Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thank you, my moms!

My husband and I enjoyed the first week of March in Mexico -- sans kids, thanks to our moms! I thought this was a good time to make something pretty for each. This is for my mother-in-law, in her favourite colour, purple. It's part of a charm pack of "Lovely" by Debbie Beaves, and I reverse-engineered a photo of the Crossroads Table Runner pattern from here.

I don't usually go for purples at all -- in fact, the only other purple in my stash is what I used for the backing (which was actually given to me by my MIL!) -- but I do love the way it turned out! Especially the stripey binding that Ingrid of QuiltEssentials helped me pick out. The yellow is a semi-solid yardage and the green cornerstone pieces are from the charm pack.

The backing is pieced with the triangles trimmed from the edges of the top, together with some white/cream from stash and the purple bamboo-ish print.

And this is the one for my mom:

It started as a scrap pack from QuiltEssentials, intended to start off my scrap bin for quilting (yes, it's weird that I've sewn for years and really don't have a scrap bin...). The pattern Just the Right Angle was perfect, though mine turned out quite a bit scrappier! I had to piece every bit together instead of doing their method of strip-piecing, as my fabrics were all random squares and strips. I quilted it with my walking foot, similar to the way the original had, echoing the squares and rectangles.

And the backing is more of the scraps, pieced together with some pieces of a retired seafoam sheet. The binding is Quilter's Candy Basics from Connecting Threads. Quite pleased with the quality!

linking up to Kim's Sew-Jo Saturday!