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hometown gifts for out-of-town hosts

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Daughter #1 will be staying with a family during her Northern Ireland semester, so she wanted to bring along some gifts for them. We thought a table runner would be a good idea: easy to pack, useful and decorative. Of course, I meant to make it before Christmas–oops. Her departure date is fast approaching, so I needed to get a move on. I have an apothecary jar filled with 2 1/2-inch squares, so my design began there. I sewed five rows, seven squares each, and then cut six 14 1/2-inch x 5-inch solid panels and pieced as pictured above–easy as could be (finished dimensions: 14″ x 37″). The runner could be made longer by adding additional rows/panels and deeper by adding additional squares to the rows and adjusting the size of the solid panels accordingly.

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Despite my attempts at gently shooing, Hobbes insisted on being in the pictures (note tail above).

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For the back I found this great bit of nuts fabric in the stash.

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I quilted it with organic lines using the walking foot–again, easy and looks lovely.

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Because I wasn’t sure if I’d get a gift made in time, I bought a back-up: this cool dishtowel from catstudio. It comes in its own decorative fabric envelope, perfect for gift giving.

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You can get them for every state–so here’s our home state, Missouri. Although the design is printed, the cross-stitching is sewn.

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And here’s an unexpected bonus: this wonderful card with a quotation from Nelson Mandela. Since D#1 will be studying international conflict resolution and mediation, it couldn’t be more perfect.

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12 thoughts on “hometown gifts for out-of-town hosts

  1. Hahaha… I love the orange tail in the picture! I have a photobomber just like him!!!

  2. I really like this table runner. It looks like a fun, easy project. And I loved how you quilted it. The state tea towels looks great too. I’ll have to check them out.

  3. Table runner is so cute! And the tail :D :D

  4. Pingback: Quilting Information: Red Flannel Pantry Blog’s Modern Table Runner | Louisa Enright's Blog

  5. Hi! Beautiful tail and belongs to a sweet cat! I love your table runner and the kitchen towel is wonderful and fun! x Teje

  6. Your quilt design is wonderful. It keeps the design from looking rigid and completely draws in the viewer.

  7. The table runner is lovely! And the cat studio tea towel is a great backup gift. I buy one whenever I travel and plan to make a quilt from them someday.

    • What a great idea! I am fond of tea towels–lately I’ve been stalking the Crate & Barrel sale section for the Vera Neumann tea towels–so lovely. I just checked your website–it’s nice to meet a fellow wordsmith! I was a production editor for CV Mosby and other pub companies here in St. Louis for about 15 years. I worked on medical/surgical/nursing textbooks but mostly plastic surgery books.

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