Progress is being made! And I’m proud to say I haven’t stalled at the quilting phase of the charm square runner :-) I looked at the quilt top and for once the colours didn’t speak to me of a season but of a time of day – sunset. The navy blue and aqua sending my thoughts to a sunset being reflected in water.
Playing with those ideas as I pinned the quilt sandwich together I decided to go on a walking foot adventure and have a go at stitching large scale ripples along the length of the runner. I am really pleased with the result. The pattern doesn’t really show much on the front but on the lightly patterned backing fabric the quilting gives a restful, meandering movement to the whole.
This variegated quilting thread from YLI has become a firm favourite of mine – it blends well with lots of the more modern style fabrics and colour combinations I’ve used.
There were spare charm squares left from making the runner and I played with some HST patterns in my sketch book. I took the squares and some simple white on white fabric to a sewing day with friends last week and they agreed I should go with the pattern at the left of the page.
I started from the middle two columns of four HST’s and added more columns to the left and right until the table runner measured about 48″ long. I’ve got as far as making the quilt sandwich of this runner.
I’m still having occasional issues with quilt tops puckering as I machine quilt so, having smoothed and pinned the layers together, I’m experimenting with this one by securing the edges, stitching 1/8th of an inch in all around.
I hope to quilt it within the next 24 hours. This has become a critical deadline as my sewing room needs to be morphed into it’s other self – namely a guest room – before the weekend. Can you spot the sofa bed buried under all my projects? 😀
Finally, please forgive me for posting the following very out of focus photograph but it combines two of my favourite things – a bird and half square triangles! I took the photo yesterday whilst walking around the inside of Winchester Cathedral. A chirpy Robin had found his way into the building and was inspecting the HST patterned Medieval floor tiles!
More of that visit to the Cathedral another day 🙂
Linking with Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday.
PS. Just a reminder that every Tuesday I update my ‘Pins of the Week’ Pinterest board – you can check out last weeks collection of pins on the aptly named ‘Last weeks pins of the week’ board 😀