In June of 2014 Gnome Angel (aka Angie Wilson from Canberra, Australia) posted on Instagram that she was looking for a few pattern testers. I was fortunate to catch her post early, and totally wanted on that bandwagon! So, in between our crazy summer travels, which by the way are always crazy, I whipped out this way cute table runner using her pattern for placemats.
Her pattern is called Charmed Jelly Placemats, and you can find out more about it by clicking here. It’s really a cute pattern that works up quickly and is perfect for fussy cutting scraps. They didn’t take much time at all, and I have plans for the future… gifts maybe?
For the pattern test I had a really great line of fabric that I wanted to showcase that worked perfectly for summer. However, I really pictured this as a table runner rather than a set of placemats, so with Gnome Angel’s blessing I plowed on!
I wanted to make the table runner reversible, and wanted to try an idea that had been floating around in my brain for a bit. So, instead of sewing all of the blocks together, layering and then quilting, I actually quilted each block individually, sans the backing.
This made it possible to do a different kind of quilting on each block, which was pretty fun. I then chose a different backing for each block and cut the backing to fit. The trick with this is to layer everything correctly to sew it together with each block and backing made from different fabrics and using different quilting. After sewing the different blocks and backing together, I quilted it just a little bit more to secure the backing, and then bound it to finish.
Now, I know full well that that was clear as mud. I promise to do a tutorial on this method, which is a great way to use leftover batting, at a later date. I even think it could be used for a larger project, but I have to play with the idea a little.