Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Making Do

The house was as clean as it needed to be today so I decided to start a Christmas table runner from a pattern I picked up last summer at one of the super sales, problem was I hadn't bought fabric to make the runner with. Time to dig into the stash and scraps to see if I could pull it off.
It took 92 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2) squares of green fabric pieced together to make the trees, the background white and tan fabric was leftover from something last Christmas, the red polka dot is something everyone should have on hand, can't go wrong with polka dots in any color.
I didn't have anything Christmasy (is that a word?) big enough to use for the backing so I pieced together 2 different fabrics then added 2 more trees to make it look a little less patched.
Did some free motion quilting, added some bling to brighten it up and bingo, its done. With ZERO cost, all from scraps.
I will have to post a photo of the entire runner on a later post, blogger won't let me post any more photo's on this post :( The runner turned out really cute and I got lots of exercise running up and down the stairs looking for fabric to use so it was a good day! I would like to say I used up a pile of fabric but in reality very little was needed, still have lots of piles that need to be cleared out. I have been spending WAY more than I should on fabric lately, of course the jumbo Harley quilt sucked the bucks right out of my pocket but I have begun stock piling fabric again. NO MORE!! I intend on using up what I have for a very long time. If I were to sew each and every day for a year I don't think I would run out. This bad habit is kicking my spending plans rump, it's so close to the end of the year if I don't get a handle on my evil ways we will never make our goal of saving 35% of our take home pay for 2011. There is still more Christmas gifts to buy, Baby Bubba to spoil, a new Mommy to pamper and very few paydays left in the year. Time to buckle down and be more thrifty. Today was a small step in that direction.


  1. Love it!! I really love the quilting you did on it.. Beautiful! I've been using up my stash too & haven't bought fabric in months,,, I have more than enough to last!! Good for you on using up your stash too! We can be "stash buster buddies!" lol!

  2. Sounds good to me, wish I could say the same on buying fabric, I have been out of control. You are so good at savings, keep up the good work, I am getting back on the savings wagon!!