Thursday, February 25, 2021

A Yellow Finish

Here we are almost at the end of February or "Yellow February" if you are playing along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2021.  I've stepped it up a bit and am also doing the Table Scrap Challenge using the RSC colors.  With no further to do, here's my yellow table runner. 

If you are looking for a name for the block I used, I can't tell you.  After I had all the pieces cut out and laid out, I randomly changed the directions on at least one four patch in each block.  So if you name it, it's probably only the name for one of the blocks.  Perhaps the name of this should be Wild Table Runner. 

Most of the pieces were cut with my AccuQuilt dies.  The blocks are 12" finished. The 4 patches start as 2.5" squares.  The half square triangles are made 2 at a time with 5" squares (sewn on lines a quarter inch away from the diagonal) trimmed to 4.5", and the centers are 4.5" using the Go Round Flower Die.  I used a shiny embroidery thread in yellow for the quilting.  Unlike last month's table runner, I was ready to get this one done -- so I used a minimal amount of quilting.  You can see the square around the four patches.  I also stitched in the ditch by the yellow part of the triangles. (I stitched in the batting to move from triangle to triangle.)  And I called it done.  Not a very time consuming table runner. And it looks bright and sunny on our table. 

Do you see the mug at the far end?  I got that from my grandparent's house.  It is a Royal Dalton Toby mug.  It had some yellow flowers and and overall springy look to me so it became part of the picture. 
 



Thanks go to Nann at With Strings Attached for the backing fabric. A while ago I got a surprise box in the mail filled with fabric. I know I used several pieces when I was making masks. But I hadn't looked through it recently so I decided to see if there was any yellow fabric in there that would work for the back. Yes, there was a nice piece that works well. 

It makes a nice little roll with the backing being shown.  


Here you can see the binding, a bit of the front and the backing.  I used a bunch of different yellows from my yellow scrap bag which you can see a bit here. 

I've finished my yellow friendship stars and have added them to the pink stars on the design wall. 

I'm closing in on the yellow scrap basket I've been making for a while.  I haven't decided if I will continue to make a basket in the RSC color every month.   I think it will depend on whether I have lots of scraps in a particular color.  

And, what happens to your yardage collection when you are trying to find binding for a table runner and lining for a basket?  It's thrown around quite a bit.  So, before the end of the month I will straighten my yellow yardage.  

I've been working on straightening my piles of yardage by picking a new color every few weeks. (Heaven forbid I do it all at one time.)  A couple of weeks ago it was pink.  Now I need to do the yellows. My shelves hold fabric that is supposedly at least 1/2 yard and more.  I say supposedly because sometimes I leave smaller pieces there and sometimes I cut hunks off but leave the rest. For the longest time I bought mostly half yard pieces. In the last few years I've been trying to buy 1 yard or larger pieces so I can more easily pull fabric for a lap quilt from stash.  Sometimes that works, and sometimes not. It won't take more than 10 or 15 minutes to have those yellows looking good again. (Ugh, both the greens and browns look pawed through too...) 

I'm linking up with several parties today.  Visit Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday, Beauties Pageant, Table Scraps, and Scrap Happy Saturday. (Wow, that's a lot more link ups then I expected!)  I'll link up as the blogs become available.  I'm looking forward to some serious blog surfing to get new ideas. (Ok, truth is I don't need a lot of new ideas ... I need to finish some UFOs and have fun starting new projects for which I've already gathered fabric and pattern!) 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 



Sunday, February 21, 2021

Monday Meanderings 2 - 23 - 2021

Much was done this week but most of it will be revealed fully later.  So, going straight to my goals for last week will show I was working really hard most of the week.  (In between reading weather reports and watching sleet and snowfall)

2/15/2021

Bind T shirt quilt ☑️ done! 

Finish yellow table runner ☑️ finished -- here's a peak of one of the blocks:

Quilt one of my quilts ☑️ Finished Saturday afternoon. 

This top used one of my previous Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.

Start another scrap basket ☑️ I decide to use the RSC February color of yellow to make my next basket.  The yellow scrap bag was out anyway. 


I also made several different blocks for various reasons. So a lot of personal sewing was done after I finished binding the t shirt quilt.


Next up are my goals for this week.  With so many things being close to completion or actually finished I had to figure out what UFO or new project to start.  I picked one of each.  Here's what's happening this coming week. 


