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    help ideas needed!!!

    I know most people think I'm crazy but I love Christmas and giving gifts to my friends. I belong to the local chapter of the American Sewing Guild and I put on a wondeful luncheon for our fund raiser this year. I made 130 dresden plates and used them as chargers under the members dinner plates. They took them home as a gift from me. In 2012 I want to do this again. I have decided on the theme Winter Wonderland and am thinking of making short table runners app. 24" to 30" long that I can fold in half at each place setting. My problem is the design, remember I have to make over 100 of them so I need something fairly simple to do. If you have any ideas please let me know as I have to start on these in January so they will be finished by December. Thank you in advance and Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

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    Elisabeth, don't let anyone tell you that you are crazy - if it makes you happy then you are WAY ahead of a lot of other people.

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    I like the 10 minute table runner. I did not put batting in them and I did not "quilt" mine. 10 minute table runner

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    Or use panels ? I think it is wonderful of you to do that
    To keep your mind fresh- learn one new thing a day !

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    I have the page turned down on adorable snowman placemats from Quilt Magazine. The head is a large (about 8 inch) snowball pattern on a blue background. The face details are appliqued on. The applique pattern is in the paper pull out. I think it's the Nov. 2011 issue? Maybe you have that issue?

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    Since you can get the fabric on fabulous sales after Christmas, I would go with a fabric panel and a border. If they are scenic panels fine. Otherwise just select beautiful-to-die-for Christmas fabric and use it. Try the mentality of a non-quilter "Why cut up beautiful fabric just to sew it back together again?" Some of the embroidered fabric from the upholestery section of Hancock's would be wonderful. If you birth them with no quilting you can all sorts of fabric not ordinarily used in table runners - velvet, brocades, etc.

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    How about raw edge applique snowflakes, like two on a placemat. The applique would be all you would need for the quilting.

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    What a generous thing to do. There is a table runner that has a block in the middle then a braid type pattern on each end that can be quilt as you go. I the pattern is at http://quiltbug.com/Free/table-topper.htm. It takes 3 fat quarters and is about 38" long according to pattern.

    mltquilt

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    Wow what and undertaking. You are very generous to take on this kind of a project. Do you prepare and furnish the food also? Blessings will come your way when you are so kind to other people.
    Lorraine

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    Quote Originally Posted by mltquilt View Post
    What a generous thing to do. There is a table runner that has a block in the middle then a braid type pattern on each end that can be quilt as you go. I the pattern is at http://quiltbug.com/Free/table-topper.htm. It takes 3 fat quarters and is about 38" long according to pattern.
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    WOW! Dresden plates for all!! What a gem you are!!!!!

    This is exactly what I was thinking ... the pattern would let you use leftovers and each could be unique. You could easily change the width/length to whatever size works for your choice.
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