Today the Sweet as Honey blog tour is stopping right here and I’m so happy! Bonnie Christine put a call out for bloggers interested in taking part in a blog tour promoting her new fabric collection. I raised my hand and was lucky enough to be one of the chosen. I’m so glad because I’ve always been drawn to bees since my name means honey bee in Greek.

About a month ago I received a couple fat quarters in the mail from Bonnie. To that I added some fat quarters I purchased from Cucire. Then I bought some more fat quarters from Indeed Fabric. Then some more from Cucire. I just couldn’t get enough!

This is what I ended up with. Most of the collection but mainly lacking the Rooted and Fly by Day prints.

First, I want to say I had never worked with Art Gallery fabrics before and they are divine. They have a wonderfully soft hand. They’d be perfect for garment making. That Bed of Daisies print (second from the right in the top row) would make a lovely blouse.

With these fat quarters I added in Kona solid PFD Bleach White. It’s close to white but not quite. Now that I had my fabric gathered, it was time to get making. That finally happened last week. Have I mentioned I’m a procrastinator? Anyway, I knew I wanted to make a table runner and I had a general idea in my head. For one thing, there had to be some hexies. What’s a bee themed project without hexies?

I decided the base of my table runner would be pieced strips with the Sweet as Honey prints being a bit wider and broken up with the solid. It reminds me of the trays in a beehive. Each cut strip measures 2″ wide for the print fabric and 1 1/2″ wide for the solid. I like to have a little wiggle room, so I tacked on a skosh more when I cut them and then did a quick trim each time I sewed on a strip. I did the same with the length of the strips, cutting them a bit longer. That didn’t get trimmed down until after I did the quilting.

So, I pieced the top of the table runner using the strips. I then cut a piece of the Kona PFD Bleach White solid for the back and Warm & White batting for the middle.

The quilting is straight lines using the walking foot on my sewing machine. The thread is Aurifil 28wt color 2021 Natural White. That’s my go to color. I am really loving the 28wt for quilting. I like how it gives the quilting more definition. I’ll be using it on a quilt I’m currently making. I used Aurifil 50wt as the bobbin thread when quilting with the 28wt.

Once the quilting was done, I trimmed the table runner down and attached the binding. The Beekeeper print was perfect for that. All of those little bee skeps. The binding method I prefer is to straight cut the fabric, fold in half, press, sew the raw edge to the front with a 1/4″ seam, flip over to the back and attach the folded edge with hand stitching.

Next up was making the hexies. Dark photo. A lot of my crafting happens at night. I had a package of 2 1/4″ paper templates from Paper Pieces I hadn’t used yet. I bought them because they are meant to be used with 5″ squares. I like charm packs. You can use them with a charm pack or you could cut your own 5″ squares or conserve a little fabric by cutting hexagon shaped fabric pieces. I used my 5″ square Omnigrip ruler to fussy cut six pieces of fabric for the hexies. I like to buy rulers at Jo-Ann using their coupons.

My name is Melissa and I’m a ruleraholic.

I made my hexies. By the way, don’t sew through the paper template when you hand baste your hexies. That way you don’t have to remove the basting stitches and you don’t ruin your paper templates. You can see where I previously talked about making hexies here.

That spool of thread is Aurifil 12wt in variegated color 4658 Limoni di Monterosso. That’s what I used to do some hand stitching on the hexies.

Hello, deer. I attached each hexie to the table runner using Pellon 805 Wonder-Under. You can see the hand stitching I did with the variegated thread. The color change is very subtle in appearance when used on these prints.

Here it is! You can’t see it very well in this photo. The size is only 11 1/2″ x 24″. It’s a small table runner for a small table in a small kitchen in a small house. For some of you it’s probably more like an oversize place mat. The table does open up to a square. It’s a nice little inexpensive table and chairs from Target. You can find it here. The table comes with a pair of chairs and then we bought another pair of chairs. They happened to be on sale when I bought them. Plus the REDcard discount and free delivery, of course.

This photo reminds me I’ve been meaning to replace that outlet cover. I’m thinking of buying a wood one and painting it to match the beadboard wainscoting.

