A Challenge Met
My Friday finish is for a challenge. One quilting group I belong to has an annual retreat in October. Last year, we were to bring a yard of FALL fabric for a game and and exchange. The game was played kind of like musical chair. We each had our yard of fabric and passed it to the right as fast as we could til the music stopped. The fabric you were holding at the time, was torn in half. One half you kept and the other half continue to be passed. This went on until there was too little to tear in half. We each ended up with 5 pieces, ranging in size from 1/2 a yard down to just a chunk. I wish that I had take a picture of the fabric before I started my project. The challenge was to make something from the fabric you took home. You were allowed to add a piece of two from your stash to complete the item. The item will be revealed at our retreat in October this year.
This is all the fabric that is left after I finished my table runner. I had no idea what I was going to do with those pieces of fabric, but was lucky enough to get the orange floral in the 1/2 yard and the orange with the brown acorn as the 1/4 yard. I added the "ucky"green mottled, mainly because it picked up the green in the floral and the green in the leaf fabric. That was a odd one. Grey background, with green, rust and dark blue leaves.
I had taken a class at our LQS using this book by Deb Heatherly and the accompanying Cat's Cradle ruler by Creative Grids. I decided to give a pattern in the book a try.
The pattern is called Appalachian Table Runner. It uses 2" squares, 2" by 3" rectangles of various fabrics and larger rectangles (3.5" X 4.5") and 12 squares( 3" X 3") of the light background. Also the centers of the stars are cut 5.5" square.
Here is the center star and you can see the light triangle in the lower left corner almost disappears. That happens with scrappy sometimes.
I quilted this table runner myself. That is not usual for me, but all my go-to long armers are in my group and this challenge is supposed to be a secret until October.....so I had to get brave and do it!
I quilted concentric squares in the center of each of the stars, using my walking foot and the edge of it as a guide. Sometimes it went wonky. Then I echo quilted in the background triangles and corner squares. I did a wavy serpentine stitch ( the zig zag on my Bernina, as wide as it would go and stitch length to 3 blips longer than the #3 on the screen) in the sashing.
You can see the serpentine stitch a little better on the backing. The backing is also from my stash. The border was just channel stitched around and around, using the edge of my walking foot as a guide.
I am excited to have it done, early no less!! But don't tell anyone, OK? None of my friends know I have a blog, so that is not a problem.
I am linking this post up with Crazy Mom Quilts' Finish It Up Friday and also Finished or Not at Busy Hands Quilts.
Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy