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:
Next we need to piece a triangle unit. You will make two of these units.
Next, we add a strip to the right side of each block:
The two end units are complete. Set them aside while we make the center unit.
Just two seams to go now…
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.
I’d love to see a photo of your tablerunner.
You can email it to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.