With Blue Sky, the blue and creams are so soothing to work with and I have decided to play with the blocks in between other projects. I'm just taking my time, cutting strips, making pairs, sewing 3 pairs in a row, and sewing these units together that will result in a checkerboard-style border to add to my Blue Sky quilt top. I've got a good start, but have lots more units to make. When I put them all together, sure looks like a little quilt, but I plan to keep the borders 3 units wide, like the bottom right unit in the picture.
Once I was "on a roll", I put these away for a bit and pulled out a jelly roll that was collecting dust in my closet, Soho Calico Blues by Benartex. I used a pattern called "Tango" from The Trendy Table by Heather Peterson of Anka's Treasures. The pattern is all about using strip sets, so out came my Hex 'n More ruler to make my 60 degree triangles.
In no time at all, my table runner went from start to finish and onto the table for a pic.
But of course, table runners are like chips...I can't eat, or make(!) just one! So out came Linda's Arrows pattern designed by my friend Linda who blogs at Scrapmaster. Visit my previous blog to read all about her visit to our guild last month HERE.
These little paper pieced arrows were very addictive...
and the runner was a perfect project to use with some bright fabrics from my stash and some low volume prints for the scrappy backgrounds.
I changed the pattern a tad to add a border using one of the yummy fat quarters I ordered recently from Patch. I quilted it primarily with straight line stitching with some FMQ triangles/arrows in the borders and Ta Da!
Once these runners were finished, I decided to go searching in my sewing closet and, sure enough, I found a batch of pinwheel blocks left over from another project. I only had to sew 3 more pinwheels together to have enough for another table topper.
I went through my batch of fabrics that arrived recently in my May Fat Quarter subscription from Dinkydoo Fabrics and found a border fabric that I loved!
I decided to keep the quilting at a minimum with all those pieces, doing some diagonal stitching.
So now you have an idea what I've been busy with. I do love to do some small projects once in awhile, and these table toppers fit the bill. What's next? Who knows? It's a great day for quilting!