Sunday, August 14, 2016

Spring Cleaning in August


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Spring Cleaning is the name of the quilt that I made years ago and that sort of started this whole crazy 'quilting business' for me. I made it as an attempt at cleaning out my scrap basket one year and then it hung in the local quilt show the next year. The following year, while I was at retreat, a friend had a sketch of it and was trying to make it. I wrote up the instructions for her and she was thrilled. She said I should write patterns...and the rest as they say, is history.


You can see the mini version I made here.

I'll be teaching this quilt in one of my workshops next month and thought that it would be fun to make a table runner version. It's a great block to make when teaching strip cutting, strip piecing, pinwheel pressing, and pinless perfect patchwork. It really is a good basic skill builder. Most people are terrified when they see those one inch finished squares, but they really are easy and impressive with just a little bit of practice.



I asked for opinions on setting options on Facebook. Nothing like Facebook to get opinions from a zillion folks in less than a minute. Thank you! I love the feedback. I actually went with the consensus even though I had planned to set it like the original quilt.


And then I used the collage setting on Instagram to make instant quilts from a photo of just four blocks. Talk about instafun! If only sewing were that speedy!



So now I have a table runner version to take with me, and I might not even quilt it, so that the seams on the back can be studied up close. I think it really helps to see what is going on with the seams before you start your own. But it will get quilted eventually because I want to put it on my table. I really like it.

Which version is your favorite? The original, the mini, or the table runner? Let me know and I'll choose a winner next Sunday to receive a free digital copy of the pattern.

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

21 comments:

  1. Like them all! Shows us how adaptable a pattern can be to our special "needs" whether they be for a bed quilt, a snuggle quilt for the couch, a mini quilt to fill that bare spot, or a table runner to add some pizzazz to our tables. Personally I like the table runner because it'll make a quick gift for those I want to give one of my "quilts". Who doesn't appreciate a homemade gift made with love?

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  2. Like them all! Shows us how adaptable a pattern can be to our special "needs" whether they be for a bed quilt, a snuggle quilt for the couch, a mini quilt to fill that bare spot, or a table runner to add some pizzazz to our tables. Personally I like the table runner because it'll make a quick gift for those I want to give one of my "quilts". Who doesn't appreciate a homemade gift made with love?

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  3. The original is my favorite, but I would more likely make the mini!

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  4. I really love the original quilt the best but the other two are equally as nice!

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  5. Oh, definitely the table runner. As for your need for one, make a sample with the stitching (no back) and then you will have a finished product that can be used and also shown at lectures. :)

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  6. The original is my favorite, because it so clearly shows the double pattern. I'd love to have the tablerunner for my table, too!

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  7. Hard to choose, but the original is my favorite.

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  8. The original then the mini because they are my favorite sizes to use .

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  9. The original is my favorite! I like the table runner option also.

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  10. Oh Diane every thing you do is beautiful ! I love all three versions but the colors of the last caught my eyes ! Love these orange, yellow and green !
    Great work as usual :)

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  11. I enjoyed hearing your story of how your world of designing got started. Usually it's a simple way that blossoms into something bigger and exciting.

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  12. I like them all, but probably would make the mini. Love reading your story of how your business got started. I can relate to it. Jan

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  13. A good story! I'd love to take lesson with you! I love the table runner!

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  14. I love the original-the bigger the better!

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  15. I love the original-the bigger the better!

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  16. That is such a great pattern. How fun to know this started your quilting success!

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