Here’s a full view of it. It makes me happy. I think of warm weather. Summer and flowers and bees and the beauty of nature. I bought some seeds this week to grow flowers in one of the raised bed boxes I made. Vegetable growing didn’t work out very well last year. It was more like a buffet for the wildlife. So, this year I’m growing flowers for me and the bees and the butterflies.

Luckily my daffodils are blooming. I’m using one of those mason jar lids that were $1 at Target recently. Isn’t this fabric absolutely lovely? I have a bunch left over to do some more creating with. What to make? What to make?

Here’s a recap of some of the supplies I used for this project. I attached the hexies to the table runner with Pellon 805 Wonder-Under. I used 2 1/4″ hexagon paper templates from Paper Pieces. For piecing I used Aurifil 50wt thread color 2021 Natural White (orange spool). For quilting I used Aurifil thread 28wt color 2021 Natural White (grey spool). For the hand stitching on the hexies I used Aurifil thread 12wt  color 4658 Limoni di Monterosso (red spool). All of these are cotton threads. You can find out all about Aurifil thread, including suggested uses and tips on their website. I’ve been asked before about where I buy Aurifil. I’ve bought Aurifil from Cotton Bliss, Cucire and Hawthorne Threads. It depends on what and how much you’re buying and if there’s a sale or discount code.

The basic design for the table runner is very simple to make and can easily be modified for a larger or smaller project with or without hexies or some other decorative applique.

I’m glad I finally got around to making my first table runner. Now I want to make others so I can use them on a rotating basis!

Because you have been kind enough to make it all the way down to here in my post, I’d like to give you the chance to win these two Sweet as Honey fat quarters I bought. It’s Honey House in peach and Bee Sweet in sunset. It’s a bit of a pay it forward. Bonnie was kind enough to give me two fat quarters, so I’m passing on two fat quarters to somebody else.

For a chance to win, you must use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. You don’t need a Facebook account. Simply enter your name and email address in the widget instead. International entries are welcome. There are a bunch of options to earn extra entries, if you’re so inclined. Do as little or as much as you like. I’ll leave this giveaway open until the night of Sunday, March 30th to enter. The next day I will let the widget randomly select the winner and then contact that lucky duck by email.

If for some reason the Rafflecopter widget doesn’t load, please click here to go to it directly. It can be fickle sometimes.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cindy at Schoolhouse Patterns was the last stop on the tour before me and she made a great looking bag. Tomorrow the tour will be stopping by Shannon at Very Shannon. Be sure to check out the full Sweet as Honey blog tour schedule here to see all of the wonderful creations made with this beautiful fabric.

Before you leave, be sure to visit my Giveaway Roundup, which is a weekly link up of fantastic giveaways to enter. The link to the current one can be found at the top right of this page under Happening Now.

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108 comments on “Sweet as Honey Goodness”

  1. Your table runner is so so cute! I keep saying I’m going to make one, and haven’t yet. Now I’m inspired!!

  2. Beautiful runner! It makes me think of spring, although this morning is feels an awful lot like winter again! 19 degrees — that’s just wrong!

  3. I love this line and have been eyeing it for a while, but I can’t decide what to make yet! I love what you did with it! Plus you did hexies!! Another thing I want to try but haven’t, kind of nervous too :)

  4. Love your runner. Those are some of the sweetest prints. Can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of them. Do you have to change your needle to use a heavier thread on your machine? I have been wondering.

  5. Fantastic job Mel… Love your design, the Kona additional done specially those beautifully fussy cut hexies! Thank you for sharing the details with us…

  6. I love these fabrics and would love to win some. Meantime, can’t wait to get to a quilt shop and check these out. Got several ideas in mind. Really enjoy your blog and follow you on Facebook.

  7. Your tablerunner is very pretty! I love the addition of the hexies. I really like using Kona Snow, but have been having a hard time finding it, now I’m thing that the color you used will be a great substitute. Thank you for the chance to win the beautiful fat quarters.

  8. I, too, have rather small spaces so I appreciate the size of your table runner. (I do have a bit of table envy when I see those really looog runners!!) Very cute and the added hand stitching was the perfect touch.

  9. I think that I have to have some of this fabric! I have enjoyed looking at many of the fabulous projects. I love your table runner, you are a very creative lady.

  10. You teased me with all those pictures. I had to sneak down to the end of the post to see the finished product half way through the post; I just couldn’t wait. So pretty.

