Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A new table runner tutorial

Hi everyone! Guess who I'm hanging out with today? 
(Well, not in real life - I wish! - but in blogland)   
I'm sharing an easy tutorial for a quilted table runner.  
It's so quick and easy, you can make it in an afternoon.
In other fun things at our house, this is what I discovered on the kitchen table yesterday after I got off the phone with my neighbor. Some nice new Sharpie art work!  Fortunately I had some miracle product that got most of it out.  I totally held my cool, but all threats of discipline were only met with mischevious giggles. Until. . . I put the Webkinz Gecko (stuffed animal) in time out for a couple of days. Then I witnessed great anguish and lamentation.


(Is it mean that I took a picture?)

Post Edit: A couple people asked about the miracle cleaner: Sol-u-mel made by Melaluca. (A neighbor was a distributor.  Took that stuff right out.)  I fully endorse Mr. Clean Magic Erasers as well.  They work wonders getting out crayon too!

33 comments:

ktquilts said...

Let me guess, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser?! Not that I have experience or anything!! ;o)

Love the table runner!!

Blessings,

KT

Denise said...

So cute...the tablerunner and the photo of the "damned"! I too have pix of my kids in timeouts...sometimes it is too funny NOT to take a pix of. Thanks for sharing the tutorial

Melissa said...

I *love* that you took a picture. That's so something I would do. And I think other parents would agree... well, at least the parents I'd want to hang out with would agree. While you never want to see them hurt or sad, there is something entertaining about the level of high drama reached by a little kid in that state. It's the end of the world.

While hauling my stuff into a hotel last weekend I watched a 5 year old boy struggle with the card reader on the door. Eventually he gave up, threw his arm up over his eyes and sagged against the wall with this HUGE sigh. His mother looked at me and we both just laughed.

Thank you, by the way, for my rockin' seam ripper. It has certainly earned it's keep the last few weeks. I'm trying hand-pieced mariner's compass blocks and there has been (let's put it charitably) mixed success. ;)

Nedra said...

I took pictures when I found my (then) two year old had found a sharpie marker and drawn all over his body. I could have used some of that miracle clean-up. We had to wait days for it to wear off.
You (and they) will laugh about these things in the future.

Shelley said...

Love today's post and photos and temper tantrums! Oh, those were the days!!

A. said...

ha, ha, ha. you go, mama.

Jandi said...

I love that you took a picture! Often I think of taking a pic right after I've finished cleaning up. Grrrr.... How am I supposed to show my grandkids what little stinkers their parents were? LOL

Hurricanehol said...

Not sure how it would work on wood but my daughter taught me that if you use liquid anti-bac soap (the no wash kind) that it takes off sharpie...and it does...

Janet said...

I agree. Photos are priceless. Now that my children are grown up, I can look thru albums and laugh out loud. The girls loved to dress up and I would take their pictures. It's so much fun to look back and remember those days. Love the table runner-it would make a nice quick gift.

Melissa said...

It's fantastic!! I love how you used all the different fabrics with it & the method you used to sew the strips is MUCH easier than the way I have been doing it.
Congrats on the feature!
Melissa

Melissa said...

also...
get a magic eraser!!! My 2 yr old (at the time) twins took a sharpie all over my BRAND NEW PIANO!! I about died!! The magic eraser took it right off!! I was so excited.. I even wrote them a letter to thank them!
Melissa

V and Co. said...

bahah! picture of the damned. love it!
btw thanks for your tutorial. it turned out just wonderful!!!!

Cherie said...

Please share the name of your miracle product!

Love the table runner :)

paulette said...

Love it!! My kids are all grown now...ahhh, the good ol'days!
Take care and thanks for the memories!!
Paulette

Danielle said...

Love the table runner! It looks very easy to do, might even be able to squeak one out before Easter! Love the picture of your son, priceless, not mean!

Ditto to Cherie's comment... what is the miracle product?

Laurie T said...

I love the quilt runner perfect for small scraps!

BTW Just a tip to everyone. I have used a dry erase marker to get sharpie markers out. If you color over the sharpie marks with a dry erase marker it pulls up the ink and stays wet long enough to wipe it off. I've used it on the TV screen, fridge, and counter tops. I haven't used it on my walls though don't know how it would work on painted surface.

Good luck! I'm off to look in my scrap pile.

angela said...

Love that you took the picture! If you can't laugh at it, most days you'd be crying, right?!

(Cute table runner, too!)

Kimberly said...

Ah yes, the great Webkinz Withholding... been there done that (and I just hope no one takes one of MY webkinz away!)

Glad your table's feeling better!

Denise :) said...

I love this photo; cherish and save it for years! They grow up so stinking fast. Good job on holding your cool and putting the Gecko in time out! :)

DeeRoo said...

Bwhaahahaaaaaa....my husband and I got a kick out of the guilty in timeout...oh the tales you will be able to tell....his girlfriend!:)

Leslie said...

nah it is not mean... it is a really cute picture. a friends daughter left purple sharpie all over my kitchen table and all i have to say is thank goodness for magic erasers!! they are miracle workers.

Dena said...

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can erase anything! I use it to clean my iron all the time. BTW, the picture is cute. Thanks for sharing.

Little Lady Patchwork said...

You are a celebrity now! Great job w/the tutorial.

BTW-The last photo is a classic. It happens a lot around here!

Dawn said...

Amy, I like that you took a picture ~ real life and very cute (I know only after the fact for you). Congrats on the cute table runner tutorial :)

Terresa said...

As much as I love my Sharpies, I love my Magic Eraser probably more.

Quilt on!

Di~ said...

Amy: love the table runner and your directions, I really enjoy everything you make! tell me what is that backing fabric? I love it! Thank You. this is a bright spring spot for this cold idaho day.

Aimee said...

I love this picture!! You couldn't have captured a more perfect moment-- it's almost like a commercial! :o) Love it! Does your table pull apart and a leaf comes up from underneath? If so, I have the same one...Sharpie and all!

elei said...

haa! We just took video of my son proclaiming that daddy needed to "say sorry" for wiping his butt because he wanted mommy to do it. On the floor, irrational tears and all.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Good for you. I was over at V and company and saw your wonderful tute.

luvinthemommyhood said...

Ohhhhh, pretty! Love this!

jaybird said...

super cute amy! i love quilt as you go projects!

Anonymous said...

Love the table runner. Toothpaste works wonders on Sharpie marks. I've used it on painted walls, leather furniture and wood furniture. It is also very easy to wipe up.

Bearpawquilter said...

My now 36 year old son did that when he was two. Around his eyes, tops of his feet, the full meal deal. No fancy, Shmancy stuff in those days. I used cold cream and my fingernails! He is now a wonderful adult husband and father of whom I am extremely proud! N