2/22/2021

Bind propellor quilt

Keep making yellow fabric basket

Cut out & make more RWB Ohio Star blocks

Make blocks for the Anniversary top

Start a stripppy baby quilt


Do you spend time reading blogs from the various blog parties?  I enjoy seeing and hearing what folks are working on.  I read quite a few blogs last week and had to share a new quilter's term one blogger coined.  I loved it. QSD.  You don't know what it is?  Well, go look at Beauty's Creation. Didn't find it?  It stands for Quilter's Squirrel Disorder.  I think that is one of the cutest acronym yet.  And, oh how I empathize with it.  Hum, I wonder if the strippy baby quilt listed above might be considered part of the Squirrel Disorder? 


That's it for today.  Take some time to visit all the wonderful linky parties I'm linking this post to: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday.  Hope you spend some enjoyable time checking out blogs across the internet. 


Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Monday Meanderings 2 - 15 - 2021

Winter has really arrived in the Mid-Atlantic states.  Last Monday my iPhone showed this for our weather. Supposedly 7 snowy days out of 9 days.  Luckily we didn't have that much snow.  We had snow on Thursday.  Not too bad.  Then a bit of rain on Friday with more snow overnight. And Saturday it was mostly sleet with snow during the day.  Nothing is really melting yet.  But it will be as there is only one day this week showing snow/rain.  I guess it will depend on when it starts raining if it becomes snow.  


I spent most of the weekend stitching.  But I did snap this quick photo out of my french doors in my basement studio.  We haven't seen this much ice and snow for years.

On to how I did on my goals last week: 

2/8/2021
Quilt T Shirt Quilt☑️
Work on Yellow table runner☑️
Make some RSC blocks (yellow also)☑️
Finish cleaning the cutting table ☑️

No pictures yet of the T shirt quilt but the quilting was done by noon on Saturday.  One day this past week I pulled out the bits  of yellow and white units.  I laid out what I had and came up with an idea for a 3 block table runner.  (Yes, I like smaller runners as we keep our table small unless we have a crowd.)  I did get a few other blocks made too.  So, overall, I was really happy with what I finished this past week.  I've got several more blocks cut out ready to be sewn too. That left me more than enough time to really clean up my cutting table on Sunday. 


This is how it looked Sunday around 3:00 pm.  Truth be told I started working on my table runner again and I left all sorts of yellow and white fabrics on the purple cutting mat and something on the grey one too.  The AccuQuilt cutter was opened again and used. I've promised myself that I would clean it all up again when I finish the runner.  Time will tell!  


Now for this coming week: 


2/15/2021

Bind T shirt quilt

Finish piecing yellow table runner

Quilt one of my quilts

Start another basket

Stitch up RSC yellow blocks and FCQ Equilter's blocks 


My guess is I'll probably do more but this list is what I really want to get done.  I need to decide on what project I should work on next.  It might make sense to work on a UFO so I'll look through my list and see what strikes my fancy. 


NEWS FLASH:  I forgot an entire quilt when I reported my January stashbusting statistics.  It was my Wild Snowball quilt that I posted on February 1. (You can also see what my cutting table looked like before the big clean up in the same post.) It added another 4.25 yards.  Here are the new statistics. It made the month look even better than it was!  I'm hoping I don't succumb to buying any fabric this month.  I've succeeded for half a month. 


2021

Fabric In Month

Fabric In Year

Fabric Out Month

Fabric Out Year

Total In or Out Year

Jan

8.000

8.000

14.50

14.50

6.50





That's it for this week.  I'm linking with my regular parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday*.  * I'll link up on Tuesday hopefully but will see if I remember. Plus the linky party is being moved to another blog.  I'll let you know where it is then.  Thanks to the gals at Home Sewn by Us for hosting To Do Tuesday for quite a long time.  And thanks, also, to Chris at Chris Knits for taking on the linky party.


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 




 






Thursday, February 11, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day --- on Sunday.  Today I thought I would share my Valentine's Day quilts. Valentine's Day is well represented in my quilt collection.  So here are the ones I found to hang or put out this year.  I think I have one more but it's not out. 

