So this is my big finish for the week:
A "fall forest" table runner!
There is a semi-entertaining story behind this piece. It was inspired by this post from Amanda at crazy mom quilts. I love the Bright Birch Trees pattern and have been intending to make one for a while. I had these pieces left over from the bargello table runner I made for my sister-in-law:
These were big pieces! At first I thought I'd make a pillow out of them, but then I decided to use them in a version of the bright birch trees.
These worked great! Except for two things: 1) even though they were big pieces, there was only enough for 5 blocks, and 2) there is no pattern so simple that I can't mess it up. And mess it up I did, friends. I kept getting the pieces turned around and swapping parts of different blocks. (This would not have happened if I had used different background colors, like the pattern.) It was a hot mess. At one point I gave up, but I hate to waste fabric, so the next day I picked up the seam ripper and went to town.
|Yep, I'm going to have to cut that again!|
Eventually I worked it out enough that I could have a long table runner. The blocks are not trimmed the way they should be, but they were going to be a table runner, so I think that's okay. I actually didn't measure almost anything and just eyeballed the blocks when I trimmed at the end. I know this is wrong, but I just couldn't help myself!
Overall, I like how this turned out. I think it looks like trees with the leaves just turning in the fall. It was also a good learning experience for me. Really, there is not a pattern I can't mess up, but I can usually make it turn out okay.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Once again, we will be busy as all get out. Stitch a few seams for me, because I know I won't be able to!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish it up Friday.