The Splendid Sampler™: Block 76

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The 76th block of The Splendid Sampler, called Little Things, by Jacquelynne Steves, was a pretty intimidating one, with all these tiny hour-glass units. However, I didn’t have any trouble piecing them, and although there are a pair with some mismatching points, I’m really happy with the result. I wasn’t sure about throwing the black prints in the mix, and I’m so glad I gave them a try!

The appliqué cup gives a nice touch to the block, doesn’t it? This central space is also a good one to play with fussy-cuts.

Pattern, link party and other information about this particular one are here.

Two table runners

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These two table-runners were a special request from my mother, who also picked the fabric for them (a charm  pack) and gave me the final dimensions they should have. My main concern was to make the most of the fabric, and after some research, I decided for the hour-glass block, following this tutorial by Amy Smart (Diary of a quilter). I learnt a couple of things on the way about working with hour-glass blocks:

– When cutting the HST, watch out to keep the diagonal always in the same direction, otherwise, seams won’t nest.

– Look out for the diagonals when assembling blocks, and pin!

I assembled the blocks in columns instead of rows, so I wouldn’t have so many points to match. I found it rather difficult joining the columns together, as the seams had so much bulk. I did spin the central seams, and that helped in quilting, but didn’t affect the columns at all. Lots of seam-ripper went into these in order to get better matching points.

And to match the given dimensions, I opted to add the border in the second of them, when I run out of the main fabric. I must say that there were no left-overs from the charm-pack, and the border comes from a bundle I purchased some time ago, in order to stash some neutral fabric (and that came pretty handy in this case!)

As the table runners would be topped with lots of things, I kept the quilting pretty simple, just ecoing some of the diagonals. The binding is one of my favourite fabric lines for the job: Quilter’s Linen, by Robert Kaufman. I just love this rust colour… and I stashed it from a sale!

My mother loved the final result and I’m really happy of how these two turned out (and that I was able to finish them in due date!).

Project: Two table runners
Size: (1) 11″ x 28″ / 28 x 71 cm (2) 11″ x 31″ / 28 x 79 cm
Date: January, 2016June, 2016
Pattern: Hour-glass blocks
Top fabric: Jelly Bean, by Laundry Basket Quilts, Moda Fabrics
                  (border) Rove Indienne, French General, Moda Fabrics
Backing fabric: unknown, caramel fabric
Batting: Regular Thermolam TP970 (100% polyester), Legacy
Quilting: machine-quilt, Star Mercerized Egyptian Cotton, WT 30 Colour 480.
Binding: Quilter’s Linen 9864-179 (Rust), Robert Kaufman Fabrics

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Stars-quilt weekly stats and new projects on the table…

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This week the Stars-quilt has had improvement, but I’m also working on other projects that are going to slow down its progress. Specially, I’m considering joining a 2-block per week – one year long QAL, so this would definitively make the Stars-quilt a besides project. But, for this week, the numbers are:

Stars basted: 88/88 (528/528 templates)
Stars sewn: 63 /88
Background pieces basted: 9/264
Stars completed: 0

On the “other projects” side, this week I finally decided on a pattern for the “Jelly Bean” charm pack and I’m quite happy of how it’s turning out. I’m making two table-runners (that is the request I was ask for) with hour-glass blocks. At the moment I have one almost already pieced; I’m having trouble joining the columns due to the thick seams that should nest, so lots of seam ripper for the moment! Any tip of how to join hour-glass blocks rows together?