Cottages Revisited and Table Runners

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I've been sewing table runners and really enjoying making more cottages and little houses to star in them. The cottages and doll houses are addicting because I can dress each one to be unique and be a builder of fabric houses.
Above is a quilted and completed table runner in red, green and yellow. It is hard to get a photo of the entire length of a table runner all in one shot.
So I'll show the runners in chunks. These table runners are going on vacation with me in 2 weeks. I wonder why??
I quilted it myself to enhance the architecture of each little cottage. It was fun but it took forever.
I think I got it this one too long though. We'll see how it works out. And I made another one. This one is in green and yellow with the Blank Quilting border in a frosty green.
It isn't quilted yet but I hope to take care of that this weekend.
I really like sewing the rick rack like this after seeing Diane put rick rack in her pot holder. It totally finishes the cottages off.I used the yellow back ground of the same Blank Quilting fabric (thanks Janean!) to make yet another cottage runner. Both color ways of the border fabric are a perfect finishing touch.More quilting to do this weekend. I know there are a lot of these pictures but I couldn't stop making the cottages!
I am almost out of that orange fabric that the roof is made out of on the left. It is vintage and I've used it and reused it for the past 5 years. I wish I could get more of it.
I also used my Tumbler Bows baby quilt pattern to make a table runner with a different theme. You can't make too many runners ya know.
I still want to make a couple more toppers/runner. We'll see how much time I have and how much I get quilted Saturday. I'm not through yet!

Stick with me a little longer for a big treat post. You've got to visit Sarah and see her beautiful cottage quilt and play by play of her visit with the famous and lovely Monica. Both Sarah and Monica are so incredibly talented. I really enjoy reading both of their blogs and getting to know them. It was surprising to me to read several blogs this week and see so many of us meeting with each other in the real world. I just wish I could have been along with each little meeting. I can't wait to read Sarah's next installment of her visit in Monicaland.

-nanette
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Sherri said...

Wow Nanette! You've been busy! I love, love, love the cottage table runners! And the tumbler runner is amazing! Wow! I'm always so inspired to play with fabric after reading your posts!

Karen said...

Hi N, Your cottages are toooo cute for words;) They're so cheerful and your fabrics are so unique. Thanks for so much inspiration;)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Nanette, Sherri is right after reading your post I get soooo inspired to quilt. Aha, so you are the one making my laundry pile up!!!
I adore your runners and the lucky people who get them will be thrilled as well. I need to start my pink village soon, especially after seeing your houses. Love them, just love them all!! and the scalloped edge, beautiful.

MichelleB said...

Love the table runners! They are so cute! I need to get busy making some.

Darlene said...

Wowzer, you have been a busy woman. I'm super impressed and I love the tumbler table runner - very cute, indeed.

Fiesta said...

Nanette beautiful runners.
I too have been making some but with leftover 9 patches.

belinda said...

I can't say enough how cute these are....funny...I got a runner 'sanwiched' this weekend too...but mine is a total opposite of yours...I would have machine quilted mine already but I think it needs variegated thread...not one spool of this in the house....and since I'm 65 miles from the closest 'gettin' place'...it's draped across the banister waiting for my next trip to the 'big city'....LOL...I'm sure you wanted to know all of this...must be the extra caffine I had this morning......anyway, love your cottages!!

Purple and Paisley said...

oh, your runners are wonderful! i am absolutely loving yellow right now...but my fave? your tumbler block runner - i love it! ☺

Lynn said...

Uh-oh I am feeling a strong urge to drop everything else I'm doing and try this. I had fun making my halloween cottage quilt - but never thought about table runner. Now there are all sorts of ideas running through my head!

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

O.K. girl! Firs the tumbler table runner is totally do die for!!! Oh my goodness!! Now those cottages and little houses are one of my favorites right now. I am thinking that today I will put all the projects I'm working on, aside and make some! I just LOVE them. O.K. I need to finish posting this comment so I can go back and drool over that table runner. If you need to give it to anyone, you could totally send it to me. It wouldn't hurt my feelings at all. ;o) ooxx

Kim said...

Like Jodi, I absolutely LOVE your bow tumbler table runner! It's delightfully fun and charming! It will look really nice on a table.

