Let the beauty of what you love be what you do
-Jal ad Din Rumi

And so the quote is so perfect for this post. Design, quilt, teach that is what I have chosen to do since I left public school teaching Kindergarten and First graders….but me thinks quilting chose me even before I knew it. Today is the day Quiltmaker
magazine has assigned as my day for the blog tour. Use this link to find out the other designers that are featured today.

If you are new to my blog a big ol’ Southern Hey Ya’ll
(that means Hi and Welcome in the deep south!). If you are a regular reader I love you more than my self cleaning oven…AND THAT IS A LOT…welcome home.

Here is my block which is on page 20 and is block number 18! To allow my block to be in this particular issue of Quiltmaker is an honor I cannot begin to describe (you don’t suppose there is another Pat/Silver Thimble Quilt Co. do you?)

I have taken the motif from this design and made a little table runner as an extra project idea for the motif.. Here is how it was made. Keep reading cuz there are some surprises coming.. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet but that is not my strong suit!

First cut 8: 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background squares. and sew them together like so.

I like to pop those intersecting seams don’t you??? Splay the fabric ya know. Why? Makes the fabric behave and lay reeely flat and it makes the cutest little four patch on the back. (I’m easily entertained).

Next lets add sum borders. How about 3 1/2″ wide. Is that okay with you? You can add bigger or smaller to yours OF COURSE!

Now we are going to make the applique’ motif’s. Make some bias stems by using a bias tape maker..this one is 3/8″. If you don’t have any of these little babies..get in the car and go get them they come in lots of sizes. You won’t regret it. Or ask Santa to park some in your stocking this year. What’s up with this photo looks like I have a fungus on my ironing board. sorry.

I used different 9 different reds, two greens and four golds as the fabrics for the motifs.

Now we are going to put the fusible on the back of the motifs. I like Heat n’ Bond Lite. I like to Window Pane or as Pat Sloan calls it…Donut method, my applique’s . You trace the motifs onto the paper side of the fusible, cut a scant amount around the outside edges of the fusible and cut the middle out, then fuse it to the back side of the fabric…

Then you cut the motifs out on the drawn line, leaving a tiny bit of fusible along the backside edges. Now you are ready to set up and fuse the motifs to the base/background table runner.

Lets just have fun with the design and throw those Southern Blooms in the air and let them land on the background…Lets not over plan the placement of each little piece ok?

OK I didn’t mean that crazy.

How about this?
Alas, our little runner must be “deflowered” (ouch) so that we can button hole/blanket stitch the stems..so remove the flower heads..and stitch all the stems down. I used a variegated green thread.

Add those flower heads back..fuse and applique’.I used a barn red variegated for the flower heads and a gold variegated for the middles.DONE…

The whole process took me 4 hours start to finish.

Now for the finale. I will offer two prizes in honor of this posting. If you comment on this post by 12 am (thad be midnight PST…and I personally will be nite nite) I will put your name in the random number generator thingy and the first winner will win a copy of the magazine! WOOO HOOOO. The second winner will win this very runner..The one I made. It is not quilted yet but it will be quilted just for you…holey moley it could be YOU

I will post the winners on Saturday morning at 9 a.m (thad be EST) READY SET GO…good luck sweet people somebody in Atlanta LUVS YA!!!!

PS. I’m trying to decide if I would like to add ric rack as a finishing for the edges or regular bias binding…hmm what do you think?


  1. 1

    To finish, hmm not sure what you mean by that?? HA just kidding since I have so many UFOs! What about prairie points all around?

    Congrats on being 1 of 100 Blocks!


  2. 2

    Very cute block! OH I love the rick rack it just adds to the whimsy of the quilt in mho.
    congrats on being in the magazine.

  3. 3

    love this block – i’d choose ric rac but i’d ric rac everything given half a chance!!

