Friday Finish and A Pile of Olympic Fabric

>> Friday, February 26, 2010

My Valentine Runner is Quilted!

I made the runner last year. I know I used this big block pattern, which was in a Fon's and Porter Love of Quilting magazine (maybe even the Feb 2009 issue?) because it would give me large spaces to practice quilting.
A year later, here it is:)

I used a different colour thread on each of the three blocks. I really like the peach thread on the pink. In this photo you can see the circle of hearts in the middle of the block and some of the heart border.

I traced the paisleys from the fabric onto freezer paper and used that as a sewing guide in the two spaces between the blocks. Paisleys are an easier curve to sew than the hearts, but I like how the heart border turned out.

Here are my February strip blocks. Can you tell I was going for an Olympic theme with my last block? I may even stitch something in the white strips. Although then I may have to do it on each block.

Speaking of the Olympics. . .

Do you think I've been influenced by the Olympic colour scheme?

Maybe just a little?! I picked these fabrics up on sale while shopping for my giveaway. How does that saying go - one for you, two for me? or three!! Anyway, I was impressed that I bought tone on tone fabrics for myself. Usually I buy big prints. Right now I have quite a few big prints waiting for these kinds of fabrics so they can play nice together in a quilt.

I've also started to buy more of a fabric. I bought half a metre of the lighter green and a metre each of the beige and dark green. This way I can use them as a main fabric - I would use any of these as background fabrics - and not have to limit design decisions on how much of these colours I have on hand.

A few more things waiting to be finished this morning.
Then onto March's list of things to get done!
One pressing big project is waiting for me. Time to move it to the front of the sewing line.

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Rachel Slote-Brown February 26, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

Congrats on getting your table runner done, the quilting on it looks really good. You've come a long way ;)
I really like the fabric you bought. I agree that it isn't what you usually buy but would compliment really well. Have fun with them.
My string block is finished too, I'll have to take a pic this morning and post it. Maybe we should exchange strings to add to the variety - although a lot of my strings already came from you.
Go Canada Go!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson February 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

Your tone on tones will mix in very well with your larger prints.

Practicing machine quilting on a small project is the way to go. It is easier to maneuver it around than a big one so you can try out shapes and see what you like doing the most.

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