AccuQuilt Theme Blog Hop – Christmas is Coming – and a Giveaway

I have three things for you today. The first is an easy and elegant table runner. It is so easy to make, cut almost entirely with the Accuquilt GO, and can be quilted on your regular sewing machine or on a longarm machine. Second, I sat down with my Accuquilt GO dies to brainstorm Christmas quilt block ideas – there are so many things you can do with fusible fabric. And third, I have a giveaway of a pre-cut table runner to be determined by random drawing of all who leave a comment on this blog today.

Easy and Elegant Table Runner:

This is such an easy table runner. You can make it in an afternoon; and with themed fabrics, you can make one for every season and holiday. These are the fabrics I am using for this table runner and these are the fabrics you will win if you win the Table Runner Kit Giveaway. They are so elegant. You can’t see the beautiful gold in the photos, but it’s scrumptious. The finished size of the table runner is 16 x 61 inches. A closeup photo is below. Please click the picture of the table runner below for instructions.

Please click on the table runner image for downloadable instructions.

This table runner can be quilted beautifully by doing a simple cross-hatching in the squares of the featured fabric. I like to do curved cross-hatching because it gives a bit more elegance. And in the setting triangles, either feathers or a stipple work beautifully. The border can be done with a feather if there is stipple in the setting triangles or with piano keys if there are feathers in the setting triangles.

Christmas Quilt Block Ideas Using Accuquilt GO Dies

I was brainstorming on ways to make quick and easy blocks for holiday quilts, table runners, placemats, and Christmas tree skirts. These are some of the ideas, but I’ll bet you have even more. One that isn’t shown here is to use the circles to make a snowman.

I made a cute little house with a candy cane roof using the 6.5 inch square die for the house, and the 6.5 inch triangle die for the roof. I added some stars in the sky by using the star die. This block would work well with a tree too. I love the way the roof has realistic corners just because the dog ears are trimmed. I used a fabric marker for the window panes and door handle.

Here are a couple of block combinations using trees and stars. These are made using the star die as well as the tree from the Christmas theme die. The ornaments on the tree are from the holly berries on the Christmas theme die.

I have a Christmas tree skirt started. It has random snowflakes all over it. I took that same snowflake die and used freezer paper to make a stencil and used Shiva paintstiks to paint snowflakes on more blocks. I love the way the painted snowflake looks. I can’t wait to do some more. On the tree skirt, you can see that I cut one snowflake in half because that is where I will cut it after the quilting is finished.

And, last but not least, is a block of “gifts” using squares cut with the GO and decorated with ribbon. The bows will not go on this block until after it is quilted, but just think how pretty it will be with three dimensional bows.

Giveaway:

To enter to win a pre-cut table runner kit with the beautiful fabrics shown above, please leave a comment on this post. All who comment on this post from Tuesday through Wednesday will  be entered for a drawing.  (Edit 9-28 @7:20am:) Because of the high cost of shipping, I will not be able to ship outside the US; however, I’d love to hear your comments.

The winner will be announced on Friday which is the last day of the blog hop.

 
 

Comments

AccuQuilt Theme Blog Hop – Christmas is Coming – and a Giveaway — 100 Comments

  1. Your table runner is beautiful, and so are the other things you’ve been paying with on the Go! If I’m eligible, as I live in the UK, I’d love to be entered into your giveaway.

  2. I have been given a GO and love your runner…am so ready to make gifts for Christmas! Thanks for this chance! Sandy in MD

  3. What an adorable roof on the house. And I love the gifts. Isn’t Christmas so much fun? I’d love to win your pre-cut table runner kit. I know that AccuQuilt GO! must be the bomb! I’m going to have one some day. (Do you think if I keep saying that often enough it will happen?) dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Hi Marjorie! I have a question! My 6.5″ die is off just a hair and the replacement die was too. When I cut paper it is off, so it’s not just me and bad technique. Is your 6.5″ square die true? If so, I will keep looking for one; I had pretty much given up on this one.

  5. I am in love with the fabric on the table runner. If you have time to reply to comments I’d love to know who it is by so I can get some for Christmas.

    Thank you so much for the fun ideas. A little vacation right here in my kitchen…lovin it 🙂

    Kelly

  6. I have a GO and a few dies. I love your tablerunner, the materials are beautiful. Thanks
    debbie

  7. Your table runner is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I would love to make a few for my sisters.

  8. I know how pictures of the fabrics doesn’t do them justice sometimes; I bet that fabric IS gorgeous in person.
    I like your idea with the painted snowflakes for a tree skirt…I have one I”m suppose to make for one of my daughters and that one does get further thought….:)
    I don’t have a go yet; but I sign up where ever there is a giveaway! I’ll try for a while and then probably giveup and buy one. I love what all you in blogdom are doing with your GOs.

