I don’t know about you but when this lockdown started I felt a little glum. I found I had lots of time on my hands and, rather than let myself get stuck in a downward spiral, I decided that I would try and do what mental health professionals suggest is a good way to battle the blues, by tackling little jobs that I’d had on my waiting list. One of those was to make a little table runner to use on my Welsh dresser in my kitchen.

Welsh Dresser

You can see that the dresser has little hearts cut out along the back so this is what inspired this Hearts table runner. I chose the Dancing Valentines quilt block as it was perfect for using up lots of scraps, which is great at a time when we are struggling to get fabrics. It has helped reduce my scrap stash! (And yes, I did tidy it up before taking the picture – it’s the kitchen ‘dumping ground’!)

In all this new-found time (although I now understand what my mother said when she retired – “how did I ever have time to work?”) I have also launched my new website, www.strictlyquilting.com,  where I’ll blog occasionally, but is really for setting out the workshops that I run. You can download the pattern from there or from my shop on UKQU here. It’s been a long time coming but this break in normality has given me the chance to take stock and get myself organised. I run regular workshops (or did!) at the Cotton Angel in Monmouth but have also discovered some other locations which are perfect for day courses and even retreats. Hopefully, we’ll be back to doing these at some point in the future but until then we can do lots to catch up on our WIPs and UFOs with maybe the odd extra small stash cutting project like this one.

The runner is a simple make, ideal if you are a beginner, or a quick make for those more experienced. As it’s based on a simple block you can easily adapt the size for a larger table, or indeed a smaller one. As I was writing this I wondered about making it in a rainbow hue. Wouldn’t that be a fantastic gift for a frontline worker at the moment!

I’m off to start one now…. Where are my scraps???