Finally!!!!! I can show you what I’ve been working on for the last few months. My new book “On the Run” is finished. It arrived Monday, but I haven’t had time to share until today. The book contains a collection of 12 runners, designed for today’s busy quilter, all using your favorite precuts. I was trying to fill a lot of “needs” with this book. First of all, my last table runner book “Table Graces” is now out of print and I needed something to fill it’s place. Second, I wanted something that quilters could start and finish in an evening or a Saturday. Everyone is always so busy – running here and there and still trying to fit in some time to sew. I wanted to create projects for these ”On the Run” quilters that they could finish quickly. It’s always so fun to have something to show for those little bits of free time! Lastly, I wanted to use precuts for these small projects. It’s a great way to use up odds and ends and save time on cutting. You could also purchase a new precut pack , such as a Jelly Roll, but keep in mind that you will be able to get several runners out of that one pack. Of course, you can always use up your stash if you don’t have precuts!
Here’s the cover - I love the bright, cheery colors.
Party Time Runner
Fabric used: Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson ~ Precut used: Charm Squares or Layer Cakes.
Patchwork Mosaic – learn a simple technique for making hexagons without set in seams.
Perfect for charm packs!
Featuring Mill House by Fig Tree Quilts and Simple Abundance (again)
Featuring Eva by Basic Grey ~ Precut used: Jelly Rolls
(This picture was taken at Glacier National park in Montana. I thought the wildflowers there were just stunning!)
If you prefer not to do applique, try the runner without!
The Ripple Effect (Also shot at Glacier National Park)
Featuring Andalucia by Patty Young and Sultry by Basic Grey
Perfect for Honey Buns. (Save your leftover to make the next runner)-
Featuring Sultry by Basic Grey ~ Precut used: Honey Buns or Charm Squares
Featuring one of my favorite fabric lines this year – Hushabye by Tula Pink
Precut Used: Layer Cakes
You could also choose to do with runner without applique. This option uses just 4 fat quarters instead of layer cakes.
The book also features 4 seasonal toppers -
Spring: featuring Authentic by Sweetwater
Precut used: Charms or Layer Cakes
Summe: featuring Rouenneries by French General
Precut used: Charms or Layer Cakes
Fall: featuring Essence by Sandy Gervais
Winter: featuring Crazy Eight, also by Sandy Gervais ~ works well with Charms or Jelly Roll scraps
All of the toppers have an inside point that you have to bind – so remember this post for help with that.
So that’s everything in the book!!! My hope is that you will find many different projects from this book that you would like to make (not just one or two!) One of my other thoughts for this book is that it would be perfect for a runner of the month club. I’m hoping that friends will get together and meet every month to make a runner or ask their favorite quilt shop to host the event for them. If once a month is too much commitment for you, a quarterly seasonal topper club could also be a fun option.
To celebrate, I’m going to give away 5 copies of the new book. To be entered to win, just leave a comment. I’ve like to hear which project you would start first if you won.
Check back next week to see who the winners are!
This contest is now closed – Sept 26, 2009