December 2017


Chic Chandeliers By JoAnn Connolly

Chic Chandeliers

I love the quilt designs in this collection from Kreations by Kara. The Quilt Floral Squares collection contains simple one color, nature themed designs that would make a beautiful quilt, tote bag or pillow. I opted for a simple 10 block table runner for my dining room. It is more of a “design as you go” type of project and my system can easily be altered.

Since I am not a traditional quilter by any means, I like to simplify my embroidered quilting projects as much as possible. For example, I hooped cotton batting in sections in my large 300 x 200 size embroidery hoop. Cotton fabric was placed on top of the batting and held in place with the basting file, not actually hooped. Two different designs were stitched on one fabric length. The blocks were cut apart after the embroidery was complete; I only had to make five separate hoopings to complete the blocks.

Embroidery Products


  • ½ yd. each of 3 coordinating cotton fabrics
  • ¾ yd. backing and sashing fabric
  • Five 15” x 20” pieces of batting

Hoop cotton batting in a large embroidery hoop, place one section of cotton fabric on top of batting.


Winter Quilt

Use a basting file to hold the fabric in place. Embroider two different quilt designs on the cotton fabric; leaving at least 2” between the blocks.


Complete all embroidery for the ten blocks using coordinating fabrics. Trim all blocks leaving ½” seam allowance around embroidery. Arrange the blocks into your final composition. Sew two blocks into a row. Trim the excess batting from the seam allowances at the seam. Repeat for five rows.

Pin one 2” x 13” sashing strip, right sides together, to the bottom of one row. Stitch with ½” seam allowance.


Press the sashing open. Pin the sashing to the top of the next row. Sew with ½” seam allowance. Press. Continue piecing the sashing strips to the rows until the table runner is completely assembled.

Place the table runner on top of the backing fabric, wrong sides facing. Pin around the middle and sides of the table runner. Stitch in the ditch with matching thread between all rows to attach the backing fabric to table runner top.


Fold the backing fabric over to the front and finish with self-fabric binding.

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