Wednesday, April 24, 2019

3 Table Runners for Be a Diamond Blog Hop

It's my day to share my creations for the Be a Diamond Blog Hop. Thanks to Carol, of Just Let me Quilt for hostessing this blog hop. Carol is definitely a sparkly diamond herself! And don't forget that Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend!



I had a few ideas for this hop, so I starting making one runner and then another and another. Each is different in size and colors and design. It is good to get a few runners made and perfect timing for my guild's quilt annual outdoor quilt show this Sunday. I will be hanging these runners there and with any luck I might sell one or more.

The first runner was actually the second runner I made. I had a small amount of the text fabric that was a recipe for Cowboy Chili (which is what I call this runner). I wanted to make something simple, so chose the square-in-a-square quilt block. Then I added half-square triangles in the border. I knew it needed a little something else and so I appliqued a cowboy in silhouette and of course what does every cowboy need (besides a horse), is a cowgirl. So here is my Cowboy Chili Table Runner:


Cowboy silhouette applique.

Cowgirl silhouette applique.

Red checkered backing fabric.


Cowboy Chili ingredients.

The next table runner was the first runner I made for this hop. I had a Boondoggle Ruler that I had for years and wanted to use it and this blog hop was the perfect motivation that I needed to try out this ruler. I sewed strings together and cut the diamonds out using the ruler. It was easy enough to use the ruler this way. There are lots of patterns that can be made using this ruler too (just click this link). I have a bag pattern for using this ruler, so that might be something else to make later.






Next up is the last runner I made, called Mosaic and it's a free pdf pattern. The pattern is for a quilt that measures 90" x 99", so I decided to make a small section for a runner. BUT I made a big goof! I didn't even notice it until I was taking these photos!!! I followed the single row diagram on the pattern, which would be fine if I was making a larger quilt with several rows, HOWEVER, for a runner I should have added one more row on the top!!! I point out my mistake to warn any of you in case you want to make a runner like this (only without the mistake I made). It made the runner slightly off balance. Oh well, it's a learning experience, right? It still looks nice and how many would have really noticed my mistake if I didn't point it out to you? Come on be honest. 

Made with all scraps of blues and white.

I used a walking foot and quilted large swirling waves.

The back of the runner is batik print.

Here are the other participants on the blog hop. Be sure and hop on over to see their creations for more inspiration!

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34 comments:

  1. Well done. My favourite it the string table runner.

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  2. Your runners are all fabulous! Cowboy Chili is so much fun!

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  3. Great runners. Love the Cowboy Chili one!

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  4. Beautiful runners! I like Cowboy Chili the best I think or maybe the blues.

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  5. All three at lovely, I would not have noticed without you pointing it out.

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  6. I would not have noticed your mistake on the blue if you hadn't mentioned it. I will check out the pattern and the boondoggle ruler haven't heard of that one...like I need another ruler!!

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  7. Your runners are beautiful. I love the one with the cowboy. Thanks for sharing

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  8. I really like your quilting for the R/W/B runner and I NEVER would have noticed the mistake on your third one. Thanks for all the inspiration! MelvaLovesScraps(at)NolanQualityCustoms(dot)com

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  9. You are definitely a diamond with all three of these runners! I love the fabric and silhouettes in the first one. A boondoggle ruler is new to me, but it sure made a beautiful runner. The last runner turned out so pretty and I didn't even notice the mistake when I first looked at it. Daryl, thanks for hopping with us and sharing THREE (wow) sweet diamond projects!

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  10. You overachiever, you. :) All 3 table runners are fabulous. The silhouettes really finish off Cowboy Chili,. I bet there will be a run on the ruler. The mosaic runner is a great example of adapting a pattern to suit yourself. Good luck at the show.

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  11. Wonderful runners, all three. I couldn't even pick a favorite. You're right, I would have presumed the bottom runner was the same thing my husband used to tell me about framing - slightly larger space on the bottom is best. =) I have that ruler, too! I haven't used it in a decade, but it's a great ruler. I should drag it out and use it again with string blocks - which is how I used it before. =)

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  12. You're absolutely right. I never would have noticed that missing row. It looks great as is. Love that Cowboy Chili runner. Surely someone will just have to buy that one! I have never heard of a Boondoggle Ruler before so I followed the link to see what it was. I enjoyed all of your diamond projects!

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  13. I'll have to check out the boondoggle ruler. It sounds interesting. The cowboy/cowgirl cutouts was such a cute addition to that piece. Great diamond projects.

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  14. Regardless of your note on the missing row I love it.

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  15. All three runners are pretty. I didn't even notice the mistake in the last one. I had to give a good look over. Regardless, I think you did a great job and the mosaic is my favorite. :)

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  16. So many ways to make a diamond. Just love the cowboy/cowgirl - they have style. I had to look real close to catch your "mistake" on the last one. All your table runners are awesome.

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  17. All three of your runners are gorgeous. I love the gingham on the back of the first one. The template for the second one made the diamonds very precise. I had to look hard for the mistake on the the third one. Apparently, you had many of us fooled on that one. Great job on all the runners! Thanks for joining the hop.

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  18. Love the appliqued cow folk on your chili quilt and I would never have noticed the missing column on your final piece. I actually had to hunt it down. Lovely pieces.

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  19. Love your table runner, and I especially like the appliqued cowgirl and cowboy! Very cute!

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  20. Gorgeous table runners, Daryl. You always have great inspiration and no, I would have not noticed the blue and white missing row.

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  21. Love your table runners. Thanks so much for sharing

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  22. How pretty! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I'm 2 days behind in blog hopping, I'm so sorry. What an adorable cowboy chili quiltie! I love using appliques on quilt projects. They really make them pop! I've just printing off a zillion diamond templates to paper piece a Bonnie Hunter Quilt. Your making me want to start it now! Fun hop and your additions is fabulous!!!

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  24. That's a very fun ruler... I've never heard of it before!
    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful projects!

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  25. You have been busy! I love that background fabric on your first table runner. I've never seen that for sale, but it's very cute with a recipe included. I've never heard of a Boondoggle ruler either, but I think that middle table runner is my favourite of these three. thank you for linking up with the Peacock Party.

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  26. Love them all - well done!

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  27. I like all of your diamonds, and I probably would not have noticed your "design choice", had you not pointed it out.
    Appliques are perfect addition to the chili quilt.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Love all your projects! You've done a great job! xx

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  29. Love the string diamonds! And no, I would have missed your error on the blue runner if you hadn't pointed it out. It is still lovely.

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