Jan 18 11

New Video Tutorial, New Table Runner Finished and Another Give-Away!

This table runner was created pretty quickly by cutting all the applique shapes on my Sizzix machine. I used this project to illustrate how to cut applique shapes on our newest free video tutorial. You can find that tutorial here, on the homepage of our web site, and down the road, you’ll also be able to find it on the “free video tutorial page” by accessing the education tab on the homepage of the web site. If you’ve ever wondered about how a fabric cutting machine might help you in your quilting endeavors, this tutorial will show you the ropes of how it’s helped me with applique. I never would have guessed it, but I have had more fun in the last few months appliqueing my brains out, and it’s all because of this little machine!

What I really like about this table runner/door banner is the intricacy of those applique shapes:

That flourish is from this Sizzix die:

…and the center flower is from this Sizzix die:

You can play around with these dies some to arrive at the flower-look you want. You can see that I didn’t use as many petals in that bottom petal layer, and I also cut those same petals in green to create leaves:

…and you can see that a little thread work adds a nice pop of “zing” to the flower:

Notice that you can’t see any thread work on the flourish itself. That’s because when I have an applique structure THAT delicate and narrow, thread work will really only “junk it up,” you know what I mean? In that situation, all I want to do is enough stitching to secure the applique, so I quilted just inside the perimeter of the flourishes with green Invisifil thread. See how well that blends in? I guess that’s why they call it Invisifil! And one more thing…look at how changing your fabric colors can totally change that flower’s look. I did the same table runner in reds/burgundys and it’s definitely got a nice Christmas feel to it:

If you’re getting into doing applique with your Sizzix machine, we got some new dies in this week, and you can find them here.

And thanks for all the emails commiserating about needing to clean out the sewing room and sewing “stuff” that is taking over the house…I guess I’m not the only one with this problem! I made a lot of headway and I’m guessing that about 70 lbs of fabric left this house on Saturday, not to mention a lot of art supplies. I saved a few things to give away on the blog and here’s tonight’s give away offering:

This is a border print with 2 companion fabrics. I didn’t measure it but I’m guessing there are 4 to 4 1/2 yards of fabric here, so a retail value of about $40. I’m going to ask that whoever wins this pays shipping, so if you’d like the fabric for free and will pay shipping, post a comment to this email and you’re enetred in the drawing. If no one wants it because no one wants to pay shipping, then I’ll give it away locally. Comments on this give away are open until Wed 1/26/11 at 11:59 pm. Good luck!


  1. Kelly Jackson Says:

    I would be more than happy to pay for shipping for this beautiful fabric!!! LOL I really like the combination.


  2. robin Says:

    I’d love your fabric, and would be happy to pay shipping. Gorgeous table runner, by the way! :)

  3. leeanne Says:

    gee, if I won the fabric I would be happy to pay postage…..thank you.

  4. margo Says:

    I LOVED your video! Speaking from one teacher (3rd grade) to another teacher (you) your lesson was fabulously delivered!
    Thank you and put me in for the fabric drawing. :0)

  5. Teresa Vicars Says:

    Patsy, I am making Safe House quilts and the fabrics would help a lot. They are beautiful.

  6. diohej Says:

    I like these beautiful fabrics. Of course, pay for shipping.

  7. Shelley Rodgers Says:

    oh! those are exactly my daughter’s favorite colors … she’s got a new bed and this would be a perfect ‘bed warming’ present!

    Re the Sizzix dies .. thank you for the tip on the Invisifil thread for the applique. I had stayed away from the delicate dies like that for exactly the reason you mentioned but will certainly give your technique a try. The Sizzix dies have opened up a whole new universe of quick *and* beautiful applique for me!

  8. Lynn Says:

    My husband, also known as Mr. Smarty Pants, among others, tells me that the floor is sagging from the weight of all the fabric. I’m thinking a 2 ton floor jack and a few nails and voila…..could hold twice as much fabric as what is there now! What’s he know about a “reasonable” fabric stash anyway.

  9. Nancy Says:

    Oh my….you must have lots of beautiful quilting items in your sewing room. Please keep finding more for all of us to enjoy. Thanks for your kindness!

  10. shout4joy Says:

    I’d gladly pay shipping!

    I am finally intrigued by the Sizzix machine…

  11. Debbie S. Says:

    Count me in the fabric is beautiful! Paying for shipping is a sweet deal, thank you for the lovely offer Patsy!

  12. Connie Says:

    I would love to pay the shipping for this group of beautiful fabric, sure sounds like you are having a lot of fun with the Sizzix machine. would have loved to see what was in the 70 lbs of fabric!