  9. What a great giveaway! Love the table runner – just in time to jump start Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Beautiful fabrics, and great ideas. It would be fun to win! Thanks. Love the idea of the blog hop, too. Looking forward to the week of new ideas and blogs.
    Maryellen

  11. I cut paper with mine and it is definitely the true size. However, with fabric, it sometimes cuts about 1/16″ short. I have never had a problem with it once the blocks are sewn. What you might want to do is mark the short side and then always put the long side through the cutter horizontally so that the short side goes through vertically. However, the absolute best bet is to contact Accuquilt directly and let them know. I am quite sure they will replace the die and pay for the shipping.

  12. Thank you Marjorie for all the wonderful ideas. I can’t wait to make some Christmas projects now. Brilliant. And your giveaway Christmas table runner kit (and your original table runner) is beautiful too. Some lucky winner is going to have a beautiful table this coming holiday season!

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  13. Another use for your snowflake freezer paper stencil – use on windows with the spray on snow. The same with Stars and Christmas tree. Might do more decorating this year – thanks for the jump start ideal.

  14. I love the ideas with the GO for Christmas. I am pretty much a scrooge when it comes to decorating and I think this would be just the thing to get me excited about decorating for Christmas!!!

  15. I love the runner, but even more I love the suggestions you give for quilting it! I am new to machine quilting, so I like to have some help at times to figure out what goes well together. Thanks for the inspiration! You also make me want a GO even more!!!

  16. I enjoyed your tips and display of the table runner kit you are giving away. I waited until turning 70 to start quilting, but am on the GO now. I have the dies necessary and think your table runner is beautiful. Hope I win so I can show off my quilting on my table. Jan

  17. What inspiring ideas! I love the way you decorated the squares to make them look like packages. The candy cane roof is absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  18. That tablerunner is so pretty! Looks like I am going to NEED a Go so I can finish all these projects I’m seeing!!

  19. Love to get a jumpstart on Christmas and might just have to clean off a table to display the cute tablerunner 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway and design

  20. Marilyn, you’re not blind – LOL – my blog is a WordPress blog and doesn’t have that feature – only the google blogspots have a “follow” button. But I do hope you’ll come back again! 🙂

  21. Love the table runner…and those Christmas shapes are fabulous! Thanks for the great ideas and the give-away!

  22. Thank you for hosting this stop on the blog hop. Your table runner is elegant and your ideas are so imaginative. Really like the presents and 3-D idea. Please enter me into the drawing – because Christmas is coming soon! mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  23. Thank you for participating in this blog hop! I LOVE the two toned red and white snowflakes and the peppermint stick rooftop!

  24. Hey Marjorie ~~ your tablerunner IS GORGEOUS !!! Love the intensity of the fabric choices … really makes it look regal ! I would LOVE to have this decorate my Christmas table! And THANKS for all the great ideas on using the AccuQuilt GO! dies … GREAT IDEAS and lots of fun !

  25. You are so clever. Never would have thought of the using the square and triangle dies to make a house. You’ve given me inspiration to rethink how to use my dies.

  26. Love your ideas for blocks using the hoiday die. The little house is my favorite. I’m off to find some candy cane fabric!

  27. Awesome ideas……….hoping to add a GO to my quilting hideaway………that’s my basement. I love to hide down there and create. Thanks bunches.

  28. I follow your website for quite a lengthy time and ought to tell that your articles usually prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

  29. Wow, I love what you’ve shown! Now it’s time to pull out my dies & get to work because I really need a tree skirt! ;}

  30. Your runner is so pretty and versatile. As a new Go owner, I thank you for the pattern I can use with my Go.

  31. I love the Christmas die and will make some fast gifts like the tablerunner. Thanks for being a part of this Accuquilt Hop. It is fun reading the new info. I think my brain has quit being creative!!
    Thank you

  32. I found you through SewCalGal’s blog hop. Thanks for the Christmas inspiration. I added your blog to my Google Reader.

  33. I did, and had an hilarious exchange with their customer service rep. They sent a replacement die, and it was off too (including the “perfect” test cuts they had made with it), just the same as the one I had. A second replacement was also off to the same degree, also including the test cuts enclosed. At that point I was so concerned that THEY were getting upset, I let it drop; I was off on a long summer holiday and figured I’d deal with it when I got back.

    I find the strip dies the best to work with and perhaps will just content myself with waiting for a 6.5″ strip die!

  34. I did a search on accuquilt tree pattern & found your blog! Love it and would LOVE a chance to win the table runner! It’s exactly what I’m looking for! Thank you!