In the early 90's I was on Prodigy one of the first Internet providers for consumers. There was a very active quilting group on it.  We had a lot of block swaps.  These are one set, 4" blocks with quarter square triangles set between.  I like how the quarter square triangles set off each heart block.  Some of the blocks were signed and I've actually found some of the gals on the Internet in the last few years.  Someday I'll probably see if I can find any of the others.  
At one time almost every quilt I made was a Mystery Quilt.  Marge at Delaware Quilts offered mystery quilts to folks who made donations to the American Cancer Society.  I subscribed on a regular basis and often made her quilts.  Some of her mystery quilts are available to purchase on her web site. This one was called Folk Art Hearts.  Also check out her block instructions collection. 
A little table runner.  I love the various fabrics in this one.  I used a heart design from the long arm to quilt each heart. 
My last Valentine quilt was made from blocks I won.  The Maryland guild has a monthly block opportunity.  I used to send a block when I moved away. I was happy to win these heart blocks.  I used the book Circle of Nines for the design. (It is no longer in print but I did find one by Googling the title.) I've been looking at my book recently and I can't figure out which design this is.  Most of the quilts are square.  Maybe I made it rectangular but I can't remember! 
I may have one more quilt but I've run out of places to hang them in the house.  There are several holidays that I need to make quilts for  -- maybe this year... or maybe not.  

I'm linking up with Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday, and Beauty Pageants. (I'll link up with the rest as they become available.)   Take some time to see what is going around on the Internet. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 






Sunday, February 7, 2021

Monday Meandering 2 - 8 -2021

Another snowstorm!  We had a few inches last Sunday.  We had some more inches this Sunday.  Neither one required much work to clear but they were both fun to watch.  The grands all enjoyed some serious sledding.  I spent time in the studio during the weather events. 

First up let's see what the goals list looks like.  It's not a great picture! 

2/1/2021

Straighten cutting table, vacuum floor. Put fabric away ☑️ Some done but not finished. The Cutting table needs to be cleaned more.

Finish purple basket ☑️ Finally! See pics below

Make more RWB Ohio Star blocks☑️ 4 done.  Not sure how many I'm working toward.

Quilt one of my quilts. Didn’t do anything.

Yellow RSC blocks and/or table runner - I’ve got an idea so its a start!  


Here's my purple basket. I decided a while ago to make cloth baskets to hold my colored scraps.  This is a different pattern but it looks like it will work just fine.  



Here are the two finished ones on the shelf.  (Hum, I need to move the books as I make more of these baskets.)  I wonder what color I should do next?


It took a bit to figure out what I need to do this coming week.  The biggest news is the t shirt quilt is now a top.  I forgot to put it on the list last week but  the quilting definitely will be on this week.  I've got a couple more quilts coming in for customers soon.  It's nice to do quilts for others but I also like my sewing time for me. Here's what I'm planning to work on this week. 

2/8/2021

Quilt T Shirt Quilt

Work on Yellow table runner

Make some RSC blocks (yellow also)

Finish cleaning the cutting table 


What did look great this past month is my fabric usage.  I used more than I brought in! Whoopee!  I'm curious how you account for wide backs since I bought 4 yards this month?  Last year I decided I would add just one yard in but only count one yard used even if I got 2 smaller quilts on the width.  This year I'm trying something different.  I'm going to count each wide back yard as 2 yards.  It seems more realistic to me.  I'll see how I like it (and whether it's difficult to figure it out) this year and maybe adjust it next year. 


2021

Fabric In Month

Fabric In Year

Fabric Out Month

Fabric Out Year

Total In or Out Year

Jan

8.000

8.000

10.250

2.250

2.250






That should do it for this week's goal. I'm linking up to these Linky Parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday. Enjoy surfing this week. 


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 


Thursday, February 4, 2021

A Finish -- A Long Time Coming

 First the personal good news! 


Wow!  Mary Washington Hospital Center was so very well organized!  I was really early for my appointment because I thought it was an hour earlier than it was.  No problem. They moved me in from car check in to being texted to come on in.  Yes there was a small line but it moved so quickly.  Next thing I know I was chatting pleasantly with the gal getting ready to give me the shot.  No, she didn't know how many shots she had given but I sensed it was a whole bunch. What? You're done already?  I don't think I even felt it go in -- amazing.  Then on to set my follow up appointment which is 4 weeks away.  I was done before my actual appointment time.  

Backing up a bit  -- it started with the Rappahannock Area Health District being on top of their game.  I filled out an on line survey saying I wanted to get a vaccine several weeks ago. On 1/22 I received an acknowledgement and was told to expect a text when I could sign up for an appointment.  The email to sign up came in Wednesday morning. It probably sat in my in box for 15 minutes but once I saw it I immediately scheduled my appointment -- for the very next day!  Pat got his announcement within the hour but I had left for a hair cut so he didn't know exactly when my appt was so  he goes first thing tomorrow morning.  We were euphoric!  Kudos to the state of Virginia and RAHD for keeping us well informed and Mary Washington Hospital for being so organized.  

