Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Something funny happened on the way to this blog post.
First, let me ask you: Have you ever made a quilt that didn't turn out the way you expected? You start out with such beautiful fabrics that just falls a little flat when you finish the quilt. Somewhat like a promising souffle that collapses right out of the oven!
When I thought up this skinny runner to share with you, I had super high hopes. I love the block and could see so many possibilities with it - big quilt, little quilt, runner, table topper, etc. I picked out these pretty blues and greens from my stash and started making the blocks, documenting each step for the blog.
Well, (sigh) unfortunately, I didn't like the quilt top when it was done. So much so that I had to make another one just to see if the pattern really works the way I thought it could. This time, I made the runner in pinks and oranges. And, boy, do I love it!!!!
Here are the fabrics I used for this version:
But, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder!" You may love the blue/green version and so, I'm keeping the tutorial steps in the blue and green fabrics and will show you the resulting quilt top. But, the "official" finished project will be in pinks and oranges! *wink*
The cutting directions lists both colorways. I used dies from the GO! Qube Mix and Match 8" Quilt Block and the GO! Chisels die from the GO! Qube 8" Companion Set-Classics to make this 8" x 40" skinny runner. By following the shape number indicated, you can still make this project even if you have a different size (6", 9" or 12") of the GO! Qube and the GO! Qube Companion Set.
When cutting the Chisels, layer 2 strips, wrong sides together, and place on the die. This will give you a pair of mirror-image Chisels!
Here's one more tip: After you cut one set of mirror-image Chisels, keep the strips together. Then, rotate the die 180 degrees and you can see where the pointy side of the Chisel die matches the shape the strips are in. You save a little bit more fabric this way.
One unusual feature of the pieced block in this project is that it is a triangle shape. So, one edge will be on the bias. Avoid stretching this edge. Use a good spray starch alternative or stay-stitch about 1/8" from the edge to help keep the block in shape.
Layout a Shape 4 Blue triangle, 1 Shape 2 Blue square, 2 Shape 2 Light Green squares, 1 Shape 9 Green chisel and 1 Shape 9 Mirror-Image Green chisel to make Block 1.
Sew a Shape 2 Light Green square and a Shape 9 Green chisel together. Press seams towards the dark fabric (or away from the Shape 2 Light Green squares). Then, sew onto the Shape 4 Blue triangle to make the first section.
Note that the tips of the triangle and chisel don't match up. No matter - the pieces still fit perfectly!
Sew a Shape 2 Light Green square, a Shape 9 Mirror-Image Green chisel and a Shape 2 Blue square together to make a second section. Again, press seams towards the dark fabric (or towards Shape 2 Blue squares).
Then, sew the two sections together to complete Block 1 and make 4 of Block 1.
Layout a Shape 4 Green triangle, 1 Shape 2 Green square, 2 Shape 2 Dark Blue squares, 1 Shape 9 Dark Blue chisel and 1 Shape 9 Mirror-Image Dark Blue chisel to make Block 2. Sew units together. Make 4 of Block 2.
Layout all Blocks 1 and 2, alternating and rotating each one. Sew blocks together to complete the runner.
By the way, did you see how putting a Block 1 and 2 together makes an interesting square block? Keep that thought - I have some neat designs below based on that square block!
So, with backing and batting, create a quilt sandwich to make it ready for quilting. I stitched an allover curly meandering for a quick and easy project.
Finish the quilt with binding and it is done!
So, remember I mentioned thinking this would make a whole range of quilted projects? Well, one reason the Blue/Green runner doesn't appeal to me is that I really see it as more of a quilt.
Check out this 16" square laid out with all the blocks for the runner.
Notice that this is pretty much using Blocks 1 and 2 as a square block. But, now, doesn't that 16" square look like it needs to be a larger quilt?
Here's a 40" x 48" quilt design using Blues and Greens. (I drew this up in EQ7, my favorite quilt design software!)
Another Lap Quilt, but in rich fall colors this time:
Oh, and how about a contemporary look? Here's the skinny runner in graphic black and white with a touch of color.
I could keep going! This is just such a neat block that makes wonderful projects. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!