I'm always a bit slow. Until I started making the little Schnibble quilts, I had only made four small quilts. So here I am, I've been a quiltmaker for almost 30 years (child prodigy) and I've made a couple hundred quilts in various sizes but until last November, I had never made a table-runner.
The only reason I got around to making one is that somebody had to do it... but I'm probably getting a little ahead of myself here.
Last year, after two years of leaping tall buildings and dazzling everyone with their creative genius, Camille Roskelley and Joanna Figueroa decided to retire as the Scrap Lab Design team for American Patchwork's Quilts and More magazine and accept their well-deserved recognition as Designers Emeritus. After a lot of begging, pleading, whining and bribery - by moi - the lovely folks who make the decisions for Quilts and More - Jill Mead and Jody Sanders - asked me to be one half of the new Scrap Lab team.
The best thing about this is getting to meet Patty Young, albeit a bit long-distance. Do you know Patty? She is the brilliant mind behind ModKid Boutique. In addition to the fabulously cute kids clothing she designs, she also does gloriously beautiful fabric for Michael Miller. Patty also writes a terrific blog.
For our first collaboration as a team, we were able to use Patty's current collection Textured Basics.
Picking the fabric was probably the easy part because when Jill asked Patty and I if we could think of anybody we'd like to ask to participate, we came up with about 382 names. Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts was on our list.
All three of us were given a half-yard of Natural Texture - a cream textured background fabric - and six fat eighths - three stripes and three polka dots. From that, we had to make something. Because the goal is always a bit of variety, we discussed the different projects that everyone would make. Patty had already designed a wonderful pillow from her fabric that could be made with that amount of fabric so we had one pillow.
That's Patty's pillow in the upper right corner.
After Jill hinted that a table-runner is always welcome because they're very popular... I volunteered to make that... unless Julie really wanted to. Smart girl that she is, she said she had another idea. She had a couple of really, really good ideas but after some discussion with Jill regarding additional materials, she decided to make a very clever - and really cute - lunch trio. It's a Table setting consisting of a coordinated placemat, coaster and napkin made with 60-degree triangles. (Julie is incredibly creative with those triangles - just check out what she's done with her Hex-n-More ruler.)
So we have a pillow, a table-setting trio and a table-runner, right?
Editorial decisions were made and my table-runner became a wall-hanging. But it will always be a wall-runner to me.
Yes, I made this from the fabric packet provided! And yes, I machine-quilted this myself.
If you'd like to make any of the three projects, you'll need the Summer 2013 issue of Quilts and More and a kit. You can get that from Patty at ModKidBoutique.com. The kit is $15.00 and that includes shipping.
If you'd like to see more of Patty's fabric, the Fat Quarter Shop has some terrific bundles of her recent collections.
So there you have it... my first almost table-runner. You'll have to wait until August to hear about what happened with the tote bag I made for the Fall issue.
Two three last little things - thank you, thank you for the kind thoughts and good wishes. I appreciate it very much. As for the pineapple blocks, I'm done with the first twenty-five blocks and I'll start the remaining blocks later this week. I'll also be back tomorrow - at least that's the plan - to tell you more about my blocks and quilt. After making this very traditional one, I think I'm going to need to make a scrumptiously happy version this summer. (Hint hint!)
And finally, after resisting mightily for as long as possible, I have taken the Instagram plunge. I've had the app on my phone for ages - at least two years - but never got around to actually signing up and using it. (I warned you... I'm a little slow with some things.) But because I don't want to miss out on friend's summer vacation pictures, I signed up. It pains me to admit this but it's actually a lot of fun. Though I do only have seven pictures so far - I need to get out more. If you're on Instagram, I'm CarrieRosieAz.