So on to my quilty news.  Today I share a great quilt.  I really love it but man, it has been very problematic.  First off an overall picture of the quilt.  I started this sometime in the late 1990s or possibly early 2002 or so.  I went to a mystery retreat in Lancaster, PA with several gals from my quilt guild.  We had a great time. I didn't get the quilt finished there so it got shunted aside.  Every once and a while it would come out and I'd get some of it done.  I can't say when I got the top completely together.  I decided to hand quilt it as it was before I had my long arm.  I batted it up and basted it and added some pin basting too.  I drug this thing around for YEARS! I'd mark a bit and hoop it up and stitch until my fingers were sore and I was bored.  
Sometime in 2019 I finished the inside of the quilt and started in on the borders.  I don't know why I chose a braid that had 8 rows in it. (Yes, equivalent to going around the border 8 times.)  Near the end of last year I decided to get serious and get this thing done!  So mid January all the quilting was done.  It was time to bind it.  In my infinite wisdom I did put some of the backing fabric in the bag I toted around for years.  It had a note that said 6/2004.  I suspect that was when I started the hand quilting. I stitched the first side of the binding by machine and finished with hand stitching.  DONE!  Since I had been dragging it around so long I knew it had to be washed.  I think I've already mentioned that the backing fabric bled when some water for my iron splashed on it.  But, let's move to a picture or two before I finish this tale. 

Hum, the bushes have gotten bigger since I last took quilt pictures on the rail.

A close up with the quilting, border and the beautiful backing.

Another close up of the quilting.

And, so it's time to continue my tale. Since I knew it was going to bleed I loaded the quilt in the washer with bunches of Color Catchers.  I mean A LOT.  Most were new, a few were slightly used and were very pale blue.  Shock number #1. 


YIKES! Every single one came out a very deep red. Well, except that one with the fold marks.  Some how it had gotten folded and the color didn't penetrate the entire color catcher. (What does it say about my darn washer that it didn't agitate enough to open the darn catcher? Yes, it's a blasted front loader.) 

Here's what the pathetic quilt looked like when I took it out of the washer the first time. 


So, this is may be after the 2nd wash.  I wasn't thinking particularly well the day I washed this as I didn't put a towel or something else in to balance it in the washer.  It was dripping wet when done. I had to wring the thing out to get it so it wasn't dripping all over the place before it went in the dryer. Sigh.

And, Color Catchers #2.  Seven new ones. So why the one in the middle didn't turn pink is a mystery. 

It dried fine but it no longer looks the same. 

So, it isn't horrible but it definitely turned some parts of the quilt pink.The green isn't as vibrant either.  The squares of now pink, were a light cream with little gold specks in them.  I loved it.  But, I still like this.  It just isn't what it was.  Should I have washed the backing fabric before I used it? You bet!  I have been washing every piece of fabric (except precuts) for years.  Truth be told I don't know when I became so fanatical about pre washing everything. Probably when another red fabric bled like crazy.  Maybe that happened after I had already started quilting this one.  It will still look beautiful during Christmas and will evoke memories of the fun my friends and I had at the mystery retreat. But, boo for the bleeding red! Let this be a lesson to everyone who loves to use a strong red!  On the other hand, I'm so glad I dropped water on it and learned it was going to bleed.  I might have put a lot less Color Catchers in and had an even pinker quilt. And, no I don't blame the Color Catchers.  They did the best job they could have -- I should have put the whole box in! 

I'm happy to link up with Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?,  Finished or Not Friday, and Beauties Pageant. Ok, I'm way ahead of where I usually am for a second posting of the week. I'll be back tomorrow to link to the last two parties. You know the drill -- go visit some of these linky parties... you will enjoy seeing and reading about what's going on in quilting rooms across the country! 

This has been a great week.  I'm one seam away from finishing the commissioned T Shirt quilt top.  I've been shot. And, I shared a quilt that was a long time in the making. It's all good.  Hope you are having an excellent week too.  I've got a busy day tomorrow so I should be finishing this up and heading to bed!  

