Denise (who, ahem, needs to update her blog!) inspired me by posting a photo of the quilt found at this link to her FaceBook page. Oooh. Sunflowers. Aren't they yellow? Or gold? And aren't their leaves green? Yeah, whatever! I decided I had to do some version of the quilt - and decided to go for a table runner. And heaven forbid I should have looked at the tutorial -- I thought I'd just wing it. I also challenged myself to use my scrap strips as much as possible.
I settled on bright greens, any neutrals, a yellow/gold marble-y looking scrap, and a mottled deep brown. As I visually dissected the quilt photo, I saw 4-patches, 9-patches, and star points. I started sewing and cutting and ...
|9- and 4-patches made with 1.5" strips, centers and background of star points 2.5"|
Please ignore the pink stripes - that's my pressing surface. But cool! This could work! Only rather than do nice, orderly "sunflowers"/stars, I decided to go wonky. Why? I could tell you that it's because sunflowers aren't perfect, but we all know it's because I didn't have to measure anything and it's a darn sight easier. There. I said it. And it's really fun.
I realized somewhere along the line that I don't have many green scrap strips, nor do I have many yellow/gold strips. I don't have much green, gold, or yellow fabric, actually - please see opening paragraph for a possible explanation. This made me limit my table runner to three blocks - because I will not cut more strips for this!!! ... unless absolutely necessary.
Once I had the blocks made and the 9-patches for the sashing all set, I pondered the sashing itself. My initial plan was to cut solid chunks 3.5" x 6.5". Since I don't have 3.5" scrap strips, but have an abundance of neutral 1.5" strips ... I pieced them.
I think it adds interest!
Before I knew it, I was almost there!
I think this is pretty good for someone who has been spending the mornings out in the yard with her husband and a chain saw. Frankly, I am surprised I can still move, but that's a story for another day.
Here's the top, all pieced!
I did have to cut the green border fabric, I admit. I thought adding little 4-patches at the corners would be fun. Can you believe that in doing so, I actually did use up all of the green 1.5" strips? Well, OK, the bright green ones. But still! Yay!
As of now, it's all sandwiched together with batting and backing:
It's in my Studio, waiting for me to do the quilting and binding. I won't have time to work on it today, unfortunately. The Project Manager from the remodeling crew is coming today to lay out Plan B. Plan B involves them ripping out everything the first crew they sent did and starting over. Uhh ... yeah. It's that bad.
Thanks for reading!