  13. Scott Guthrie Says:

    Even your “give-away” stuff is beautiful…and that Sizzix is magic.

  14. Leslie McNeil Says:

    Patsy, what (another!) GREAT video on the Sizzix and the lovely, most grand, FLOURISHES! (Said in my best french accent) No, I’m not french!!! :) Beautiful table runner! Thanks again!

  15. SewCalGal Says:

    Excellent video Patsy. Inspirational. Love that table runner too. I hope you’ll create a video to show tips on how you quilt it.

    My messy sewing room doesn’t need any more fabric at this time, but your beautiful fabric is very tempting.


  16. Margaret Says:

    Our “Quilters for a Cause” group can use all the fabric we can get!

  17. MJ Says:

    I would gladly pay for shipping if I won this fabric! Also.. I LOVE the table runner! Beautiful.

  18. Donna Olson Says:

    I love to make quilts to be auctioned at the Church World Service auction and these would make a great quilt. Shipping of course I would be willing to pay it. Thanks for offering it.

  19. Katie Says:

    I love the table runner. it would look so right in my dining room! ;-) The give away fabric is nice too. I can imaging lots of nice things made with it.

  20. louisa lawson Says:

    I would love to receive this fabric – I could use it with my group of students with mental health problems. We are always looking for fabric and these would make marvellous quilt backings for their quilts. I would be more than happy to pay the postage.

  21. OHSue Says:

    You are making me want a Sizzix more and more. Not as much as I want that fabric, of course!

  22. Marilyn W Says:

    Sign me up! I’ll pay shipping…just let me know when you need my address!

    Marilyn W
    marilynjw1971 (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. Jeanne Says:

    I love the fabric and would be happy to pay shipping if I win it. I really enjoyed your sizzix video. Die cuts are alot of fun.

  24. Peggy Says:

    I just love the fabric and would be more than glad to pay postage. I love the delicate appliques on the table runner.

    I just recently got a machine and am having fun trying new things. I managed to get all of the quilting squares, triangles, etc and quite a few applique’s. Got them at the Houston show. A good amount are still on back order (the newest ones)

  25. Barbara Says:

    I don’t usually enter these drawings because I certainly don’t need another thing in my house. But, I LOVE this colorway. I’d be thrilled to be the winner and gladly pay shipping costs.

  26. Maureen Elkins Says:

    Wow! This is so generous of you. It would be an honor to win something from you. I must add that all of us here want to thank you for all your hard work in putting your skills on a website for us to learn. Shipping costs are of course expected and I would gladly pay them.

  27. Betsey Ryan Says:

    Please include my name in your fabric draw. My Guild is into making “cuddle quilts” and pillow cases.
    TTFN Betsey

  28. Mary Carter Says:

    Please include me in your fabric drawing. I will most gladly pay for the shipping. Thanks so much

  29. Nancy Rehak Says:

    Hi Patsy -

    What a beautiful table runner! And what beautiful fabric. I would be happy to pay shipping if I’m lucky enough to win the fabric.


  30. Angela Brady Says:

    I love your fabrics and would be happy to pay for shipping if I’m chosen. Thank you for your blog. I am always learning something new.

  31. Nancy Says:


    First of all the table runner is beautiful. I think the Sizzix machine will be my next purchase! The video was great, by the way. I would gladly pay the shipping on the fabric.

    Thanks for all your great ideas! This is a wonderful site.

  32. Liz H Says:


    My “Patsy Widower Husband”, says that its OK with him as the quilting is coming on a treat. I know I am a bit far away from yourselves, but, is I won the fabric I wouls gladly pay for the shipping.

    speak to you soon, as i said the best site on the web.

  33. Roberta Says:

    The fabrics are beautiful and I would love to have them. I see a gorgeous quilt in those fabrics!


  34. Jean Bremner Says:

    Thank you for sharing your stuff! I love the fabric, it is soo beautiful I would gladly pay the shipping! Please send it my way!



  35. Alice Says:

    Love the fabric and would love to win it.

  36. Teresa Harich Says:

    Shipping?? Not a problem!! I’d love to win this fabric and pay for shipping.

  37. Carole Corn Says:

    The fabric is just the right colors to fit into my stash and I need fabric to keep practicing this addictive habit you have introduced me to!! My first order hasn’t even arrived yet and here I am ordering again…..well it’s o.k. it IS on SALE!! LOL

  38. Carol Sida Says:

    Hi, I too love the fabric. I’m already thinking of ways to use it! Don’t we all need more fabric….Thanks

  39. thomas e smith Says:

    Hi Patsy

    What a wonderful thing your doing. All of us are standing in line drooling over the fabric and things. I want to get into one of your classes sometime. I have your dvd’S and will send a pic along of a quilt I appliqued and quilted using your fast and free. Its such fun and I’m one of those quilters that thought only hand quilting was the thing…..no more.