Thanks for the sharing the pics of all of your cottages. They look really great!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG I love your runners. The cottages are adorable. I've got to make some of those!!

Living on the Spit said...

All the runners are gorgeous!!! You always inspire me and get my creative juices flowing, but I must say that Tumbler runner is just stunning.

sarahmurray said...

Oh my SWEET goodness!!!! I'm in love with the runners. Really I am. Really really. The way the cottages alternate up and down is SO CUTE!! And the tumbler one too, wow. I'm with the other gals, now I want to make runners! I must do my next Monica post first... Wish you could have been there Nanette!! xoxo

Thimbleanna said...

Wouldn't it be fun if we could all be together at the same place and time? Your houses are, as always, adorable. Whatever they're for {wink}{wink}, I'm sure they'll be loved!

Momoo said...

Always enjoy looking at what you do with your cottage blocks. When do you find time to sew so much with a large family. You amaze me :)

Gwendie said...

wonderful! fun! fantastic! I *love* the way you used the fabrics. I see teapots and cups in windows and people in doors and ... and ... and.... The rick rack really does add the perfect touch. I wish I could see these in person. You've inspired me to start a collection of conversation prints - on a theme. Just, well, FUN!!!

And ... the way you pieced the tumblers is such a great idea. Love it!!!

Sharleen said...

How fun to have new table runners. They are absolutely darling! Wish I could say I've been as productive as you, but...... I love visiting your blog and seeing all your fun projects and fabric. It's like a mini refresher for the soul! Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Your sure get a lot done--I feel like I spin wheels a lot!! Love the cottages and the bow runner--so cute. Have a nice day. Julie

Eileen said...

Hmmm.. wonder where all those table runners are ending up. :-D

You are so right.. the ric-rac applied that way just makes the house look like it has scalloped trim along the roof.. like on a real cottage. LOVE it. I can't decide which one I love the best. they are all wonderful.

Off to read sarah's blog..

happy zombie said...

Oh Nanette... I wish you could have been there too! Road trip west, ok! Mi casa es su casa... ANYTIME! Did you hear a big thump about 10 minutes ago? That was me falling out of my chair after I read your comment on Sarah's post. Tiz I who feels that way about you!

And a part of you was at Karen's studio... Sarah showed-n-told her cottage quilt, as well as she had her "Nanette bag" with her. Next time we'll have to get all of you there - not just bits and pieces.

I love your runners and how you flip flopped the houses. That is GENIUS!!! And I love, "be a builder of fabric houses". Love that. Love you!

jen duncan said...

So easy to see how these houses could be completely addicting! Love them all Nanette. :-)

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

This is adorable. I love table runners, and especially quilted tablerunners. Love it.
Blessings,
Debbie

loulee said...

Love your table runners, very pretty.
I had a real world meeting recently and loved every minute of it.

sparkle jars said...

Now I'm in the mood to make houses and cottages...loved this post. :-)

~D Spack~ said...

Your ric rac is lookin' "awfully" nice!:)In my humble way...thanks! Love the table runners, they are so happy! I bet your sisters will love them too!:)

XUE said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! And I do so love that "teapots" material!

Mushyhed said...

Wow! You are a cottage making machine :0). Loving all the cute runners. You're going to have some happy recipients.

Gerry said...

This is just darling. Such a lot of work and love put into it!

Joy said...

Gorgeous little housey tablerunners ... Love the sweet surprise through every window, what a fabulous idea!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

QuiltChick said...

OMG I love your runners!! Houses, tumblers....lots of red, too cute! Love your blog!

Lily Boot said...

oooh nanette your table runners are very pretty and as always you have such lovely fabrics! I love the tumbler bows! I've not seen the tumblers done like that - they are so effective!

Dawn said...

You are amazing!!

w&v said...

V. here.... Your cottages are precious. The table runners are great. I love them all!! v.

Trisha said...

I agree, you can't have too many table runners. I have been making them lately and really enjoying it. I just figure I can switch them out regularly. Love your Tumbler Bows runner.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Love what you have done with the cottages!

You can never have too many table runners!

Shari said...

I agree! You can never have too many table runners. These are just gorgeous!! And just lovely lovely house blocks - delightful. It shows just how much home and family mean to you. And such a clever use of tumbler blocks... will have to tuck that layout into my library...
Hugs - Shari

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Nanette,
You have been one busy lady and love all of it. I was just telling my husband and son that I could build something out of lumber, since I sew. They just laughed, but I really think we have a head start on construction.
You put together those houses so cute, anyone would love to live in them.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Susan said...

Oh, Nanette, these are so cute and guess what I have cut and ready and waiting to be assembled? A few of your house blocks from last autumn. Now I am going to make them into a autumn runner...you are so creative.

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh Gosh these are wonderful!

clare's craftroom said...

Goodness me , runner heaven ! They all look so pretty .

Lori Holt said...

How bright and cheerful you're rows of cottages look - I want to live on the friendly street that you have created.
What a talent you have Nanette,
they are so darling:)
Lori

Mel said...

I love your idea of making runners with the darling cottages!

The yellow and green one is SOOOO CUTE!!!

I love runners because they are more likely to get done!

Janet said...

They look fantastic, I don't even own a runner, maybe I'll have to make one because I love yours.

potsandpins said...

How do you do it? Serioulsy! How do you get so much done?!? You put me to shame! I love, love, love all of your runners and I desperately want to make myself some but right now I'm working on the quilt from hell, making all kinds of mistakes, and I just can't stop myself until I'm done! Thanks for the great pics and for posting the links to Sarah and Monica's blog - what a great trip she had!! Okay, back to work! xo, The Other Nanette

Trudy Callan said...

Wow! You have a gift.

I've been enjoying your blog. I would love for you to come and visit my blog as well, www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com .

My 8 year old daughter has her own sewing blog. If you would like to see what she's up to, go to www.sewingsister.blogspot.com . She is currently learning how to hand sew. In a few weeks she will start learning how machine sew. She is very excited. Her six year old brother is also featured on her blog. He has been sewing right along with us. It's been a lot of fun sharing this with them.

Regards,

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

andsewon said...

Oh what pretty runners!!! Love those 'lil homes! I have the fabs now need to get busy!!! This was such an uplifing and inspiring post...for me today anyway!!
Lucky ones to receive a work of art of yours!!!
Lola

Annette said...

Your runners are just darling! I have to say that my favorite house is the yellow one....of course. Very pretty!

Candace said...

OMG - I think I'm inspired to keep making the adorable cottages! I also have to have that tumbler pattern - LOL! Thanks, Nanette, for the link to Sarah and what a great story about her visit with Monica!
Cheers!

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love them all! Especially the tumblers. That is sooo cute!

Muddling Through said...

Oh, Nanette, you shame me! Everything looks so pretty and fresh, and it's just too hot here to move. It's got to get better soon.....

I'm loving those tumblers!

madrekarin said...

Nanette- You make me want to run to my sewing room, cast everything aside that I am currently working on and make runners. Oh, you quilty temptress you!

Micki said...

The cottage table runner is stunning! You have really made each cottage so cute!
You are such an inspiration!
Micki

Julia said...

Wow Nanette! You've been busy! I love the cottage table runners! Your fabrics just compliment it all so well.
Julia ♥

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Those are amazing! One is prettier than the next.

Oh, and I saw all of your pretty swap fabrics you sent to Jenny. Yowsa! I hear by proclaim you the queen of cute kitchen prints.
What a lovely group you received, too!

Kimberly :)

Jackie said...

Eeeeeeek!! I just love each of these table runners! Nanette you have outdone yourself. The cottages, well oh my they are fantastic in any color. The yellow one, I guess I am partial to that, because my house is a bright yellow (happy and cheerful). The tumbler bows are fantastic, I just love them! Wow!

Nan said...

You have given each house runner such whimsy and personality - I'm in love with them all! The tumbler runner is to die-for adorable, too.
I did see Sarah's post about her visit to chez Monica - lucky girl, she is!

julieQ said...

I absolutely love your house red/green table runner! Just darling, and it would be so cute in Halloween fabrics.

dotti white said...

Every single bit of your stitching and creativity is beautiful and absolutely inspiring to me! Thank you!