What’s under my foot? Today…
Not only is today your day to share what you have been working on, but its also the first week of the Island Batik Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop. I hope you’ll stay with me through the end of this very long post.
The bundle I received includes a half yard cut of the entire collection and the challenge was to use every fabric in our project.
Not being much of a home decorator it took me a while to find my groove. Our home has 2 large bay windows and over the years I have placed antique doilies in the seat, some were crocheted and some were linen, some were both. They were difficult to keep flat and eventually I gave up on that idea.
Since the window seat is not square I was a little nervous about making a runner but that is what I did. Freezer paper was perfect for making a pattern template because it can be cut to any size and it folds easily.
I love hexi quilts but not the hand piecing involved so a few years ago I drew templates for a paper pieced hexi block. You can find the templates on my Free Pattern page.
If you stagger the blocks you get a secondary star design.
If you stagger and set the blocks on their side the design is completely different.
I did play with both of these ideas and even thought about an on point hexi but it didn’t look as great as the one in my imagination.
The fabric bundle opened up
Moo Milk for background
Once my templates were pieced I lay them out on top of the freezer paper template and made sure it was completely covered. The sides would have to be trimmed off to the correct angle of course. Once I was happy with the block placement I sewed all hexi’s together using Aurifil Thread and Schmetz needles.
Loaded it on the frame and quilted it with the blocks staggered as shown above. I save large trimmings of batting and I would love to tell you which Hobbs Batting this is but I have no idea. Pressed the quilted runner to my freezer paper and trimmed the sides to achieve the angle below.
In my home lighting is all or nothing. Now you can see why its laying in the grass for photos.
Nordic Nature will be a perfect collection for a Christmas themed quilt or runner, hmm. As for the runner above, it’s a keeper for all seasons and I no longer have to worry about my pottery being bumped and sliding off the seat. What you see is about the extent of my decorating wants except there’s usually a tart warmer and another piece of pottery sitting there along side the plant and swan.
Thank you Island Batik for this challenge. Without it I never would have made anything for this window and I never would have had the experience of binding an odd shaped quilt. Of course thank you to Hobbs, Schmetz and Aurifil thread.
Island Batik giveaway
Your shares from #49
I am so proud to share Anne-Marie’s progress on her For the love of geese quilt. Guess what? She’s using Island Batik fabrics too. Anne-Marie blogs at Stories from the Sewing Room. She is a quilter too and you find her quilting site here.
And more Island Batik fabric. This time by Gail of Quilting Gail. Cant wait to see her IB hop project.
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