Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sprucing up my coffee station

Hello quilting friends! Today I’m sharing my latest quick and easy project: a runner for my coffee station at home. This fat quarter friendly project is based on my free tutorial: Stacked Coins Table RunnerMy next cup of coffee is going to taste better than ever, thanks to this pretty new setup!


This runner features a fresh country collection called Farm-to-Table by Windham Fabrics. I love how it looks with my rustic wooden box and other kitchen favorites, including my new (and first) Rae Dunn mug! 


I do have to admit something to you. I ordered this fat quarter bundle from my sponsor, Four Peaches Fabric, without a plan. I just loved it, and so I bought it. I let it sit on my kitchen counter near my Keurig machine for a couple of weeks as I tried to decide what I would make. Eventually I decided this bundle called for a clean and simple patchwork pattern, so I went back to my own tutorial!  


The original Stacked Coins Table Runner utilizes six fat quarters and finishes at 17” x 60 1/2”. That’s a great size for a large table, but for my coffee station, I wanted a shorter runner. I followed the instructions from my tutorial, but I only cut three strips from each of my six fat quarters, which resulted in a runner that was 36 1/2” long. The great thing about this tutorial is that you can easily customize it to fit the length you need!


I was all set to do some narrow matchstick quilting on this runner, but I just couldn’t bring myself to stitch over all of those cute roosters and barns and tractors! Instead I opted for simple straight line quilting, 1/8” from the seams, using Aurifil’s 80wt in chalk (2026). I’ve started to use 80wt occasionally when machine quilting, especially when I want a softer appearance. I’ve been very pleased with the results! I use a standard universal 80/12 needle and make sure I also have 80wt in the bobbin.


Oh, and did you happen to notice that cute binding fabric? In my stash I found a last bit of “Quilt Shop Names” from Sweetwater’s volume ii collection. I had auditioned several black and grey checks and stripes for the binding, but this fabric was the winner . . . a cream fabric with tiny text for binding . . . who knew?


I hope this project provides you with some inspiration for a fun fat quarter bundle you have on hand!  Or better yet, zip on over to Four Peaches Fabric and check out all of the custom and factory cut fat quarter bundles they carry! FYI: they are offering free shipping on all orders in the continental US, now through December 19.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get carried away quilting soon and often!

~Taunja


7 comments:

  1. Nothing says Rise & Shine like a pretty coffee station! I'm going to be making this one for sure. So pretty and I just happen to have a red Keurig 😊💕😍

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    1. You are so right!! Well if you have a red Keurig, you NEED this bundle! Merry Christmas friend!!

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  2. I love it. I think we forget that interesting fabrics often look best with simple designs.

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    1. I totally agree! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  3. Love the fabric. I just might have to buy some of that!

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    1. Thanks!! I have to say (corny as it sounds) it cheers me with each cup of coffee!

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  4. it's so beautiful i really like your good idea thank for sharing.

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