Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Zakka Style Shamrock Table Runner {a finished project}


Maybe it’s the warmer (finally!) weather or my love of the color green, but after making those Shamrock Pillows with the kids, I needed to sew something else green.  So, I fooled around with more applique, linen, and some hand stitching, and a Zakka Style Table Runner was born.


I used green fabric from my stash, including Jennifer Paganelli, Connecting Threads, True Colors, and a mystery green of unknown origin.


Does it look better with purple?


Or green? 


I like the simple look of the straight line stitching in natural colored thread on the applique and the gray perle thread outline on the linen.  What do you think the frog in the photo above is thinking?

I stitched only through the batting, with no backing, so the back is simply a piece of linen with edgestitching.  I went back and forth about using quilting weight cotton for the back and putting on binding, but I think the plain linen without binding is the perfect compliment to the front.


I used a 1/4” walking foot to do the edgestitching and it turned out very nice and even.  The finished size is 9.5” x 28.5”.


Originally these shamrock squares were going to be a pillow.  So I had a few squares left over.  I already gave away the finished runner, so this new one will be for our table.


These shamrocks better bring us some luck for spring weather.  Snow is in the forecast again!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday and Fort Worth Fabric Studio.


  1. this is such a pretty, happy runner. Love the layout of your blocks and those froggies are beyond adorable.

  2. Love your Shamrocks!!!

  3. If I were that frog I would be thinking"oh no she didn't";)!
    Super cute table runners,I love them both,and to answer your other question,green!

  4. I love the frogs! The whole things is wonderful. And I like it with the purple better. ;-)

  5. love it! The green is so calming, and the frogs are too cute!

  6. Your shamrocks are lovely! Do you have some Irish in you?
    The greens you've used really compliment the pattern, but I'm not surprised as you do have a good eye for colours.

  7. Very pretty, thanks for the tuto.


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