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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Table Runner, 1930's Quilt Pattern and Blooming Cactus


I saw the pattern, Spicy Spiral Table Runner, and really like it.  I bought a wedge ruler, then sent off for the pattern.  Of course, as my luck goes, I didn't get the right ruler!  Oh well, I just recalculated the measurements, (that took a while and lots of figuring, I'm far from a math genius!) and winged it.  My table runner is not quite as spirally as the pattern, but I really like it.  The Christmas fabric was my grandmother's, left over from making Christmas tree skirts.  The white fabric I had and reminded me of snow falling. 



Recently I received 2 envelopes full of quilt pattern's from my friend Sherri, which belonged to her mother.  Many are photocopies of patterns from the 1930's Kansas City Star.  The Kansas City Star published free quilt patterns from designers and readers from 1928 to 1961 in the hopes of increasing female readership.  This one is an Eveline Foland design called Ducklings.  

The caption reads:  This rather simple block which is thirteen inches square, may be developed in many ways, using plain or figured materials.  The blocks may be alternated with plain ones of the same size.  Allow for seams. 
 (copyright 1932. by the Kansas City Star.)

I chose a mixture of vintage and modern fabrics and it's coming together really well. 
I'm researching this pattern to see if it's call by another name.  Does anyone recognize it?  In my McCall's 1973 Learn To Quilt book, it's called Duck and Ducklings.



My cactus really bloomed this year.  Isn't nature amazing!


Hope your Holiday preparations are going well.
Thanks for visiting, 


  1. What a lovely table runner, I love the unusual shape. I look forward to seeing what you do with the Duckling blocks.
    Nice colors, I had a Christmas cactus once, it never bloomed and of course I killed it! You have the green thumb.
    Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Such a pretty table runner! I like using runners made for the four seasons.
    And what a wonderful Christmas decoration the cactus makes!

  3. I would have never attempted the sprial runner, but yours turned out beautifully. And, that it is made from your grandmother's scraps makes it so, so special. Love the Christmas cactus...earning its keep for the holidays!

  4. I have never seen a table runner with the unique spiral shape. It made the runner even more special to have your grandmother's fabric! My Christmas cactus had two blooms on it and both of them fell off before they opened. I guess I was too busy to give it any love and attention.

  5. My Christmas cactus is blooming!!! I am so excited. I have a somewhat green thumb but usually it doesn't bloom at Christmas.
    What a cool spiral runner. I've not seen one like that but as others have commented it is that much more special made from grandmother's fabric.
    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs :)