I really shouldn’t be so proud that it takes me weeks to finish assignments, but seeing as how I still have a quilt unfinished that was started in 2002, my standards are pretty low.
It’s not perfect, but I really do love it. It makes me want a whole quilt in the same style. Except the part where I have to do all the piecing and whatnot. I have a ton of admiration for people who quilt. I don’t know where you find the patience!
If you want a table runner full of endearing imperfections, here’s how I made mine, explained in my usual clear-as-mud way.
-2 Moda Charm packs, I used Hello Betty in the Retro prints
-the free PDF from this curved seam pillow pattern on Purl Bee, reduced by 50%
-2 yards of natural cotton muslin
stack according to size
arrange curves into blocks, mixing and matching as you see fit
using the curved seam technique, start sewing those curves together forming your smaller blocks
now you get to play with the small blocks, arranging them into six squares however you choose
sew the squares together, 4 smaller blocks to each larger square. Try to match curves as best you can. My best? Not so great. Good luck to you.
cut muslin strips:
-seven 2.5″ by 7.5″
-twelve 2.5″ by 12″
sew to large squares, forming muslin frames around each
You can continue on in the outlining quilting with the “frame” or sashing muslin on top. I decided I wanted to try out my stipling foot
I used a curvy “wandering” stitch (X) to give the end result more movement.
And this is what my version of stipling looks like. It’s very freeform and fun.
I loved the contrast with the outlined squares
cut in long, 1.5 inch strips. You should get three strips out of the long line you made, with a tiny bit left over.
sew ( I serged to help trim off the excess batting and whatnot) to the runner, right side of strip facing top side of runner
Fold under about a quarter of an inch
It’s a little shorter than I would have liked, but overall, I’m really happy with it. If you added another 4 blocks, so one more square bringing the total to seven (and additional muslin strips) it would be perfect. But I didn’t have enough charms for that (I ended up buying more to do the binding, so I guess I could have added another. whatever.)