Mother's Day

As Mother's Day was approaching, I had a hard time figuring out what to do for my mom and mother-in-law. After just moving from Seattle to MT, all my sewing supplies were in storage. Humph.

I was almost ready to settle on buying them something "unique", like lotion. (I know, I know...how creative.) But my mother-in-law had recently bought a brand new Bernina activa 230 - Patchwork Edition and she was willing to let me take it for a spin. I fell in love with the stability of the machine and the smoothness of every stitch. She has it on a roomy sewing table with attachable extensions and can lower the machine to be flush with the tabletop. Very nice! She said I could use it ANY time I wanted...so my gears started turning. What can I make in only a few days? Here's what I came up with...a spring table runner!

Here are some pics of one of them:

For the backing, I used leftover scraps so it could be reversible.

For the quilting, I stitched in the ditch and then had a bit of fun with the polka dots. I tried using the darning foot to quilt in a freehand circle around a few of them. I haven't done much before with a darning foot, but it became a little easier with each polka dot.

Welp...Happy Mother's Day! May God bless all the mom's out there!


  1. I just love the color combinations. Very lovely and creative! What's next on the quilting horizon?

  2. I love the doily Sonia has in her house on the table. I have got ideas now! I have lots of material scraps that you have, but you have to come and get them. How about making me one of those baskets that you made for your mom? Do grandmothers count, too? You are a very creative granddaughter who I love very much and can't wait to see again. Come visit us soon. Love, Grandma


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