Thursday, September 3, 2015

Summer Bloom

 I'm pleased to share "Summer Bloom" as my finish for this first week of September.
 
 


I originally sewed up Sprout blocks with the intention of making a pillow.  That idea wasn't quite working though, so I decided that I should make some more blocks and turn them into a mini quilt.
 
 
Inspiration struck once I had two sets of three Sprout blocks made. I realized that they would look wonderful placed mirror imaged to one another with a single flower block between them.
 

The combination made a bold table runner with lots of scrappy goodness.



 I kept my quilting simple - straight lines and cross hatching, but opted to use 12wt cotton thread in white to add dimension to those lines.  The flower center was pebble quilted using 50wt cotton thread to flatten it and give contrast to the petals (which were outlined with the 12wt thread). 



 To keep the focus on the blocks, I used a low volume fabric for borders and another low volume print for the binding. Once again, I chose to machine bind - which I have come to love (now that I have a technique worked out that gives repeated success) and appreciate (for the time it saves!).
 

Here's to savouring summer blooms while we can as fall seems to be making it's appearance with the start of a new month.  September has already brought cooler mornings and leaves starting to turn.



 I'm linking up my latest finish with Amanda Jean and friends over at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday!

19 comments:

  1. This is wonderful Katherine! I love how you have combined the two ideas to make one distinctive table runner!

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  2. So beautiful Katherine! I love the flower and how it is in the middle and then the leaves on both sides! x Teje

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  3. It's beautiful! I'm a scrap addict, and think it added so much dimension to this runner. Love the pebbling in the sunflower--just like little seeds, and the low definition binding is spot on, too. It floats, but has subtle definition at the edges. Just enough, I think. Congratulations on timing a Friday finish.

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  4. Katherine, that's a beautiful way to keep summer hanging around for a bit longer. Well done!

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  5. Katherine it's gorgeous! Those sprout blocks are perfect with the center floral panel - it's like they were meant to work together right from the beginning, even though they weren't planned for that :D

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  6. What a beautiful quilt! I love the flower block in the center.

    September arrived here with hotter temperatures than we had in August but I did notice some leaves turning this morning when I went for my morning walk. I'm hoping that fall holds off for a while yet.

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  7. It's beautiful! I love it! It will work for spring, summer or fall. And your quilting is spot on.

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  8. An early September finish, it's delightful, well done :)

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  9. This is lovely Katherine. What is the fabric you used for the flower petals?

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  10. Love it! I'm sure it will make you smile every time you look at it, the colours remind me of spring, so it will be spring all the time, the most beautiful season of the year, at least for me!

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  11. That's a gorgeous flower - perfect for fall.

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  12. Your work is beautiful. Reminds me of a quilt I made for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Supercute design for a table runner!!

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  14. Oh isn't it pretty! Perfect for holding onto the last little bit of summer!

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  15. It's beautiful! Love the quilting

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  16. Looks lovely and summery - love the warm coloured flower

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  17. So beautiful! I love the design and how fun it is. What a way to end summer.

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