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Monday Meanderings 2 - 1 - 2021

 Hello February -- Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow tomorrow, 2/2?  You can read more about him and his prognostic endeavors on Wikipedia.  The weather forecast in my area doesn't support an early spring at all.  Starting next weekend our temperatures will be in the teens overnight and low 30s to 20s during the day.  Brr.  On the other hand that's a long time from now weather-wise so it may change a lot. 

How did you do on your goals this past week?  I was really successful.  (Note: that doesn't mean I did all of them; just that the ones I really wanted to get done, got done!) 

1/25/2021 

Work on T-shirt quilt, borders, blocks ☑️

Embroider sweatshirt - Moved to future week… 

Bind Christmas quilt☑️ This is will be shown later this week.

Quilt one or more of my quilts ☑️ See below.

Off list: finish pink table runner. ☑️ ***


*** How I could forget to put this on my list is beyond me.  It needed to be done by Sat, 1/30.  You can see the finished Table Scraps table runner here.


I'm happy to say I only have to sew the top and bottom borders together and then add them to the t shirt quilt.  I am really looking forward to finishing this quilt.  I enjoy working on my own projects but every once in a while I take on a big project for a customer.  It's time to get this quilt done. 


Here's my list for the first week of February.


2/1/2021

Put fabric away, straighten cutting table, vacuum floor. 

Finish purple basket

Make more RWB Ohio Star blocks 

Quilt one of my quilts. 

Yellow RSC blocks and/or table runner 


Just so you know I really do need to straighten my cutting space and put fabric away. 


Here's the worse area. 

Yea, I'm not the neatest quilter.  I am lucky to have a very big cutting area.  It's divided into 3 sections.  This front section I "can" cut on but more often I use it to stage my projects: pulled fabric, fabric that needs to stay out until the project is done, things like that. I am notorious for piling up fabric that I've used and then letting it just pile up deeper.  Think archeological dig.   Below, you can see the purple mat that is usually pretty cleaned off and is my main cutting mat. 

I've been stashing cut off fabric at the top of the cutting area.  It's now overwhelming the space and I have less and less space to cut on.  Not a good thing. The space beyond the rulers has my Accuquilt Go Cutter.  It's open and ready to use. If you look back to the first picture above ... the fabric at the bottom right is basically leftovers from the Go cutting.  I tend to toss the little bits, but every once in awhile there are usable pieces left that get piled up there.  ARGH.  It's now driving me crazy.  Therefore it is now time to put this stuff away. (Or throwaway maybe.) 


Since yellow is the RSC color for February I decided to check out my collection of odd blocks and block parts.  I knew I had some yellow bits and pieces.  I'll be figuring out how to incorporate these in whatever project I make. 


Finally, here is the finished top that I quilted and bound last week.  For those of you who read about the Pink Table Scraps runner, I used the same navy blue binding from Kona. 


I've decided to name it Wild Snowballs.  You might remember that my swap group (FCQ Equilters) was making snowball blocks last fall.  I have the 6" snowball die from Accuquilt so I went to town making them.  Often I made two of the fabric so I had a nice collection of blocks for myself. They make a wonderful leader ender block.  So I just kept making them.  And, finally, a quilt!  I used some Kona white (or Snow or one of their whites) for the sashing.  The corner stones was a grey grid that I got in a kit I didn't want to make but loved the fabrics.  


When I went to quilt it I realized that It needed to be finished some how.  The botton row had sashing, but the top and two sides did not.  No problem I thought I'd cut some more sashing and corner stones and be done with it.  Except... I didn't have enough of the grey corner stone fabric.  My solution was to sash the top and then use the white only on the side borders with 4 more corner stones. It worked really well.  You can see pictures of this project here and here.  Here's a couple of close ups.  Left, while quilting; right after quilting.





Here are the details of the quilting:  Thread:  So Fine 451; Pattern: Star Struck Edge-to-Edge, rounded star by My Creative Stitches.  


I haven't any plans for this quilt yet.  I'll probably hold on to it until Hands 2 Help 2021 that Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict does every spring.  It's great having a head start on it. 


