Back here in Vermont without my Quilt-y Cousin but I still have QC adventures to share! On Thursday we spent the entire day together, just having fun. We started our day as we start all our days together, sharing the Jumble and Crossword puzzle. QC makes two copies of the puzzles and we sit out on the patio with our coffee and work on them. The original puzzles stay in the paper and go to the neighbor.
After coffee and puzzles, we had French Toast for breakfast, a trip to QC’s hairdresser for me (she’s GREAT!!!) and then a quick stop at farm stands for dinner ingredients. Then we were ready for more fun.
QC had a table runner pattern she wanted to try so I agreed to make one too. We pored over our scraps, shared some, and got started. This was a QAYG pattern which was great as we knew we could make it in one day. Quilting As You Go can save a lot of time and energy.
The table runner started like this. You lay down your backing then put your batting on top. Spray-baste them together. Find the centers, both veritical and horizontal. Mark the centers right on your batting. See my red lines. I lay my square down and center by matching up the corners with the four lines I drew. I place two triangles on opposites and stitch them down, followed by two more triangles on the opposite sides and stitch them down.
Press well. I then laid two more triangles down on opposite sides and stitched down, followed by the other two on the other two sides and stitched, then pressed.
Following that same process, I added the third set of triangles.
Our directions told us to take the four largest triangles, stitching the first two to opposites like before. The other two triangles had the top of the triangle cut off. leaving 2 1/2″ of the final two triangles. Are you wondering why we had to cut off the two triangle tops? We’re making a table runner so those two triangles without tops mark the two narrow sides of the runner.
Next it was time to start adding the many strips of fabrics, mixing up the colors to add interest.
There were four different sized strips needed, starting with 11″ down to 3 1/2″. We added with the two longest sizes and alternated them, 11″ and 9 1/2″.
I was using the fabrics I got at Marden’s earlier in the Maine trip plus some greens I had picked up at Keepsake Quilting. I supplemented with some of Quilt-y Cousin’s fabrics and she did the same. I was using mainly brighter colors; she used more muted colors but both of us were using pinks and greens.
At this point it was add borders or binding. We both decided to just add binding.
This was a moderately easy pattern. There were some important steps that were not made clear but we managed to have a lovely finished product just the same! I would recommend you REALLY read the pattern all the way through. We ended up cutting up a lot of extra strips because the writing was not clear about the strips in the first step!
A happy finish to my visit to my cousin’s. Oh, yes. Her cousin from the other side of the family dropped off some ice cream which we tried that evening.
Yes, this is really lobster ice cream. It’s a buttery, creamy sweet vanilla with little (but lots) of frozen lobster pieces in the ice cream.
… but neither of us finished that tiny serving. We went back to the kitchen to get Reese’s chocolate peanut-butter ice cream instead! Have you had Lobster Ice Cream? If so, would you have it again? If both were placed in front of you, which would you go for first?
Happy Stitching, dear Readers. Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a beautiful day!