  4. 4

    Oh wow….love the table runner….what a fun giveaway…you always have fun ones…

  5. 5

    I love appliqued blocks. Your tablerunner is great, I love ric racs but I think the table runner would be also perfect without ;-)))

  6. 6

    I’d like the runner please as you know how I feel about HA. But I think it is really cute!

  7. 7

    What a great blog! Gotta love a fellow Southerner!! This is a great block and reeeeaaallly love that you used so many fabrics. This is a great use of that jelly roll I have with neutrals!! Thanks and I like this a lot better than doing the potholder I was planning to make when I bought that! Much as I want this 100 Blocks issue, pick ME for the table runner!! I can promise it a good Southern home in VA with or without ricrac. It’s cute as a button and I’ll take it with any kind of finishing around the border.

    Have bookmarked your site so I can come back and see y’all.

  8. 8

    Congrats for having your beautiful block published in the magazine and thanks for this giveaway !!!
    I’m a beginner and trying to learn as much as I can.
    Thanks sooo much for the picture tutorial and for the laugh… yeap… you crack me up, specially with your comment about your ironing board and the part when the Southern Blooms land on the background … LOL !!!
    Oh how lovely the table runner is ! I do like the rick rack on it !

  9. 9

    So great to be led to your blog through this blog hop. Must confess that is 3:30 a.m. my time and here I am. I would choose the rickrack. I think it picks up the feel of the applique. Will be back to spend more time here. Thanks.

  10. 10

    Love your block and table runner! I do like how the ric-rac looks on the edge. :0)

  11. 11

    I love the block, runner AND rickrack. I want to know how to apply it of course, so I’ll be asking when I see you. Karmen

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    I vote for regular binding so it won’t distract from the posies :0)

    Congradulations again for being published…it has to be YOU, there can’t be two of ya…the world would explode!!! LOL


  13. 13

    Great block and table runner! I like the ric rac variation. Enjoy being in the top 100!
    Thank you for the give- away.

  14. 14

    Love the table runner. Congrats on being in the magazine.

  15. 15

    Love the runner…I like it without the rick rack as your focal point shifts when you add it on. Just my opinion

  16. 16

    I love the rick rack…..really adds to it. Love your runner. Again…congrats on being in the Quiltmaker block issue!

  17. 17

    I love your block and hope I win your sweet giveaway! The table runner is wonderful! I love the rick rack finish.

  18. 18

    Your block is really fun–I like the rick-rack rip. Congratulatons on being featured in the magazine, Sugar! (or Baby is another one we use here!)

  19. 19

    I love the sweet runner. Congrats on having your block featured. I like rick rack or prairie points might be really cute too.

  20. 20

    I reckon I’d go for a nice red binding just to add another dimension. Love your flowers.

  21. 21

    Great block! Still cannot wait to get a copy of the magazine! I like the ric-rack on the edges. I think Mr. Quilt Boy would too. Very funny post.

  22. 22

    Please enter me in your contest. I just spent yesterday in ATlanta. I like the ric-rac

  23. 23

    Rick Rack! It goes so cute with it!

  24. 24

    I love the ric rack! Thanks so the lovely pattern idea for your really great applique!

  25. 25

    Wow!!! Love your flowers. They look great. That little quilt is so gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. 26

    I love how you used your block in the runner.
    I think it would look good with rick rack and with binding, beautiful piece, either way.


  27. 27

    I definitely like the ric rac and I love the block.

  28. 28

    Rick rack!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. 29

    Nice block. I like the rickrack also. I hope I win!

  30. 30

    Congratulations on being in the mag. You block is adorable.
    Oh, I’m all over the rick-rack it looks great. This is one time I think I’d rather be second than first because it would be an honor to win this table runner. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and sharing your talents.

  31. 31

    The applique design makes up nice into a table runner. I know you are proud to have your block chosen for the magazine.

  32. 32

    you can never go wrong with ric rac … can you?

  33. 33

    Congrats on having your block published! I like the ric rac look. Thanks for tutorial and the giveaway!

