I am always, always drawn to charm packs. I love the idea of owning one little piece of all the coordinating prints in a fabric line. But what to do with them?
This past summer I came across this book: Charmed and Dangerous by Heather Mulder Peterson:
The cute wordplay in the title alone was enough to make me pick it up and flip through it. I decided to try the Crossroads table runner using a charm pack of Dogwood Trail by Moda.
What I really liked about this pattern is that it allowed me to use the light/white charms in the sashings as well as the medium/darks in the squares.
In fact, I liked it so much I cut into my collection of Christmas fabrics and made 5"charms just so I could make another runner for Christmas:
The construction of this table runner does not require cutting triangles. The triangles are created by trimming the runner after it is all sewn together.
I like how the center of the pattern forms a nice square for surrounding whatever you might choose to put on top of the runner, in this case a candle.
I like the whole idea of seasonal table runners. They're quick to make and add a nice touch to the room. Too bad I missed out on making one for Valentine's Day, but there is always next year....