Tuesday, March 24, 2015
#Creativegoodness again! Since I decided to participate in the Project Quilting challenge, using charm squares, (5" pieces), I discovered a few that I had purchased years ago. When I first started quilting, and buying cottons, I did quite a bit of buying from Ebay. A few sellers often had good deals on either manufactured packs of charms (the collection) or ones they cut and packaged. I have a few packaged sets I didn't know what to do with, so they got stored in baskets on the shelf in my studio. The collection bundles are multiple packs, with some yardage to match (for most, after I realized I needed the coordinates for binding and borders) and enough to make a quilt. The seller cut packs are...not. Not enough to make a quilt, and without coordinates for borders or binding.
That poses a challenge! Especially when the packs are older, as the fabrics are most likely out of print. Some may be available, but since I'm on a Use the Stash challenge with Christine, I'm trying NOT to buy. I'm allowed to purchase border and binding, but I'm trying not to.
One of the packs was an assortment of 4 prints from the Park Slope collection by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit fabrics. I had to google Park Slope to get that info. I have 8 charms of each print, with just a label of the name and the name of the shop. Nothing in my stash was similar in design, and although I could have added a solid, I chose to just sew the squares together, and quilt it. I decided to do a table runner.
I was inspired by the flowers so I did loops and flowers in the quilting design. The back is a solid white muslin, with Warm & Natural batting. Thread is the sweetest lime green by Aurifil, 50wt, Color 1231. Although I have a blue variegated, and some aquas that would work, the lime just added the right touch to this bright runner.
This was a fun, fast and easy project. Perfect use of the charms, after all this time. And great to play with creating a quilting design, and using colors I seldom use, like aqua and lime. I worked on this during International Quilt Day, and used fabrics from my stash, and leftover pieces of backing and batting. I do think that's the perfect thing to do for #quiltygoodness.
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