  11. Table runners are so much fun to make. They are so fast to piece and the results so satisfying. I love the cute Honey Bee fabric!

  12. My family is on our first vacation since we got married in 2008. We”re all, me, Hubbs, kidlet, my mom, and my sister are here in a cabin in the foothills if pigeon forge, th giving my mom her dream vacation of all of us spending a week together, hiding out, playing games, crafting, etc for her birthday this Saturday.

  13. This is so pretty, Melissa! I didn’t know that your name means honey bee in Greek! I got so excited when I found out that you are participating in sweet as honey blog tour! I really love Bonnie’s patterns, they are adorable!

    P.S. Is Sweet as Honey fabric by any chance the fabric that you were looking for in the local quilt store and the store didn’t have it?

  14. I love your table runner..I would make one but the only table I have in my Motor Home is my sewing table. I moved into my 35 foot Motor Home to save money but I find I need more room for my constant need to sew and quilt.

  15. Great table runner. I am soooo ready for spring, my daffodils are finally peeking out of the ground and it will probably be at least a month before they bloom.

  16. Love the table runner. I have wanted to try hexies but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I might have to try some now. :)

    Thanks for a chance to win some pretty fabrics.
    Krista@sewwhatscooking

  17. I really appreciate your blog. I love your well written and enthusiastic posts and your photos. And I like this tablerunner too! Thanks for the chance to win too!

  18. The table runner is beautiful in the bees fabric. The hexies are perfect too. The 2 fat quarters are lovely. I’m not crazy about getting stung by a bee but I love all things depicting bees. Sounds crazy. I would love to win the fabric and make a table runner of my own. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Great table runner. Should make one for my sister whose husband is a major beekeeper. Always running back and forth between CA, TX, and ND with semi-loads of hives, wintering them in the warm and doing some pollinating. She’d love these fabrics, but would need a triple sized runner!

  20. Your table runner is fabulous! I love the fussy cut hexagons, but I have to tell you I *always* baste through my paper pieces, and reuse them anyway, dozens of times. It’s how the original owner of Paper Pieces taught me to do it. Too late now! =) I see you are a fan of Target, too. That’s my go-to store for everything!

  21. I tried to comment last night but something was amiss. I’m finishing my daughters graduation quilt but can’t find the perfect border. It may be scrappy!

  22. The table runner is divine and the fabrics are wonderful. Thanks for the vote of confidence for Art Gallery. It’s nice to have a personal opinion. The fabric looks great and makes a beautiful project.

  23. The table runner turned out beautifully. While it may not be warm outside, you can dream of summer simply by sitting at your table, looking at that fabulous runner.

  24. I think after reading your description of how you made your table runner, I will have confidence to try it. Previously I felt like I had to have a pattern for everything but sometimes the fabrics just grabs you & you just want to make some thing.

  25. I love the table runner! Thanks so much for taking the time to include links for where you bought things and describing what you’ve used. I am an American living in the west of Ireland. It’s been 10+ years since I went from having multiple craft outlets at my disposal to having to figure out how to do everything by mail order, but it is still frustrating. I’ve been wanting to use some of the 12 wt thread for hand quilting… I sense some mail order coming on. :D

  26. I love this fabric!
    You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives}

    Just a heads up, Tip Junkie can help you index your blog more effectively if you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room!
    Simply login and click “add a project” on your profile page to get started. {yep I’ve got your back!}

    ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
    Link ~ http://www.tipjunkie.com/how-to-add-a-craft-room-project-on-tip-junkie

  27. Beautiful Table Runner, Hello Melissa you ruleraholic, do you have the EZ Jelly Roll Ruler, it will be perfect for your 1930’s swap, it is a 5″x10″ruler.

  28. I am a fabric hoarder, and it is one of my resolutions to use my stash (stop hoarding!) to make awesome stuff for my daughters this year. But i still need MORE

  29. I’ve looked at most of the crafts created during this craft-a-thon and I LOVE these fabrics can’t wait to emulate or come up with my own if I win :)

  30. I am taking some bee keeping classes right now and this is my favorite line of fabric! Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

  31. I really like the simplicity of the runner construction and the quilting. The Hexies could make this an any season runner. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  32. cover your outlet with one of your colorful pieces of material in your runner. modge podge it on . will look great

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