Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. I just have to say that I love winter. Wait, let me try that again. I love cuddle-with-my-quilt-and-cup-of-hot-chocolate winters more than hot and sticky summers!
However, my husband and I also love to travel regardless of the season. So, a few weeks ago, we left winter behind for a few days to experience surf and sand in the Bahamas. Expecting summer, we were pleasantly surprised to find a warm spring! Crystal clear waters, trees swaying in the breeze, the sun playing peek-a-boo through the clouds – just perfect for peaceful relaxation and renewal.
Serenity is a table runner that hopefully conveys that feeling of peace and renewal.
When I initially designed this project, I wanted to use a die in my GO! Qube System that had not yet been used or used very little. This led to Shape 7: GO! Parallelogram 45º, an unusual but interesting die. Sure enough, I had not used it before and the die was still shrink-wrapped! The possibilities abound!
The Shape 7 die is directional so you can cut regular and reversed shapes. To cut a regular shape, place the fabric right side up on top of the die. To get a reversed or mirror-image shape, place the fabric right side down on top of the die. Of course, if you are using a good quality batik that is practically reversible, it may not matter how you cut Shape 7!
All in all, 3 shapes were used to create the rectangular blocks for the quilt center and a strip die for the border and binding.
As you may know, regardless of which size GO! Qube you get (6”, 8”, 9” or 12”), you can make these projects as long as you cut the shape number indicated. Your quilt will turn out smaller or larger depending on the size GO! Qube you have. Also adjust fabric requirements as necessary. For this project, the following shows your finished sizes:
Though the project is in the spring colors of green and purple, it is more important to make sure the fabrics blend well in color and value for that is what makes this table runner feel serene.
Here are a couple of other color possibilities.
To sew a Dark block, lay out 1 Dark Purple Shape 4, 2 Dark Purple Shape 5, 1 Dark Green Regular Shape 7 and 1 Dark Green Reversed Shape 7.
To orient Shape 7 correctly, just remember that the short bias edges of Shape 7 will ultimately end up along the sides of the rectangular block. Start by sewing a Dark Purple Shape 2 onto one side of a Dark Green Shape 7.
After sewing the Dark Purple Shape 2 and the Dark Green Shape 7, be sure to clip the tip of the Shape 7 as shown. After sewing the Dark Purple Shape 4 with the Dark Green Shape 7, similarly clip the tip of the Shape 7. Press seams all in one direction.
To sew a Light block, lay out 1 Light Purple Shape 4, 2 Light Purple Shape 5, 1 Light Green Regular Shape 7 and 1 Light Green Reversed Shape 7.
Clip the tips of Shape 7 as you did in the Dark block. Press seams in one direction so that the Light block seams will nest with those of the Dark block seams.
Make 8 Dark and 8 Light blocks.
Create a Dark End block with 1 Dark Green Shape 4, 2 Light Green Shape 5, 1 Dark Purple Regular Shape 7 and 1 Dark Purple Reversed Shape 7.
Create a Light End block with 1 Light Green Shape 4, 2 Light Green Shape 5, 1 Light Purple Regular Shape 7 and 1 Light Purple Reversed Shape 7.
Layout all the blocks and sew together, nesting seams as much as possible.
Use a GO! Strip Cutter width of your choice to cut border strips. I used 2” finished strips for the sample, cutting two 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” short border strips and two 2 1/2” x 40 1/2” long border strips. I sewed the short border strips on first, before the long border strips.
Create a quilt sandwich with the batting and backing and make it ready for quilting. With my sewing machine, I simply echo quilted in the green sections.
Finish the quilt with dark green binding, attach a label to the back and place it on your dining table. Now, you are all set to unwind, relax and celebrate spring!
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