Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!

Hope everyone has enjoyed their day and has had some awesome eats!

Our menu consisted of grilled hamburgers, chicken breasts and chicken legs. The BBQ sauce we used was Sweet Baby Rays - Cola-Q. It was interesting and had a slight cola taste. Not sure I would use it again as I lean toward a more sweet sauce. But it did have less carbs than the sweet sauce I usually use. If you read my low carb journey blog, I'm a Fat Cell Hoarder, you know that DH and I are low carb-ing it and he has lost an amazing 40 pounds thus far...anyway...we told our guest that it was BYOB...Bring Your Own Bun since we don't keep bread in the house.

To decorate for the 4th I made this table runner

It was made using the 7.5 X-Blocks template. I was really impressed with this template and just by changing the color manipulated the design.

The star was also cut using the same template placed differently on the sewn fabric pieces.

I quilted the top to a backing made from denim (old DH's jeans) using an appliqué stitch...

...and finished the edges with a serged 4-thread overlock stitch.

I machine embroidered these free standing lace flags and stars several years ago and actually knew where I stored them!

I put them in a vase with some red, white and blue tulle and presto....

...a centerpiece!

My table was ready for the fourth by the end of June instead of the usual day before the holiday...a first for me!

Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting. Leave a comment, I love reading them.

Happy Living! Happy Quilting!


  1. Happy 4th to you tooo! I love your flags! I am not sure I would have ever found them again! LOL

  2. Beautiful runner. Thanks for linking to Weekend Link Party.

  3. Very pretty runner!! Hope your fourth was wonderful!!

  4. Such lovely photos and your runner...wellllll beautiful

  5. I love the design you can make with the X Block! Looking forward to learning more about it the next time we're together! The embroidery starts & flags are fun! What a festive & fun table decoration!