Hey there! How are you? It’s been a bit stop-go ’round here lately and I’m trying to accept there are some things I’m never going to finish. But, that doesn’t have to be negative, right?!
For instance, I know I’m never going to finish the quilt I started with Amy Smart’s Virtual Quilting Bee, much as I’d like to. My quilting mojo was interrupted by too much illness and I’ve just lost momentum. So now I’ve got 6 blocks hanging around that are far too pretty to be shoved in a box and forgotten about, but there aren’t really enough of them to do anything substantial with either.
Enter Christmas. I love to make all the gifts I give to family and friends, which means I can often be making 20 odd things each year. So how handy is it when you’ve already got 6 cute blocks ready to burn a hole in your to make list?! Hmm, I thought to myself, 6 blocks could become 3 wee table runners… Here’s the first one hot off the machine:
The palette is fresh and spring-like and that block on the right is my absolute favourite of the 6 I made. It’s called Tilt-a-Whirl and you can find all the details here. Here’s a close up:
The other block I used in this runner is called Make It Do, which you can see in the picture below. I free motion quilted (fmq) this piece, which is the first time I’ve done that in a loooong time!
And, boy do I need some practice! But that’s another great reason to work on small projects isn’t it: you get to practice different things without too much time commitment.
The other two runners are currently works in progress and I decided to try setting the blocks on point to give them a bit more width. I forgot that it also gives you some darn stretchy edges to work with (and I ran out of starch, doh!). Still, it’s looking okay so far, so fingers crossed! I think I’ll fmq around the pink roses, but I’m not quite sure how I’m going to approach quilting the rest of it – any ideas? What would you do?
Well, I’m off to stitch on that final border, so if you’ve got any quilting ideas let me have ’em! And don’t forget to share what else you could do with orphan blocks – how have you used yours?
Linking up with Freshly Pieced.
(click the image to discover lots of other quilty works in progress this week.)