Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summery Runner-Fun and Quick

Well, summer is here and that means vacations, gardening and.....sewing retreats!  A few of my sewing friends and I headed off to the lake for several days of sewing and relaxation.  We finished several projects.  The quilt that I started last summer is now ready to head to the quilter.  Yahoo!  It is from Doug Leko's book, Grand Portage, from Antler Quilt Designs.


Scenic Bypass using the fabric line Lady Slipper Lodge by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics
We each made a table runner that was inspired by quilts that two of us had made previously.
 

 The pattern that we used is a Sweet and Simple Pattern called Mod Herringbone from Martingale.  I love these little patterns because they are accurate, easy to follow and they are only $4.00!


The technique for making the herringbone pattern was interesting and fun.  We started with muslin rectangles and a big pile of strips cut at a variety of widths.

Nobody said it was a neat project...
The method involves marking a 45 degree line on the muslin rectangle and layering the strips randomly on the muslin foundation.


When the muslin rectangle is filled with strips, the excess from the strips is trimmed.

For the quilt, we made 14 of these units and sewed them together to make the herringbone insert.  Here's how ours turned out...

My quilt is being quilted but Ruthann got her finished quilt back just in time to show the girls at our retreat.
Isn't it a beauty?
We wanted to adapt this technique for a table runner so this is what we did....
Each lady received 2 muslin rectangles measuring 20"x 5 1/2" that were marked with a 45 degree line.
We had each lady bring a variety of bright batik strips cut 22" long with varying widths from 1 1/4" to 2".  All of the strips were put in a paper bag. We selected strips from the bag without looking and added them to our muslin foundations.  When the two muslin pieces were covered with strips, we trimmed them and sewed them to the ends of neutral centers.  Our runners varied in length depending on where we intended to use them

.  Several of us decided to cut a scalloped edge.

We were so pleased with the results!  It got us to thinking about other patterns that we could modify just a bit.  What do you think?


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