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Monday, April 13, 2015

Latte Anyone?

I confess that I'm not a coffee drinker...or a latte drinker....I don't even like coffee flavored desserts.  However, I do love chai tea and I do love this fabric so I couldn't let this hop pass me by!  :)  Besides, coffee is definitely a staple at my house since my husband doesn't speak in the mornings before he's had at least two cups!

In addition to my husband one of our daughters is a coffee lover.  And the colors in these fabrics - they are perfect for her house.  So with her in mind I found a little cross stitch piece (printed, not counted) to center the other fabrics around.


Isn't this just the most perfect sentiment?

Since I've known about this hop for quite a while now, I made and photographed this table runner several weeks ago on a beautiful still-winter day



....back when the only green thing in my yard was this:


But I found that the winter browns were a perfect setting for this gorgeous fabric line!


Lying among the brown leaves provided the perfect way to showcase this table runner!



After adding the brown border to my center cross stitch piece I fussy cut strips to frame it.  I then did some "whimsical" free motion quilting.



Coffee anyone?


Many thanks to Joan at Moostash Quilting for her guidance through this hop and to Madame Samm for her constant stream of creativity!

Please be sure and visit others on this hop - you won't be disappointed!

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64 comments:

Calicojoan said...

Love your little stitchery!! It's perfect in your runner. Your daughter is sure to love it. Until about a week ago, I had all brown in my yard. Now the dandelions are in full bloom.,heck, I'd take brown over them! LOL. You have a beautiful lake to look at! Trade you for some dandelions!

Carla said...

It is beautiful there even with all that brown. Love the table runner and your daughter is so lucky to be the recipient. I'm off to rule the world...lol Love it!

Judy B said...

What a wonderful table runner and I love the little cross stitched center! Thank you for sharing.

Joanne said...

Your projects are so wonderful! I think the whimsical quilting in the table runner are perfect and add so much to the overall design. You are certainly a talented lady. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.

Heleen Groot said...

Loving your table runner! And I am not a coffee lover (anymore) either! I used to drink loads of coffee though, so I can totally see the sentiment there.... Now if you could just replace the coffee with chocolate.....you might be on to a winner there! Thank you for sharing.

Stitching Happy said...

Hello!

I love this, it's just perfect for a coffee lover.
I love the way you've photographed it too.
Happy Tuesday x

Cathy said...

It`s all lovely Marlene.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Beautiful table runner! The stitchery part is really fun, and it makes a great center for the lovely quilted runner.

Dorian said...

Very nice Marleen, wonderful work, as usual.

Jeanie said...

Darling runner, Marlene! Your little center xstitch matches it perfectly. Nice job!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very nice, Marlene! Your stitchery is beautiful

Mdm Samm said...

just imagine if you did love coffee...this runner with x stitch is lovely enough for a coffee drinker like me

tink's mom said...

The stitchery works perfectly with this fabric line. Your daughter will love it. Your design is great.

Anita said...

I love your table runner; I can almost smell and taste the delicious coffee! Cross stitches are never wrong.

Linda said...

Your little table runner is beautiful! Your photos are also really lovely! I hope it greens up soon in your part of the world!

Carol said...

The runner is beautiful and even more so in that setting! It looks so peaceful with the lake and trees. Lovely!

sunny said...

Great job! I love the stitchery, and you're right about photographing it on a brown winter background.

Lana said...

YOU DID IT AGAIN!!!! This is PERFECT!!!! I really loved how you used those panels...and showed off that lovely fabric..and of course you stitching and quilting are really neat...they show this off so well...

Mary said...

Marlene, it is perfect. I love the cross stitch. You are right it goes so well with the theme. Great use of the fabric.

krislovesfabric said...

Very pretty tablerunner, your fmq just looks fabulous :) We have been trying to round up all those brown leaves and remove them from our flowerbeds...quite a task!

Rosa said...

Such a beautiful runner and fabrics.You did it again,great job!!

of course,I have a cup of coffee.Thanks!

Createology said...

Your whimsical FMQ really enhances this design you have created. Fabulous table topper with the center Coffee Stitching. Thank you sew very much for Latte Hopping and participating. Creative Latte Bliss...

Farm Quilter said...

