The quilt for Fr. Tim used 10" squares, and I cut them down to make the star blocks. These trimmed pieces were sewn together for the background of these runners. I just kept sewing them together. I think I used them all, but may find more in a pile somewhere (of course, there are piles). I used them as leader-enders for chain piecing blocks. That's one of Bonnie Hunter's ideas, and I love it. It's better than sewing on scraps and tossing them away. Anyway, I just kept adding to them last year, then set them aside. Then my friend Lily the Batty Quilter from Etsy's Quiltsy Team suggested a Patriotic challenge for June. Since I had these started, I was hoping to finish them and list them for the challenge, but I wasn't done in time. That's fine, since they're done and now in my Etsy shop.
After looking at the blue and white/mottled stripes, I decided they needed some fun applique, so I put Wonder Under on the back of some red Island Batik Basic and ran it through the Accuquilt GO! die cutter, on the Stars die #55028. It cuts 3 different sizes, so I figured it would be fun to use all 3.
Since one runner is thinner than the other, I varied the placement and number of each size, then stitched them down with red Aurifil 40wt thread, on my Janome Horizon 9450. I was thinking of using the embroidery file that comes with the purchase of the die, but had ironed them down first. It's easier to have the program put a "placement" line first, which I forgot. It was going to be a challenge to line up all the stars for the embroidery machine, so I took the easy way and just did the stitching myself. I added more of the Red basic for borders. I used 3 Tours Wavy Stars panto on the Prostitcher, and Auriful 40wt Liberty thread, a red, white and blue variegated. I think it looks awesome! The stars echo the applique.
When the wide backing was loaded, these were the first things I had quilted. There was enough space to the side to quilt some mug rugs and a mini quilt, which are next to get binding. I also quilted a flag, that will be bound soon, and the 2 yellow and blue runners for the Sunshine Stitching blog hop (see yesterday's post for that, and a give-away).
Any progress is good! What did you do for #justsewjune today? Each day, just try to do something for 10 minutes or more. It really helps to see progress!