it advertised and wondered what it would be like to use. Now I know I need to try it!

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  21. i believe i just saw the two quilts you just finished beautiful! and also love the swirls on your tablerunners i just finished my stitchers garden and have the green batting on the way i feel better now that i know someone else has used it we recycle and it seemed the thing to use

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  22. I love your table runner - it is just yummy! I can't wait for my trip to Primitive Gatherings, and Quilter's General Store is one of my stops on the way!

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  23. That swirl quilting is awesome :-) And I just love that the runner is reversible! It doesn't get much better than that! You are sleeping enough, right? At 12:30 who knows what kind of designs I would be quilting. They would be going every which way!!

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  24. Gorgeous quilting - the swirls look wonderful!

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  25. Your runners are beautiful.Just a piece of fabric and the perfect quilt design can make a beautieul piece.
    Glad to hear your customer's quilt made it home. It makes me a little nervous when I think about sending mine to you. I am scheduled for April. Is it looking like it will happen?

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