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Thanksgiving Table Appliqued + Quilted Runner

We are so excited about our Thanksgiving project this year.  Page, Molly and I decided to work on something together, quilting bee style, and what better occasion to do so than for Thanksgiving! It is such a pleasure to work side by side with friends or family to create something beautiful and timeless for such a special day. We got more quality time together than we’ve had in a long time and it left us wishing we could do all our projects like this.

The table runner is extra thick so although it looks pretty its true function is as a hot pad that runs the length of your table. Now you can have a piping hot turkey and all of those yummy side dishes within arms reach of your guests without the worries of burn marks on your dining table.

Add Molly's beautiful oversized napkins to catch every drip and you’ll be able to relax during one of the more stressful meals of the year!

While Molly made  beautiful oversized Fringed Thanksgiving Napkins, Page and I tackled the runner. As I was cutting, Page was sewing and Molly was fringing. When it came time to hand applique the squares, we did so in tandem at opposites ends of the runner.  We had a few tug-o wars, but we settled them in a mature fashion!

We wanted the whole ensemble to be warm, cozy and natural while also feeling happy, colorful and contemporary. We used Globalweave’s Linen Blend for the background of the runner and the napkins. For the appliqued squares and binding, we used a cheerful array of polka dots accented with Japanese florals

Happy Thanksgiving! --Joelle

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Molly's Sketchbook: Fringed Thanksgiving Napkins

Every year when my friends and I get together for Thanksgiving I make handmade napkins.  This year I collaborated with Page and Joelle to create napkins which coordinate with our Thanksgiving Table Appliqued + Quilted Runner.  Enjoy! --Molly

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Whit's Knits: Cashmere Fingerless Gloves

I was almost sorry to finish these gloves - I never wanted the pleasure of knitting Jade Sapphire's cashmere to end. They are definitely on my holiday knit list... if I can bring myself to give them away!

And for two simple variations of this pattern, check out our Hand Warmers and Flip Top Mittens Project Journal.

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Molly's Sketchbook: Bunny Hat and Paw Mittens

I love halloween! It's such a strange and wonderful day. You can dress up like anything from something scary like a ghost or a witch to something sweet like a pumpkin or this adorable little bunny.

When I was young I took Halloween very seriously. I would come up with an idea and my mom and I would go to the fabric store and pick out some fantastic fabric. One year I was a mermaid and we puffy painted all of my lycra scales individually and went to the fish market to buy big scallop shells for my top. Another time,I was a black cat and the costume was made out of the softest black cotton velvet. My favorite part of that costume was the hat. It was lined with satin and it had a big pink bow. I wore it long after halloween and I bet it's still in my parents attic somewhere.

Inspired by that cat hat I decided to make this sweet little bunny hat for a Halloween project. It's designed to fit a three year old but the pattern could easily be blown up or shrunk to fit many different sizes. It's made from wool but lined in ultra soft Moda Muslin so it won't itch! I used the Mary Flanagan Felted Wool but it would work beautifully in our brand new (and organic!) Wool Melton Fat Quarters or Wollfilz Wool Felt as well. 

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Whit's Knits: Halloween Witch Doll

It's a lot of fun to knit this witch because she really starts to come to life as you make her. The slant of her eyes, the twist of her hands, the style of her hair, all contribute to a unique personality that you create!

This pattern can also serve as a basic human doll pattern. Change the outfit, the colors, the yarns, and the world is your oyster! Make an old gentleman, or a bathing beauty, or an astronaut, or a clown or whatever captures your imagination.

But if it's Halloween that you're into, now is the time for a little knitting witchcraft!

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