    Thanks Thanks Thanks

  40. Donna Cook Says:

    Are you kidding? Shipping costs would be nothing compared to what one would be getting. I actually have a small piece of the fabric pictured on the left, and have always loved it, but don’t have enough to do much with it at this point, so I look at it every now and then. I want to use it in something special. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  41. Leda Kim Says:

    Your work is beautiful. Bad enough I’m addicted to your DVDs but now I want a Sizzix machine!!!

  42. Gina Says:

    I’d love to be the recipient of this beautiful fabric! Postage is no problem :)

  43. Jan Hood Says:

    I wish my brain worked half as good as yours. Very nice of you to provide give-aways. I’d gladly pay the postage. Thanks much. Jan in VA

  44. Mary Engells Says:

    I would give that fabric a nice home and pay for shipping!

    Mary in TX

  45. Betty Green Says:

    The fabric is beautiful and I would gladly pay the shipping.

  46. Ann Lee Says:

    Would love to have this pretty fabric and would be glad to pay the shipping. What a generous offer.

  47. Evelene Sterling Says:

    Wow such beautiful fabric; I know a good home for it and I’ll pay the shipping for it also.

  48. Teodora Says:

    Well, could someone resist to such a great give-away :D ? Thank you for considering me in (accepting, too, the delivery conditions)
    And also thank you for all your valuable lessons and information shared here over time. :X

  49. Brita Says:

    This fabric looks like some I had in blue, yummy. I’m glad you’re having fun cleaning out stuff, it’s so freeing! Yes, I’d pay for shipping if you want to send it to me :-)

  50. Marcia W. Says:

    Lovely fabric – I’ll pay for the shipping too. Enjoyed your applique photos.

  51. Maria Nickler Says:

    Great Give-a-way!!!! Something wonderful to be made is just waiting for someone lucky.

  52. Pat Press Says:

    How can you bear to give up these lovelly fabrics , but I guess it is called recycling, I would be happy to pay shipping if I was a lucky one.

  53. Deanna Says:

    Wonderful fabric–I am kind of in a red phase (or want to be) and this fabric would be a welcome addition. Thanks for the chance.

  54. Joan Says:

    Hi from Northern Mn. were the snow is blowing and the temps. keep a person inside. Perfect for sewing. Love your cd’s could use more fabric to practice on Thanks

  55. Debra Says:

    Great addition to anyones stash. Shippings no problem!

  56. Dianne Giles Says:

    Lovely fabric Patsy. I would be happy to pay for shipping (to Australia even!!) if I am lucky to win this giveaway. Great video too by the way. Cheers, Dianne

  57. Donna Cooper Says:

    All the quilts I make are donated to different charities. I would be more than happy to pay for the shipping.
    Thank You for the opportunity!!

  58. Phyllis Says:

    Just “stumbled” on your site today. Would LOVE to pay shipping on this fabric! Hope your arm is better soon.

  59. coleen emerick Says:

    That fabric is wonderful. And that stripe is just what I’ve been looking for! Send me the fabric & I will GLADLY pay the postage! Love your work.

  60. Pat Jacobs Says:

    Wow I would be more then glad to pay shipping on the lovely fabric if I were to win.

  61. Peggy Says:

    Beautiful fabric and I would be happy to pay the shipping! Thanks for offering it. I sure do hope your wrist is better soon!!!

  62. Joan Says:

    Wow, that is beautiful fabric. AND a stripe, oh what fun I could have with that. Pay shipping? YOU BET I WOULD!!! I can see using the fabric in table toppers, would use the one on the right as the center, then the stripe as the borders and the other as back.
    I hope your wrist is healing, I had a ganglion cyst on one of my knuckles a couple years ago, was painful to even touch the finger so can sympathize with you. It took a whole year for that thing to go away, there is still a tiny bump there, but at least it isn’t painful anymore.

  63. Beth Burgess Says:

    Like most quilters, the occurrence of wrist and elbow pain is common. It is more painful to have to sit back and not quilt/sew. I hope you heal fast. Thanks for the great free offer I would love to have this.

  64. Pamela Goodman Says:

    Gorgeous fabric! I would pay the shipping in a heartbeat!
    Hope your wrist feels better soon!