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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. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...er-t77376.html

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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.

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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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    i would suggest this also. i made one in christmas fabrics without batting and decorated the seams with red rickrack.

    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947 View Post
    I like the 10 minute table runner. I did not put batting in them and I did not "quilt" mine. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...er-t77376.html

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    The 10 minute table runner would be really nice or how about different blocks made into hot pads?
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    that is a wonderful giving spirit - hooray to you as I'm sure all the recipients enjoyed their lovely gift.

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    Wonderful idea and very generous, but soooooo good for the heart! Merry Christmas

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    I think you are sweet and people like you make the holidays truly meaningful. That said, I like the one already mentioned here from the quiltbug. You could chain piece them and use in the center square a holiday scenic print if you so choose. As another stated great time to shop for fabric with all the sales.

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    use white on white fabric and steam a seam.... mount, cut any 'snowflake' (like we did in school) and then iron onto any color background you like...the steam a seam will help with the opacity and then you can just iron on, FMQ around the outside and done.... more cutting than sewing, UNLESS you want to find someone (or a store that rents) in your area with one of those cutting machines...i'm sure they have snowflakes...

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    Our Hobby Lobby has all their Christmas fabric on sale at 50% off and probably will go down to 70% off next week. You might want to watch that for fabric.
    Busy in Ohio

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    I love the 10 minute table runners. I have made quite a few and love figuring the color combo's. quick and easy. I don't use batting or quilt. I do starch when I do my final pressing (Mary Ellen's Best Press);

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    I only do the decorating. Everyone brings a dish. Thank goodness. Elisabeth

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    I checked this pattern out and I love it. Like you said I have plenty of leftovers from the dresden plates. Thank you for your great idea.

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    Thanks mltquilt. I need a quick table runner for a January b'day. This is perfect. I love the braid.

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    What a great Christmas gift you are, and you have the forethought to get started early...
    With quilters for friends, I will always be warm.

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    How wonderful you are to make everyone such a nice gift! I agree that the 10 minute table runner is fast and easy but the Easy Striped Table Runner by The Quilt Company is pretty fast too and the results are awesome. The pattern uses a border print that is lengthwise on the fabric. You should be able to make two runners per yardage required. They are like potato chips. One is not enough!

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    Not sure what type of machine you have, but sometimes I find simple is the best. One year I found the cutest snowmen fabric that I just couldn't cut up. So made a tablerunner out of a solid piece and then on my machine I had the alaphabet so I embroidered Let It Snow!!! (like that) all over it and then embroidered little snowflakes on it in silver metallic thread. Came out really cute. So maybe you'll find that special piece and make life easy on yourself.

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    An unlined Table Runner sounds good to me. My preference for a theme like you have picked would be a pattern where the fabric tells the swtory. "Winter Wonderland" shouldn't be so difficult to find. Anomal prints in snow is one think that comes to mind. Use an elongated 9 patch., .
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