The last weeks have been a whirlwind – getting everything ready for market, finishing the book and getting all of the promotional stuff done, traveling and speaking for work, etc, etc. I’m so happy to say that the binding will go on the last quilt today, and with this blog post, the last of my major promotional work will be done. Yeah!
That means that I am skipping quilt market this spring. There are good and bad things about that. It’s so much work to go – so while my fellow designers still have all that work to do, I will be staying home with Carter. The bad part is I don’t get to meet up with all the shop owners and industry people. It’s a hard decision not to go, but it’s also hard to go when you have little kids. A constant balancing act – as many of you know (or remember from when your kids were younger).
So this blog post will have to suffice as a tour around my “market booth” and the comments section will have to suffice as the conversation that might happen in the market booth. As you approach the booth, I would say something like – “Would you like to come in and see our new book?” Hopefully you would say something like “Yes, please,” and step in to take a look. I would then hand you a copy of the book – (see cover below)
I would then explain that the book contains 15 designs – all runners or toppers – using your favorite Precuts. It’s a follow up to our popular “On the Run” book, which has the same theme but is about 100 books shy of being out of print. The back cover gives you a quick glimpse at a few of the projects from the book.
Step inside and let’s take a closer look . . . .
The runner from the cover – “Granny Square Stars”.
It’s made using 1 charm pack and a little bit of background. The larger size can be used for a bed runner and the smaller size for tables.
#2 – Fresh Connection, also made with a charm pack.
Simple, yet lovely – especially if you have this blue dresser. (If the dresser goes missing from my SIL’s house, you know where to find it.)
#3 Chatter Box – also Charm Friendly.
Such a graphic block!
And now the Jelly Roll Friendly Runners –
#4 – Book Ends
Perfect for Jelly Roll Scraps – Or you can make 5 runners from one Jelly Roll if you want to assembly line some gifts.
I have to say this little quilt has the most thread color changes I have ever done on a quilt (14). But it was worth it!
#5-7 Awesome Blossom – Available in 3 size options because I couldn’t decide which one I liked best 😉
This pieced flower looks complicated – but I have a couple techniques that simplify the process. It begins with a simple strip unit and a 60-degree triangle ruler (I used the Creative Grids 60-degree ruler). The second easy technique used is the folded corner technique. Plus, every seam nests. I love when that happens because I hate pinning!
The second size option is this unique shape –
And the third option is this topper –
Very addicting, this one is.
#8 – Framed Florals. This runner uses assorted scraps or 10″ Layer Cake Squares.
I think that’s enough pictures for one day! I will work on Part 2 for next week.
In the meantime, I will be giving away a couple copies of the book. To enter, just leave a comment saying which of the runners is your favorite. Thanks!
Click here is you are interested in ordering the book. Have a great weekend!