Sunny Trio Table Runner

Yesterday, I finished the top for my Let's Book It project for April.

The project I selected this month was this Sunny Trio table runner designed by Patrick Lose. It was featured in the 2010 July/August issue of Fons & Porters Love of Quilting magazine, which gives you some idea how long the pattern has been hanging out in my sewing room.

I matched up fabrics with it long ago, and then I was quite surprised when I finally took it out again. "Wow! I didn't even know I had these fabrics!" I said to myself. It's probably just as well because I would have pirated them for some other project, and then where would I be?

My version sticks pretty close to the original, although it was made with scraps from my stash. Actually, I think that was the point, when I selected the pattern. It was a good pattern to use up those particular scraps. First, I made the blocks. The leaves were made from just one template, and then trimmed to the right shape as I fused them to the background.

After that, I top-stitched them using my machine's blanket stitch.

Then I added the borders. It was a quick project.

It ends up at 12 inches by 32 inches. This is the fabric I'm using for the back, cut to size now.

Also, I'm using a scrap binding leftover from another project. You can see it there on the left of the image below.

This will be quilted next month when I quilt the project for my guild challenge.

These are two small quilts, and they should be easy to finish in just a few days. For the runner, I'll do some pebbling in the center of the flower, some petals in the yellow fabric, some veins in the leaves, and then some kind of filler in the turquoise background. I'll just do some wavy lines in the border. It'll be a nice summer runner and it will fit nicely on my breakfast bar.

Today I'm getting my hair trimmed and doing a few housekeeping chores. The rest of the day will be spent doing some more sewing. The only thing left on my monthly list of goals is to finish the blocks for the Doors of Ireland quilt. First, however, I'm going to make a mug rug for my daughter-in-law for her May 1st birthday. I'll say more about that later.

7 comments from clever and witty friends:

treadlemusic said...

Love your progress! The sunflower(?) piece is adorable and has given me some great thoughts of future stash usage!!!! Thank you! Sounds like a lovely day to me!!!!

Kathy S. said...

Very fun!

Christine M said...

Your table runner looks great, Barbara. What perfect fabric you have for the backing.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely projects - the sunflower backing is great.

Tami C said...

Love your B&W houses!

quiltzyx said...

Your new table runner looks great! Isn't it fun to look at something that's been put away & be surprised? I remember the first time I saw a Radiant Star wallhanging I had given to my niece after some years. I had that "I made that??!!?" moment. :^)

Junebug613 said...

I love how simple and pleasing both of your projects are. I just purchased my first Patrick Lose pattern a couple of months ago. It will be one of my first new projects, after I get a few UFOs finished. I already have the fabric purchased too! You'd like it - just have to change the cat to grey and white.....
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