I finished up my quatrefoil block for the Modern Blocks Quilt Along. Since I don’t like just making a block for practice and since I liked how combining the spool blocks into a table runner worked out, I decided to go with another table runner. Though I loved how the spool blocks looked sewed side by side, the quatrefoil block was busier, and I was worried that just putting them side by side might look too traditional, so I wanted some filler between the blocks.
Along with using some fabrics from the blocks, I raided my stash for some yellows and grays. I sewed them into one long 2.5 inch wide strip; I think I needed about 160 or 170 inches when all was said and done. I’d recommend not having any segments more than 6 inches long now that I’ve done this design once.
I sewed these strips into a block that was 6 strips stacked on top of each other to equal the 12 inch block. But, I didn’t want equal sized blocks so I trimmed the strip block to 9.5 or 10 inches (I don’t remember exactly). I also pulled yellows and cut them to 2.5 by 2.5 inch squares and then sewed them together.
Then, I was thinking, “Woo-hoo! Let’s rock and roll.” And, I went crazy sewing, opened the block and realized that even if I was going for a less formal overall look by adding the stripes, not matching up the blocks as I transitioned from the quatrefoil block to the strip block looked rather horrible. Seam ripping time. The seam ripper and I spent lots of
quality time together this weekend.
Yeah, ripping out the seams and lining them up (for the most part) was worth it. I like how the blocks wound up just bleeding into one another instead of being distinct. I think the blending especially happened since I put the strippy borders on the top and bottom of the runner.
And here’s one more gratuitous picture just because I’m super happy with how this all came together. It’ll be awhile before pictures of this project all quilted show up because I want to learn FMQ either over my fall or Christmas break. I’m saving up a few smaller projects, so I can graduate from practice scrap fabric to smaller projects as I dive into that new quilting skill.