Time for Another Blog Hop!


Welcome to In A Stitch Quilting!  As my name suggests I offer quilting services.  I use an Ansley 26 Tin Lizzie long arm quilt machine.  I would be more than happy to quilt your next project.  You may drop me a line by leaving a comment on this blog or by emailing me at cindy (at) inastitchquilting.com for further information.

In the Beginning

I entered the world of blogging in 2010 when my husband’s cancer returned.  Through that blog I chronicled our journey from discovery, through radiation and beyond.  While the blog is still up and running I typically only post when we have updates to share.  This blog has been active since May 2012.  I started this blog as a way of promoting my business and as a platform to share my love for quilting.  As you browse through my blog you will find pictures and stories of my projects and quilts. Stay long enough and you may even meet my sweet little puppy, Sadie.

I am currently participating in Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday and A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Friday’s are set aside for “favorites.”  Favorite notions, shops, fabrics, food, etc. What falls in and around those days varies.  I have great ambitions to join a variety of other challenges and activities.  Nothing more can be added to my schedule though until I finish my last quilt for the Hurricane Sandy Project.  If you are curious about the first three quilts I have finished for that effort search my categories for postings.

I am a member of three quilt guilds.  There’s the Rock Valley Quilters Guild, the Rock River Modern Quilt Guild and the Madison Modern Quilt Guild.  I hold the positions of treasurer and public relations at the Madison Modern Quilt Guild.

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about me it’s time to get this ball rolling.  Time to learn what’s going on.  Here we go . . .

Beat the Winter Blues

Michelle at Quilting Gallery has a serious case of spring-fever.  To add a spark of excitement to these long days of winter she’s organized another blog hop.  I could use a bit of excitement as well so I have decided to join in on the fun.

Last time I participated in her blog hop I made two adorable Hold Anything Bags by Dancing Crane Designs.  I purchased the pattern from Mill House Quilts in Waunakee.  While the bags were a huge success I thought it might be boring to offer the same type of item.  So this time around I’ve decided to do something different.  Just like with December’s prize this one is hand-made as well.

Garden Party Runner

One very lucky winner will receive a hand-made table topper.  The pattern I chose was the “Garden Party Runner” by Mary Cain of Cain Creations in Sun Prairie, WI.  I’ve tried without success to locate an internet address for her pattern.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy for yourself you might try contacting Mill House Quilts through their website.  They have a wonderful supply of fabric, and patterns as well as notions.

The pattern normally produces a 14″ wide x 38″ long adorable, super simple table runner.  The first time I used the pattern I followed the instructions exactly as they were printed.  Being a rebel who likes to do things her own way I decided this time to change things up a bit.


  1. To start, I’ve made this one a table topper with measurements of 20 1/2″ wide x 27″ long.

  2. Next I changed the dimensions of the piping accent. I thought the piping on my first project was too narrow.  The pattern instructions don’t really tell you how wide to cut the piping strips so I guessed.  Obviously I guessed wrong because they were barely visible under the binding.  I was very unhappy with the appearance so I remove it.  The piping on this new table topper is 1/2″ wide.

  3. The third change I made was the order in which the components were assembled.  The pattern tells you to sew on the piping before you quilt.  With the piping already attached it made it difficult to quilt.  The only way to quilt underneath the piping was to pin it out-of-the-way.  That seemed a bit odd.

This time I added a row of stitching 1/4″ from the edge to stabilize the seams.  Next I quilted the table topper.  Once the quilting was complete I added the piping on all four sides.  I was so much happier doing it that way.  The outcome was much more pleasing.

So What Does it Look Like?

Are you curious what it looks like?  Well I won’t make you wait any longer.  Time to reveal this blog hop’s prize.

As you can see I used the  Metropolitan Fair charm pack for the body of the table topper.  You can find a link to the fabric here:  Barbara Brackman’s Metropolitan Fair .  The piping was made out of Berry Blue Spirit of the Fair and the binding and backing are Charlotte Russe Chocolate Old Curiosity.  Sandwiched between the fabric layers is a layer of Warm & Natural batting.


So what do you think?

How Do I Register?

* * * * *  U P D A T E  * * * * *


Now I suppose you are wondering how to register.  Well, here’s the deal.  You have two opportunities to win.  For your first chance all you have to do is leave a comment.  To earn a second chance at winning start following my blog then post a second comment telling me that you did.  If you are already a follower tell me so in a second comment.

You may register for my table topper until Midnight (CST) on Thursday, March 14, 2013.  One very lucky winner will be chosen by Random.Org and announced on Friday, March 15th.  If for any reason the winner does not respond within the allotted time a second name will be chosen.

Get Registered!

So what are you waiting for?  Get ready to participate in Quilting Gallery’s Beat the Winter Blues Blog Hop Party.

 Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Register to win my table topper then slide on over to Quilting Gallery and get connected to the other wonderful participating bloggers. Who knows?  You just might be lucky!

294 thoughts on “Time for Another Blog Hop!

    1. I am so glad you found your way here. Thank you for the sweet comment. Good luck with the drawing.

  1. 148. You have made a really beautiful table runner and I think your quilting on it is excellent. I would love to win it; thank you for the opportunity.

