Thursday, January 12, 2012

"Bed Runners" = Easy 1812 Quilts!

Are you still undecided about how to design your Cot to Coffin size War of 1812 period quilt for the upcoming 12th annual Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show?  Looking for an easy pattern idea?  Need a little help from precut fabrics?  Then you need to seriously consider checking out this book at your local library or quilt store:  "Bed Runners Using Precut Fabrics" by Kathy Brown published by the well known House of White Birches.


In case you have not seen them yet, bed runners are a rather new concept in the world of quilting.  Decorative and functional, bed runner quilts have a range of uses. When stretched across the end of the bed in winter, a bed runner can give an added bit of warmth to cold feet. In the summer, when the weight of a quilt is too much, a bed runner placed over the sheets at the end of the bed will keep feet and toes just warm enough! If you have the habit of sitting on the end of the bed when putting on your socks, a bed runner will provide an extra protection for the beautiful quilt it covers.  

All of the bed runner quilts in this book are quick and easy to construct using the popular precuts found in all the quilt shops today. Whether using Fat Quarters, Layer Cakes, Turnovers, Jelly Rolls or Charm Squares,   

The book includes patterns for ten different bed runner quilts and every one of them can easily be customized to fit the needs of the beds in your home or (…drum roll please) to the size requirements of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail War of 1812 Quilt Challenge – 30” by 70”. 






Each quilt pattern in this nifty little book is totally appropriate to the 1812 time period and all but a couple are even pictured in the correct 1812 colour-ways!  One quilter even said she made her bed runner (minus quilting) in an afternoon!    Talk about easy!   


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