Free quilt pattern: May Flowers Table Runner

May 26, 2020

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Mother’s Day has passed…the flower bouquets are fading…but thanks to this “May Flowers” table runner by Brenda Shreve of Red Barn Quilting and APQS Oklahoma, your table can still sprout flowers for spring.

When Brenda first started working on the project back in January, she was on vacation but was already tired of winter and dreamed of brightly colored blooms that would brighten her garden in May. Who knew life would change so quickly, forcing many of us inside when spring blossoms started to bud? This cheery table runner is the perfect pick-me-up to brighten your table long after the real flowers have faded away!

Complete May Flowers table runner.

Brenda chose fabrics from Moda’s Bella Solids Collection in an array of soft spring colors. But your garden can grow any color flowers you want—even polka dot ones! Let your imagination play and have fun creating this quick, easy table runner.

Paper piecing makes it easy and accurate; points stay crisp and seams stay perfect. Haven’t paper pieced before? This is a wonderful project to learn how! Brenda has included step-by-step instructions and photos to guide you.

Paper piecing for the May Flowers table runner.

She’s even included bonus instructions so you can convert the pattern into an easy quilt throw. Brenda used a simple, modern wave pattern and the APQS Quilt Path to stitch the evenly spaced ripples across the quilt—just right to give the idea of a gentle spring breeze blowing the flower tops!

Close up of the flowers featured in the May Flowers table runner.

When we’re all back to moving again, call Brenda to stop by and visit her destination Red Barn Quilt Shop in northeast Oklahoma, just north of Tulsa! Located on her 80-acre cattle ranch, Brenda’s shop is only about 14 miles from “The Pioneer Woman Mercantile,” Ree Drummond’s store in Pawhuska. It’s the perfect Girl’s Day Out trip.

Shop over 1,000 bolts of fabric, 200 wide backs, lots of Glide thread, even test drive one of four APQS longarm machines and Quilt Path. If you live in the area, you can even rent time on the machines to quilt your own projects. Would you rather “quilt by check?” Brenda and her daughter Rebecca can quilt it for you!

As an APQS Store owner and Certified Technician, Brenda can also help you buy a longarm for yourself, teach you how to use it through classes, and even offer repair and support in the unlikely event the machine ever needs maintenance. To prove how well-built APQS machines are, Brenda loves to point out that her very first Millie (which is now 20 years old), still purrs like a kitten and quilts beautifully. Stop by her “little piece of quilt heaven” when you’re in Oklahoma!

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