Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stone-Stepping

It feels like ages since I've had a quilt finish, and alas, I don't have one today either. But I did finish a set of table runners that were quite enjoyable makes, and I am pleased to be able to mark them off my list.
They were inspired by a quilt by Lisa Call in the book, We Love Color. You can see Lisa's "Stepping Stones #1" quilt in her blog post here.

The tricky part was that I had very specific dimensions I wanted the finished runners to be, and none of the quilt block dimensions quite fit. So I got out my handy-dandy graph paper and sketched out 2 arrangements just the size I needed. To simplify things a bit, I made all the background strips between the blues and lighter grays to be 1 1/2" unfinished, and then basically did all the math one block at a time.
For quilting, I did straight-line throughout, 3/8" apart using Aurifil 50wt. #2625 (Arctic Ice), and I think it suits the "stepping stones" just right.

Just for the record, the square piece measures 24", and the oblong is 16"x53".
It was challenging yet satisfying to make these pieces "my own" while clearly inspired by the quilt in We Love Color. But letting inspiration take me to a whole new place won out once again.

This project was on my Q3 Finish-A-Long list. Linking up with Finish It Up Friday and Fabric Tuesday.

29 comments:

  1. These definitely make up for not having a quilt finished! They are wonderful! I love everything about them!

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  2. I loved the look of these in your progress post and I really do love the finished item. Great design and well done figuring out the right sizes.

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  3. Congrats on finishing these pieces! I know how daunting quilty math can be. They look great! I love the geometric look.

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  4. they are beautiful Debbie. You did an amazing job taking a design from a book and making it your own. Just gorgeous.

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  5. I have loved watching these come together. they are gorgeous! I love that book too & have worked from it myself

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  6. They are beautiful, great job getting them just the right size!

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  7. Love 'em Debbie...how can you say you never finish anything? You're always posting things!

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  8. Lovely! They remind me of the mosaics of the pools !

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  9. I just love these - the colors, the design, everything about them! Beautiful job!

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  10. This is really pretty. I like it a lot.

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  11. Those are fabulous! Every bit of what we have come to expect from you! You are so creative and continue to inspire me! I've done so much more sewing since stumbling upon you.
    Thanks for being such an exceptional stitcher and blogger! You are my absolute FAVORITE!

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  12. Well it's a quilt-ed finish, so that counts :o)

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  13. I love everything about these. Beautiful work as usual! And I love how you offset the middle part!

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  14. Gorgeous! I love how you nested a small block into the larger one - such a cool design element, Debbie. These are really fantastic!

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  15. I love them - very graphic and crisp.

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  16. Congratulations on these wonderful finishes!!!
    Awesomely modern!
    Esther

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  17. Love how modern and stylish these are - the quilting is perfect too!

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  18. I love these. You should make these into a pattern. I want to make that long one right now. haha

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  19. Love how your runners turned out. It's such a great design too.

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  20. Debbie, your design for the blocks is wonderful! You made some very striking pieces.

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  21. Oooh for something so complicated in the math department (although ANYTHING in the math department is complicated to me) these came out looking for crisp and clean. Love the colors and the quilted lines.

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  22. Hi Debbie! These are beautiful and you fixed the pattern fantastic! Thank you for inspiration as I need some table runners! x Teje

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  23. I just love these. The colors work great and the design is perfect!

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