Fourth of July Table Runner/ Mantel Cloth

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One of the quilt shops we visited while on our Arkansas vacation in July 2013 was Sager Creek Quilts in Siloam Springs. It was just beautiful! I got these reds, whites, and blues, thinking I would finish this runner to replace the fall-ish cloth that had been on my mantel forever. It was something like July 2 lol but I don’t really have a good “inner calendar” and hadn’t realized that might not happen. My son and I had a good laugh and said I’d better get started cutting it out with fingernail scissors in the car!

Anyway– I found this star pattern on Pinterest and I made it with all half square triangles. I used a flannel sheet for batting and a cotton tablecloth for the back, both of which I’d gotten at an estate sale. Quilting is in the ditch. It stayed up on my mantel for well over a year… But patriotic is always in style!

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Randy’s Arkansas Trip Quilt– “Coming Home”

Shortly after I became obsessed with   really interested in quilting, we vacationed in Arkansas in the summer of 2013 and visited a couple of quilt stores. On the way home, Mr. X said he’d like me to make one for him, so I began asking questions to figure out what kind. We narrowed it down to a traditional Nine-patch design with sashing and a double border; not full-sized, but one for the couch; and very manly. I googled “quilt shops” in towns we’d pass through and found The Whistling Chicken in Carthage, Tx. We spent some time perusing fabrics and he chose these great fabrics- some Civil War reproduction, some that just coordinated nicely. He loves telling people that it’s HIS quilt and HE chose the fabrics! I started this one soon after we got home and it came together very quickly. This was my first one to quilt with top stitching 1/4″ from the seams, instead of in the ditch.

I entered it into our fair in April. I enjoyed seeing it hang and hearing people say they saw my work!

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