Have you seen the December/January 2020 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts? The theme of the issue is “Winter Blues & Holiday Cheer,” and the quilts included are fantastic! If you are casually flipping through the pages, you’ll likely see my table runner on page 4.
The inspiration behind this runner was two-fold. The magazine editors suggested I use a line of fabric from Connecting Threads; I chose batiks in the line “Sea from Space.” The teal, blue, and gold fabrics practically shimmer with depth when placed side by side.
The second request from my editors was to create a project for celebrating Hanukkah. In addition to using blue fabrics, I included eight stars to represent the eight feast nights of Hanukkah.
To make this design “quick,” as in Quick Quilts, I strip-pieced the teal and blue fabrics and arranged them in the zigzag of a “Rail Fence” pattern. I then substituted eight stars for eight of the “Rail Fence” blocks. I machine quilted the pantograph “Becker’s Shooting Star” designed by Barbara Becker with a gold polyester thread that marvelously adds to the sparkle.
The editors have provided me with a magazine to give away to a blog reader. Would you like to win? Leave a comment below stating the colors you would use when making a “Starry Nights” table runner. Do you like the Winter Blues, or would you use Christmas fabrics? How about black and silver? What colors can you imagine? The drawing will be on November 12.