  34. 34

    Congratulations. What a thrill for you! I love the little table runner and may have to give that a try for my house. I also love the idea of ric rac.

  35. 35

    In my opinion rick rack makes everything better, so go for it! congratulations for being in the magazine…you certainly keep good company! thanks for the giveaway chance.

  36. 36

    ric rac!!! i’d love to win either prize.. thanks for offering 2!!

  37. 37

    What a cute project and one I can reasonably finish! This would make a great gift for several on my list and they may get it for the holidays THIS year. Congrats on being one of the 100 designers.

  38. 38

    It’s Pat perfect. ANd the runner is a winner, just like me

  39. 39

    Great block and a great pattern for the tablerunner, sure would love to win it!

  40. 40

    Oh, Pat, you do not disappoint! You bring the joy out in every post. I love the rick rack to finish it off. Congrats on being in the magazine. Your southern hospitality and generosity is showing:)

  41. 41

    Holy molly!, I just watched your block on the quiltmaker main page, I got a tummy ache thanks to you and your block, ( I got that when I see something and I like it very much, like now, I’m not kidding, it’s for real!), I’d like to win the table runner, pleaseeeeee, pick me, lol

  42. 42

    Hmmmm I told you I got a tummy ache watching your table runner, I forgot to say which option I preffer, I guess both are fine, but I guess rick racks will look so cute with the design of the floating flowers :), congrats on being one of the 100 blocks!, I saw you before on blogland!

  43. 43

    love the table runner! would be just right on my new dining table.
    And I gotta win, cause today is MY BIRTHDAY – YA’LL
    Beth in Dallas

  44. 44

    For the finish I like the Bias binding the best, the rick rack seems to take away from your design. I really need to practice more on my appliques, I love the look of them.


  45. 45

    Congratulations! You are a hoot! Loved reading your Blog entry. I like the rick rack. It’s different and I haven’t ever seen a tablerunner with a rick rack finish.

  46. 46

    Congrats on getting published.. Would love to be entered in your drawing. Beautiful table runner.

  47. 47

    Oh my goodness Pat CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so proud of you! Love your pattern. Goodness I didn’t know I knew such a famous designer 😉 One of these daze…….. I’m coming to one of your workshops.

  48. 48

    i vote for the ric rac… adds a bit of whimsy.
    love that little runner.

  49. 49

    Love the rick rack idea – just the perfect thing to finish it off! Congrats on being included in the magazine.
    Laura T

  50. 50

    Congratulations on being one in 100! Your block is very cute!~ and I think I can even handle the applique! :-)) I’d go with regular binding so it didn’t detract from the cute flowers. Thanks for having this fun giveaway!

  51. 51

    I think I want to try that, except, I think I will toss it up and see how it lands randomly. What a wonderful post, and for your particular one, I would choose rick rack. It looks like a rick rack type of runner to me.
    Congrats on being part of that 100 book. That looks so very neat. Can’t wait for my copy.

  52. 52

    I love the rick rack instead of binding. And I would almost like to win the runner more than the magazine! Very cute!

  53. 53

    I love the tablerunner, it goes perfectly with a little needlepunch project I did for my dining room. *Don’t put me in for a mag. I won one. The block is fabulous, and the “deflowering” comment was funny..

  54. 54

    Nice block

  55. 55

    Wow!! A book and the table runner. You are so gracious. I like the rick rack.

  56. 56

    Oh I love it with the ricrack!!! Gee, I would love to be 2nd and win that quilt. Wanting to be 2nd sounds funny but then I never try to win things and never do either. I feel like I won something when I just discovered your blog a few days ago. Thanks for the sweet email back. I am having a big giveaway over a couple of weeks and it starts this coming week. I hope you will stop by.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  57. 57

    I like bias binding; but with this runner….the ric rac makes it so cute!! I truly enjoyed reading your blog; and congratulations on being in the 100.

