Pearl District - November Pick of the Month


Like everyone else my thoughts are starting to turn toward the holidays and entertaining. With that in mind, I choose the Pearl District table runner pattern by Busy Bee Quilt Designs for the pick of the month. It's a great pattern with instructions to hand applique, machine applique, or fusible web the circles to your squares. Jean made this table runner back in June with Chalk & Charcoal charm packs. 


So sophisticated! The quilting adds so much interest to this project. Take a look at our earlier post, for more project details and a hand applique tutorial. 

Materials : 1 Chalk & Charcoal complete collection charm pack,1 Chalk & Charcoal assorted basics charm pack and 1 7/8 yard black quilting cotton for border and backing (Kona black is a good choice).

I digitally put together a few more options to consider. Digital representations are created from photos of the fabric. Fabric scale, repeat, and color may be altered. Pictures are meant to give you an idea of what the project will look like, not a prefect representation. 

First up, I selected 101 Maple Street charm packs. 


I love the classic appeal of this collection. It reminds me of arts & crafts design, and I thought it was perfect for fall, without hitting you over the head with a theme. 


I think it came together nicely with the dark border, but any fabric from the collection could work. 

Materials : 2 101 Maple Street charm packs, 1 7/8 yard Maple Syrup Deep Dish Dots for border and backing.

Paige, our graphics guru, selected a joyful Christmas mix for her version. 


Paige's version used three fat quarter 6 packs. The pattern calls for 18 different fat eights, or fat quarters, making it a perfect project for fat quarter bundles or towers. 


If you go with fat quarters, you'll have enough fabric to make two table runners, or a lap quilt. Be sure to get more backing and border fabric though. 

Materials: 1 Red Holiday 6 pack, 1 Green Holiday 6 pack, 1 Holiday Lights 6 pack, 1 7/8 yard Way Up North for border and backing. 

These two prints from the Way Up North collection are also good options for your border and backing. 


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Our last table runner features fabrics from White Christmas by Zen Chic. Karen, one of the lovely ladies on the shop floor, chose and is actually making two runners in this combo to give as gifts. 


Isn't interesting how different the two Christmas options look? I love how bold Karen's version is. Something else I thought was interesting...

Advent panel

At home I'm working on an advent panel from the same fabric line and decided to add almost the same red. Great minds think alike ;)

Materials: 1 Zen Chic 6 pack Cream, 1 Zen Chic 6 pack Light Grey, 1 Zen Chic 6 pack Black, 1 7/8 yard Quilter's Linen Crimson.

If you prefer something a bit more understated you could add a solid black or any of the fabrics from the White Christmas line. I also thought Hudson-Field from Camelot Fabrics would make a nice border and backing fabric with it's small red accent. 

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Pearl District is a wonderful pattern and I hope you're inspired to try out one of our versions or come up with your own. Please share photos with us if you do. I love seeing all the creative ideas and talent our customers have!