What I’ve learned from handsewing a table runner

Handsewn Quilted Table Runner

It seemed that everything came together serendipitously to create this table runner.

I bought the Ikea fabric on impulse. I did not see the full design of it or know how much fabric I actually bought until I got home and unfolded the little fabric remnant packet. I spread the fabric out on the dining table, admiring my new purchase. “This will look great as a table runner!” I thought.

A few days later, I received a 50% discount voucher from Spotlight. What perfect timing! So off to Spotlight to get some batting and I was in over my head! I’ve never quilted before and didn’t know which one to get. But then I saw Insul-Bright and it’s insulated lining. Perfect! I bought 2 metres of it and basically got a metre free with my voucher.

I dug around in my stash and found fabric to use for the back and another one for the bias. I was thankful to have received a big bag of fabric from a friend a couple of months back. I told you, it was all meant to be.

But I didn’t do anything for months. I was too busy with other projects.

Last week, however, something clicked and I had the biggest urge to sew. So my table runner project came out of the cupboard and it slowly took shape. I got lost in stitches for days. I could have been done in an hour or two if I machine sewed the runner but I really didn’t want to rush the project. It was all about the process, the journey. Not the end product.

DIY Bias Tape

I even made my own bias tape which I’m extremely proud of. I’ve learned how to do this and the quilted table runner from this tutorial from Moda Bakeshop. It’s an awesome step-by-step for an absolute newbie to quilting.

I think the biggest influence for this runner and why I wanted to hand sew is Mairuru’s blog. After seeing all the beautiful things that she sews carefully by hand, I wanted to experience it for myself. I’ve found it therapeutic and relaxing; A form of meditation by simply being absorbed in the moment. There really is no need to rush it. I didn’t urgently need a table runner right this instant.

It’s funny how this one project made me more self-aware. I’m a person who normally enjoys reaching the goal more than getting there. I think this makes life rather unenjoyable at times. I cannot possibly reach goals or finish projects every single day but I am always working on something. I’m always in process of getting an end product.

And you know what, I’m going to start learning to enjoy the journey more. Just because it’s made me so much more happier this week. 🙂

How’s your week been?


Lost in Stitches

I had a day this week when my thoughts were running wild and my heart seem to be racing. A check of my pulse proved that it was all in my head. I was anxious. I was stressed. I desperately needed to slow things down and it doesn’t get slower than quilting by hand.

Quilt Sandwich

In, out… in, out… My breathing began to match each hand movement. A slow rhythm took over and I was blissfully lost in it. The restlessness faded and I felt whole again.

Hand quilting

Do you have days like that? What do you do to feel human again?


I would much rather be…

  • outdoors and soaking up the glorious sun
  • grocery shopping because I like food and there isn’t much left around here
  • reading a book than watch another daytime tv program
  • working and creating
  • healthy and well again

But at the moment, I can only manage this until I get over this cold:

Sleeping Beauty

What would you rather be doing today?


Join Women on the Bridge

To honor the resilience of millions of women survivors of war around the world, Women for Women International is hosting a global campaign called Join me on the Bridge on International Women’s Day: March 8, 2010.

On that day, we will bring women from Rwanda and Congo together in peace on a bridge between their countries to demand an end to war and to demonstrate that women can build the bridges to peace and development. At the same time and in solidarity, we will bring women (and men!) together on bridges throughout the world, creating a truly global movement that says NO! to war and YES! to peace and hope.”

Quoted from Women for Women website

Participants in Women for Women International's programs in both Rwanda (above) and Congo will join their handmade fabrics to create a peace banner on the bridge between their countries. Photo By: Les Stone

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend any of the bridge events but I have signed the pledge to give my support to the global Join me on the Bridge campaign. I want my government to know that I want them to invest in women. 70% of the world’s poor are women and 75% of civilians killed in war are women and children. It can’t go on like this.


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Not your typical love poem

Love is in the sleepy smiles that greet me in morning.

Morning Smiles

Love is sharing a laugh when brunch arrives with roquette adorning!


Love is dreaming of our future together –


while others wonder, will it be forever?

Etched heart

Love is smooching and cuddling your beau.

Cuddling Cats

And love is in every stitch, row after row. 🙂

Seamless Hybrid Sweater WIP

XOXO Happy Valentines Day!


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