  58. 58

    As much as I love binding, the rick rack adds a zing to this project. Very cute!


  59. 59

    It’s beautiful.

  60. 60

    Congratulations on your block! Bet you’re dancing the happy dance all day today! I love the colors. Can’t decide on the finish ’cause I really like the bias binding but the wicky-wacky is great,too. You decide when I win!!

  61. 61

    congrats to you…what an honor! Lovin’ the ric rac…the block is adorable. What fun you must be having right now. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  62. 62

    Love your block…and your blog. It’s good hearing from a southern girl.

  63. 63

    Wow, not only a cute blog, but how nice to show the progress.

  64. 64

    Congratulations on being in the magazine. I like your block, it really looks like a southern bloom. I’m from southwest Georgia, not too far away.

  65. 65

    Oh yeah, rick rack is it!! It’s the icing on your cake of whimsy! As much as I’d like to win the magazine, that table topper would look awfully nice on my dining room table! 🙂 Anyway, congrats on being included in this cool magazine!!

  66. 66

    Congratulations dear friend! Your block looks wonderful. I especially like your tablerunner !!! So glad that you were chosen to be included in the magazine!!!!!

  67. 67

    The placement of the flowers is so free. Hope I win.

  68. 68

    Very cute block and an even cuter runner. I like the ric rac.

  69. 69

    Oh my goodness…68 people have posted before me. I am not going to win the wonderful book with this really great block on page 20…hmmm who is that? Why Pat!! Great job Pat. Kristie

  70. 70

    Oh my goodness, your tablerunner is beautiful! Thank you so much for the oportunity to win the magazine or your tablerunner! Congratulations on being in the magazine, it is well deserved!

  71. 71

    I vote for ric-rac! Love the tutorial…thanks so much for sharing!

  72. 72

    Well I personally like the ric rac. It really adds a different touch. Congratulations on being in the book.

  73. 73

    Such a cute table runner. I love how the stems flow out into the border. Gives it a 3D effect.

  74. 74

    Boy, where was that applique method when I first started out. I think my first appliques came out like cardboard for all the heat and bond I used! LOL Just found your blog not too long ago and love it. I just started quilting again, so it’s great to read your blog. Congratulations on being in the magazine! What an honor!

  75. 75

    I love the tablerunner and I’d go with the ric rac! Congrats on the block in the magazine!
    Donna in NE La.

    k d maine 77 at yahoo dot com

  76. 76

    What a playful table runner and block! Enjoyed reading your blog!

  77. 77

    How sweet of you Pat!

  78. 78

    I like the ric rac – looks so cute and would be an honor to win!

  79. 79

    I love your block and your runner would look great on my island….

  80. 80

    I really love the table runner *sighs*

  81. 81

    Incredible! Thanks for sharing you talents. I’ve been a library tech for 25 years. Love those kids!

  82. 82

    Greetings from Albany, Western Australia. I wold love to win this runner – use the ordinary edge not the ric rac. It is just the right colours for my dining room. regards Sam

  83. 83

    Nope! No rickrack! The piece looks cleaner without it.

    Congratulations on being in the 100 block book. Your block is adorable!

  84. 84

    ooh I hope I am in time? I’d love to win either the magazine or the runner.

  85. 85

    Congratulations, Pat, and a great tutorial.

  86. 86

    Congratulations on making it into the Quiltmaker magazine! I would love to win a copy of the magazine, but I also *heart* your little runner… So please count me in: I’ll see which prize I win ^_^
    Best regards from the Netherlands!

  87. 87

    Congratulations on being included in the magazine. You deserve it!
    I like the rick rack, it makes it fun.
    Pam C

  88. 88

    This is the cutest tablerunner!!

  89. 89

    I like the rick rack! Makes you feel happy! Thank for being a part of this blog tour!

  90. 90

    I just found a minute to stop by. I love the block that you created! It is very pretty. Congratulations! I am an applique fan. It is nearly always appealing in my opinion!

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