It’s harvest time in Montana’s Golden Triangle, and from the accounts I’ve heard, it’s a bountiful harvest. Nature’s “white combine” -hail- did claim a share, but as I drove home the 60 miles from Inverness to Shelby (after a day of quilting with friends), I saw dozens of combines hard at work, and a parade of trucks hauling wheat to the big elevator in Chester. A lot of hard work is paying off.
My overflowing scrap basket is a testament to hard work, too, and as I was picking out fabric bits and sewing this tablerunner project, I was reminded of dozens of projects these scraps came from…a quilt for a new family menber and Project Linus and for a service member returning from overseas, samples for classes, patterns and demonstrations at my local quilt shops and guilds. So many memories, that will now be right there on the table, reminding me to give thanks for a full plate, and a full life.
In the previous blog, I showed you how to make an Overflowing Scrap Basket block. To complete this tablerunner you will need:
70 2.5″ Half Square Triangles (HSTs) that have two prints.
4 2.5″ HSTs that are half white and half print
7 4.25″ white squares – Cut each diagonally twice for 28 triangles
2 2.5″ x 8.5″ white strips
2 2.5″ x 10.5″ white strips
4 2.25″ x WOF strips for binding
(Total 5/8 yard white)
We will be building this tablerunner by making two end units and a middle unit.
Let’s start with the two end units:
This tablerunner will have two Overflowing Scrap Basket blocks, one at each end. To make the trim pieces, sew two strips. The first is three print/print HSTs, a print/white HST and a white triangle. Sew the is strip to the lower right side of the basket block as illustrated. The second strip is four print/print HSTs, one print/white HST and a white triangle. Sew this strip to the lower left side of the basket block. Do this for both blocks.
Next we need to piece a triangle unit. You will make two of these units.
Build this triangle by sewing two white triangles to adjoining sides of one HST. Then sew two HST’s together and add a white triangle. The third row has three HSTs and a white triangle, and the fourth row is the 2.5″ x 8.5″ white strip with a white triangle at one end. Sew these four rows together to make the large triangle unit shown. Make two of these triangle units, and sew them to the LEFT side of your blocks.
Next, we add a strip to the right side of each block:
Sew four HSTs together and add a white triangle at one end. Sew the 2.5″ x 10.5″ white strip to the HST’s and finish with another white triangle. Sew this strip to the RIGHT side of the basket block.
The two end units are complete. Set them aside while we make the center unit.
Sew four strips with nine HST’s in each strip. Add a white triangle to each end of all four strips. Sew the strips together as shown.
Just two seams to go now…
Lay out your center and end sections as shown and sew together to complete your tablerunner top.
The piece should measure approximately 15″ x 54″.
If you looked closely at my finished top, you may notice that all of the HST’s are sewn do that their center seams run the same direction. You do not have to worry about that if you don’t want to…I did a fair amount of “frog stitching” (rippit) because it is easy to get those HST’s turned around.
You may also notice that I mixed in just a few full 2.5″ squares. I admit it…I got bored making HSTs! In fact, if you wanted to, you could do the whole thing (except the baskets) with 2.5″ squares.
“A Bountiful Table” by Anne Wiens, Sweetgrass Creative Designs 2013
I’d love to see a photo of your tablerunner.
You can email it to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.