    1. Thank you so much for visiting! I think it’s wonderful that you like the table topper. Good luck with the drawing!

  2. 139. Very pretty runner, that would be beautiful on anyone’s table. Thanks for the chance to put it on mine.

  3. 136. And, please, I’ve been a follower for quite some time. May I have the 2nd chance, as well? That’s too beautiful to pass up!


    1. You certainly are lively! I think it’s absolutely wonderful you stopped by. Thank you for the sweet compliment. I will have to check out your blog. Good luck!

    1. I bet it would look nice on your table. Maybe you will be the lucky winner. One never knows. We will just have to see what Mr. Random decides. Good luck!

    1. So nice of you to say that. I would like to win it too but that’s not possible. Thanks you so much for stopping by.

  4. 123. What a pretty table runner! I love the quilting, all those swirls over the squares of fabric. Thank you for the chance to win. 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you like it. I had a blast making it. Feels good to give something home-made away. Good Luck!

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comments. Good luck with the drawing. Keep those fingers crossed.

  5. 111. Ich bin noch Anfängerin beim quilten und beim bloggen…vielleicht habe ich ja Glück und gewinne etwas… vielen Dank für die tolle Verlosung

    Grüße aus Deutschland von

    1. Greetings! Ich bin so froh, dass du gestoppt. Ich habe viele, viele Stunden damit verbracht, das Erlernen der Kunst des Quilten sowie Blogging und immer noch habe ich eine Menge zu lernen. Viel Glück mit Ihrem Quilt-und Blogging.

      Ich entschuldigen, wenn mein Deutsch ist nicht ganz richtig. Ich habe Google aufgefordert, es für mich zu übersetzen. Best wishes!

  6. 110. I’m a follower of your blog via email.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.


  7. 109. Your table topper is gorgeous! It would beat my “winter blues” for sure if I was to win, hehe. Love your fabric choices and your quilting is awesome! This would look so great in my house, hehe. It’s nice to be able to change or tweek a pattern to make it your own.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


    1. Sounds like you have a place all picked out for the table topper. We will have to wait and see if Random.org thinks you are the lucky one. Best of luck. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. 97. Wow, amazing table runner and I love your quilting. I am a beginner longarmer so always appreciate seeing beautiful work. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words. Best of luck to you in your long arm quilting endeavor. I know you will have a lot of fun. Good luck!

  9. 94. Wow! The table runner is beautiful! The fabrics and the quilting make this a real treasure. Thanks so much for your generosity and for your inspiring blog!

  10. 93. I’m a new follower by email. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m looking forward to following your posts!

  11. 92. The table topper is lovely but really makes it stand out is your quilting. You are a very talented quilter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. 88. What a pretty tablerunner! I’d be honored to win!! Thanks sew much for this chance to win your generous giveaway! 😀
    back2loghome (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. I’m so glad you do. That way if you win it will have a new home ready and waiting for it. Good luck!

  13. 81. Your table runner is gorgeous, as is your quilting. I’m also participating in the hop so I hope you’ll stop by my blog and enter!

  14. 78. I do think the quilting makes the quilt, and yours is beautiful. Thank you for such a beautiful giveaway.
    Susn in PA

  15. 73. Lovely table runner, I hear it saying it would like to live at my house. Can you hear that, too. Thanks for the chance to win it. It is fabulous. Love the colors and quilting. Nce job!

    1. Oh I can definitely hear the whispering going on in the background. So much chatter! Well let’s hope Mr. Random thinks so too. We will have to wait and see. Good luck!

  16. 69. That table runner is absolutely beautiful! The golds, greens, and browns would match my dining room perfectly and the blues and pinks would add extra color to make it pop even more!

  17. 62. Your table runner is so beautiful and the quilting is just awesome! Thank you for the giveaway and for a chance to win it.

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and registering to win the table topper. I’m so glad you like it.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you stopped by and took the time to register.

  18. 48. Oh my gosh!!! what an AWESOME & GORGEOUS Table Runner….my Table is soooo excited!!! Know it will look beautiful!! 🙂

    1. Well thank you very much! I’m so glad you stopped by. Maybe you will win mine and I will win yours. Wouldn’t that be cool!

  19. 33. I have signed up to receive your newsletters! Thanks again… did I tell you that I love table runners?!

  20. 32. Wow! Your quilt is beautiful and how generous of you to give it away! If I won, it will be cherished and will definitely Beat the Winter Blues! Thanks so much!

    1. Nothing like a blog hop to help beat the winter blues. Loads and loads of fun. Good luck with the drawing!

    1. It is such a fun way to find blocks that you otherwise might never come across. Welcome!

  21. 24. I am a follower and receive your emails in my inbox. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from Alberta,

  22. 23. What gorgeous quilting you did on your Tin Lizzie. Very pretty fabrics and a beautiful prize for your lucky winner.
    Thanks for the chance to win a piece of your lovely work.

    1. Well if you win it I hope you think it is as lovely in person as it is in the picture. Good luck!

  23. 22. I just followed you on pinterest. I love the table runner, your quilting is wonderful. I also checked out your hold anything bags and they look fun to make as well.

    1. Cool! I’m so glad you are. Thanks for the compliment. The Hold Anything Bags were a joy to make. You would find them very easy.

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