Lucky daughter to get such a great runner!!! Now, something for you...I also love chai tea and I found that Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasons is my favorite chia tea using a tea bag...all I add is a bit of sugar and milk!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I love the runner, and I agree with the sentiment! Your quilting is wonderful.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Wonderful projects and photos Marlene!

BarbCarol said...

Stitchery added to a sewing project always makes the item so much more special. Great photos, too, but I am really enjoying Spring greens.

Scrapatches said...

Oh, my quilty goodness! Your table quilt is gorgeous, Marlene! Wonderful use of this fabric line. A latte by the lake ... what a nice idea. A Chai Latte is one of my favorite afternoon pick me ups. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Vickie said...

Oh this is fantastic! Do you just go slow for free motion quilting like that? I have never done it. I think it makes me very nervous.

Mary Ann said...

That is a beautiful table runner. I love the quilting you did on it and the cross stitch in the center. Your daughter is sure to love it. Thanks for sharing.

Bobbie said...

Love it! The FMQ is terrific

Janarama said...

The table runner is absolutely beautiful as are your pictures.

Needled Mom said...

Your runner is beautiful, Marlene. That coffee sentiment is perfect and I agree that those fabrics were perfect for a "brown" photo shoot.

apple blossom said...

nice projects.

Renee said...

Your table runner is gorgeous! The cross-stitch is just perfect. Your daughter is sure to love it. Beautiful.

Carol said...

What a lovely table runner, Marlene--and great photography, too :)

LJ said...

Well, yes, thank you; I'd love some coffee. The table runner is so cute - that border fabric is wonderful. Love the stitching you did on the design and I totally agree..."Given enough coffee...I could rule the world!!"

Terry said...

Great table runner…love your cross stitch and those cute green chicks and hens in your yard!!!
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Barb said...

What a great coffee runner from a coffee lover!

evelyn said...

Your daughter will love this. Great job on the quilting.

MoeWest said...

I love your runner and the sentiment of the cross stitched centre. I'm like your husband and need my coffee to wake up in the morning.

gloria. said...

Very beautiful.glo

Preeti said...

Wow!! Your table runner is so pretty!! :)
It's nice that you got both cross stitched piece with coffee design, perfect for this blog theme party. The quote is very nice !!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I love it! My coffee sentiments exactly. ;-)

KaHolly said...

Delightful!

Vickie said...

Your design is so pretty ! .....your going to get big smiles when you give this to your daughter !

Corrie H. @ Mountain Stitches said...

Looks Great! Thanks for sharing.

Jane's Quilting said...

How sweet is that! I like your little runner, perfect to serve coffee, cream and sugar on. (or your tea pot)

Soma Acharya said...

Beautiful table runner. I love your stitchery.

-Soma

Patty D from NC said...

Great table runner! beautiful job

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your daughter is going to love her new table runner. You did lovely work on it!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I LOVE your table runner. The block in the center is perfect!
xx, Carol

Amy said...

Your table runner is just adorable. Love the tumbling coffee cups.

Brigitte said...

Hehehe, my husband is exactly the same in the mornings, he just doesn't need a coffee, but two cups of strong tea. After that he is ready to talk, lol.
Your coffee table runner is wonderful and its picture taken outside is really looking good.

Sunshine Girl said...

That stitchery is great and I love your table runner - love the picture you have taken of it.

creativity amongst chaos said...

Marlene, I love your table topper. What a cute piece to showcase in the center. You are so right about the browns, they are a perfect backdrop for your project. I am sure it will be loved in its new home.

Michele said...

Oh how wonderful. Nicely done.

Gabri Ercole said...

Really a nice runner so lovely colours and photoes!!I love coffe first things I do in the morning a big cup of coffee with latte!!Happy sunday

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Purple Pam said...

Great project. Love the saying. Well done.

Julie said...

Nice embroidery embelishing. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Nutley said...

Love the mix of cross stitch and quilting...always makes for something beautiful. Living by the lake must be so peaceful and inspiring.

Carrie P. said...

The center cross stitch is the perfect addition to your table runner. Looks great outdoors too.

Gmama Jane said...

Perfect color choice, size and use of cross stitch! But the echo quilting is what gives it that special touch. Lovely work Marlene
Gmama Jane

Olga Deeva said...

Amazing work!