I’ve mentioned before I’m newly enamored with sewing tree patterns. (I can’t explain it any more than my passing obsession with backyard chickens. What? I’m weird. It’s okay.) When visiting a friend in California recently who mentioned she too loves all things tree — I came up with a plan. I’d modify that potholder pattern from John Q. Adam’s quilting book and make it a table runner, personalized for their family.

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Easy peasy. Right?

Right.

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{Remind me, world, that I never superseded anyone’s expectations in math — skills that are so critically necessary to a design project of this nature. Thank God even dummies can do this equation: bad at math + love of sewing = you’d better have a seam ripper and a lot of patience.}

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And oh, patience I did have because if you haven’t heard from my incessant tweeting: I just survived my first blizzard. Well, my first non-Health Bar blizzard. Denver got piles of snow this weekend, leaving me with a calendar full of canceled social gatherings and gobs of time to tinker.

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I drew up a plan and got to town. Six episodes of “House of Cards” later, and the binding was completed. It isn’t perfect, but I’m happy. And proud I took a leap of faith with the herringbone quilting. I’ve never tried anything quite so complicated, as simple as those straight angles look. My housemate BJ suggested I embroider the trunks with each family member’s initial. He was spot on; the detail was just what the project needed.

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Best yet — in part because I couldn’t leave the house, I was forced to use what I have. The only thing new for the completion of this project was the bias tape.

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It’s off in the mail tomorrow as the latest CAOK gift. How are you participating? Drop your photos and ideas here. 

~K