Raise your hand if you are tired of Winter and ready for Spring. Me, too! While you wait for sunshine and green foliage and cheery flowers, why not sew a warm-weather inspired table runner?
“Pretty Blossoms” is published in the March/April 2021 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. I was inspired to make this quilt by the lovely memories of visiting my grandmothers in the summertime and seeing the colorful flowers they planted in the borders surrounding their homes and in the first row of their vegetable gardens: gladiolas, zinnias, petunias, impatiens, and sweet William. When designing the runner, I wanted the flowers to float in a field of green leaves and grass. I felt I should use two shades of green for interest; the runner would be too boring if I used only one green fabric. I chose pink and purple for the flowers, but you could choose your favorite floral colors. Incidentally, the vibrant fabrics I used are from Wilmington Prints.
This project utilizes a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) technique, so once you have completed piecing the runner, you have also completed the quilting. (Consult the magazine for detailed diagrams and explanation, pg. 48.) I added extra color on the runner perimeter by enclosing jumbo rickrack in the binding. You can see the placement of the rickrack in the picture below. I used double-sided, water soluble basting tape to hold the rickrack in place. To reduce bulk in the binding, I snipped away the rickrack curves that extended past the edges of the runner.
I love the magazine photographer’s suggestion of using “Pretty Blossoms” on a kitchen island. It’s the perfect complement to a springtime luncheon. In a comment below, tell what floral colors you would use in your table runner to reflect your favorite blossoms.