Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I was working at Tammy Tadd Designs last weekend when I had a lightbulb creativity moment. We have 'Taddles' that are specific to our store. Taddles are 11" squares of fabric. They are great for all sorts of things when you only need a smidgeon of fabric. They are great for applique parts and backgrounds, you can cut (4) 5" charm squares out of them, you can cut 10" squares out of them for layer cake recipes. We box 13 of them together for a baker's dozen and call them Taddle Boxes.
They put some gorgeous pink, brown and reds together in a Taddle Box and I was smitten! I was talking with a friend/customer a couple of weekends ago about them and I came up with an idea for a table runner using an entire Taddle box. I got to work cutting them up into 52 charm squares, drew them up in PowerPoint, and wha-la! A nice long table runner. I would have used my Electric Quilt software, but the computer that it's installed in blew up and I haven't gotten it fixed yet.
I originlly got the Timeless Treasures Chocolate Covered Strawberries fabric to go with it, but I wasn't sure about the pink with the strawberries, then I happened upon a Kaufman cupcake fabric by Amy Schmiler that was perfect. Add a little of the giant ric rac and bam, GORGEOUS!
Then I wanted to use the strawberry fabric, so I put together all reds, whites and brown taddles. Throw in some white ric rac and a small red with white polka dot inner border and it's ridiculously cute! It's all very "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" isn't it?

Now, just like DiscoJen, I'm on a table runner kick. I have the new Deb Strain 'Sent with Love' line by Moda cut up and ready to go, complete with wool appliqued candy hearts, Andover's 'Garden Fresh' by Gail Kessler, amoung others. I figure I should get these 4 done first, then work on another set.


amy said...

super cute. i so wish i was crafty.

shelleybean said...

This is super cute! Planning a trip to TT's later this month with a new quilting friend!