Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Table Runners and Vintage Block Picture


This is my modified version of a Spicy Spiral Runner using some lovely burgundy and brown fabrics.  I had about 5 or more yards of the brown gardening fabric that I really don't like.   It came in a box of fabric that was given to me.

I've been using it for scrap projects, to tie tomatoes up, etc.  This was my very first runner I made last year and used this fabric just in case it didn't work out.  But I really like it!  The colors go well together and has a nice fall feel to it.


I had a small bit of batik fabric and added some matching yellows, greens and blues.  I sewed strips together, but just didn't like it, so I cut them diagonally and sewed them back together.  I also used batting to make it puffy when machine quilted. 



At my local thrift store was this small bag of vintage fabric and couldn't resist!  Inside was a quilt block and bits of fabric in all sizes.

 I love the colors and design of the block.  The quilter machine sewn the pieces together. 

You can see how its coming apart and has stains.  Adorable fabrics!

Can you see the blue blocks that were pieced together to make 2 whole blocks.  The blue block on the left has a long seam.  It looks like a wrinkle.

I  didn't want to make more blocks and thought it would make a great picture that would honor the quilter that made it.  So off to Hobby Lobby to purchase a frame and put it up.

Here it is in my spare bedroom, along with my embroidery dresser scarf (with the edge not done yet, yikes!) and two other quilts that I make.

Thanks for visiting,


  1. The old vintage piece is perfect for your spare bedroom (love the quilts). I am so impressed with the diagonally cut table runner. I would like to try that one, but think I will shy away from the spiral cut one...very pretty, but looks difficult.

  2. The Spicy Spiral Runner looks great with all the fabrics you have used. It is perfect for Fall. The strips pattern worked out well with your new idea. Love it. The colors you chose to go with the batiks are spot on! It is always fun to find some Vintage Goodie at a thrift shop or yard sale. I really like how you decided to frame the block and hang it on your wall. I am sure their is a quilter (maybe in heaven) that is smiling down at you now. You are truly making a great guest room with all your special touches. I have an antique (dry sink) - almost identical to yours (in storage sadly). Your guest will feel so warmly welcomed.

  3. Such pretty table runners Cinders. The old block looks beautiful in the frame. I love those colors and prints.

  4. How precious is that old vintage block and what a great idea to frame it! I love your runner! You are so creative!

  5. The spiral runner is so different ~ great idea! I fixed pieces of an old quilt, made by my mother, in a frame. Most of the blocks were probably made from feed sack materials and it's always fun to see pieces that were used for making our little school dresses. I have a wash stand too, which looks identical to yours!

  6. I love finding bags of old quilt blocks at yard sales or thrift shops. Yours looks great in the frame!