That's it for me today.  I'm linking up with the regular gang: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday.  Tomorrow I'll link up with To Do Tuesday. (Ha!  I hardly ever remember! Extra points for me! I remembered early on Tuesday!) Hope you can take a few minutes to surf blogs today 


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 


Saturday, January 30, 2021

RSC and Table Scraps Challenge

Are you a fan of RSC, Rainbow Scrap Challenge?  I seem to participate every other year or so. Although I spend some time nearly every day in my studio I am not a particularly fast planner or doer when it comes to making quilts and such.  So some years I'm all about finishing projects or working on things I want to do.  But some years I like to add the RSC as a form of using more scraps. Instead of doing several different block sets each month, I've joined Table Scraps Challenge at The Joyful Quilter. Ok, yes I did start one new block set with January's pink that I plan to continue.  

But first up is my Table Scraps Challenge runner.  I realize I don't have a lot of pink but did have some fat quarters I really like.  I have a couple of table runner books and books I know have table runners in them.  Plus, I have files of quilt pictures on my computer.  I looked at all of them until I chose Fusion from The Trendy Table by Heather Peterson of Anka's Treasures. (Wow! I just realized she's written two more Trendy Tables books.) 

I decided I wasn't going to use just pink so I selected a light grey allover design and Navy Kona solid. I was going to make it smaller to fit my dining room table. I got to cutting.  Have I mentioned I don't always read directions completely? First, I had to figured out the right size and quantity to cut my pieces. Then I had to sew them the right way. (Really? Why?) Which led me to having to rip frequently.  Oh yes, there was a whole post recently on Jack the Ripper.  This table runner was helped by my friend Jack. I digress.  

Stitching in the ditch. 

After the top was pieced I used my Bernina to quilt it. Yes, I do have a long arm but I only had a small backing and I wanted to do specific things around the design.  I was pleasantly surprised that I could still quilt on the domestic machine.  It's a whole different way of doing when you compare a domestic machine to a long arm.  I remembered how to push the fabric around. First up stitching in the ditch.  Next I did a bit of stippling. (That was a bit harder than the SID.) Then I got out my trusty 1" painter's tape to mark some straight line stitching. As I got going on these steps I realized it was imperative to think about where I was going so I didn't have a bunch of starts and stops.  

Straight line quilting done with 1" painter's tape markings.

Because the straight lines went off the edge of the table runner, I was able to run my stitching off and then make a turn and stitch in the excess until batting until I wanted to make a turn and stitch the next straight line area. That made it much easier as long as I thought about stitching before starting.  And yes, my pointer finger was tracing the lines to make sure I figured out what to do before the machine did its work. 

The final stitching was a curve in the pink pieces.  Again, I thought about the best way to do it to eliminate starts and stops.  Having the navy separating parts of the quilt meant I did have quite a few beginnings and endings.  I did not stitch in the navy at all.  I used a bendable ruler to create a pleasing curve and then drew it on a piece of lightweight cardboard.  I cut it out and had two shapes I could play with.  I used it to draw a line on the pink pieces to give some motion to the quilting. 

As I was quilting I was pondering the binding.  I had enough grey or navy to do it.  I probably had enough of one of the light pinks to use as a binding too.  But after consulting with my quilting buddy Sharon, we both liked the idea of the navy. (Thank goodness I had enough for it and another quilt I wanted to bind with it!) 

I don't often hand stitch binding down any more.  Most of my quilts are donated.  The last thing a recipient wants is the binding to fall apart so I normally sew both sides on the machine.  But this was small and I was willing to spend the time to hand finish it.  I LOVE the backing fabric.  I've owned it for years and have used little bits and pieces but I thought it worked well with the front.It looks mostly cranberry but it has a bit of pink within the paisleys. And if I want, I can flip the runner and use that side for a while.  

Here are some glamour shots --- 



My first Table Scraps challenge is complete.  I enjoyed working with pink and some friends.  I love the backing fabric that might be flipped to use sometimes. All of these fabrics came from stash so I'm tickled with that too.  I am happy I can still push fabric around under my domestic machine and have some decent results. The best thing I can say is I really enjoyed this challenge.  

Lest you think I didn't really start blocks, here are the two pink star blocks I did.  I specifically made them to test a block I'm putting with the t shirt quilt but I decided a bunch of different Friendship Star blocks in a rainbow of colors would make a nice quilt eventually.  I think I need to make a few more.



I'm linking up with Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts, Beauties Pageant 114 at From Bolt to Beauty, Scrap Happy Saturday at Superscrappy, and Table Scraps Runner/Topper Challenge at The Joyful Quilter.  Enjoy seeing what people are doing, especially with pink around the Internet.  Monday starts a new color -- bright shiny yellow.  Angela mentioned it in her post today.

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie