I bought some fruit fat quarters quite a few years ago.
I get them out every now and then and wonder what I can do with these small pieces of fabric. I can never think of anything, so I put them back and forget about them for another year.
Well, early this morning I had a sudden urge to create something. I pulled them out and spent a few minutes wondering what I could do. I looked through my paper-piecing patterns to see if I had something that was large enough to showcase the fruits. I finally found a pattern with a larger square in the middle that I thought would work.
As is my custom, I just start cutting and sewing. I never know if I will have enough of any fabric.
Darn! There was only one fat quarter of black fabric and it was not enough. Now what?
I just finished a black table runner and had some of that leftover fabric. Perhaps I could alternate the black border with a solid black and this fabric?
Hmmm...I don't really like it. I want the bold graphic look of pure black, but I can't find any more solid black fabric.
Then I glance over to my pattern dresser and look what is sitting on the floor....
a pure black 3" valance topper that I took down last month, washed and tossed in a pile of other fabric.
It's slightly heavier than the black cotton I was using, but I like it better than the black print. I happily cut off a foot or so, cut it into smaller sections and sew it on.
Hmmmmmmm........I think this will work just fine.
I am liking this.
Now I just need to decide on one more fabric.
I tend to make my decisions by looking around to see what fabrics I have in my sewing room. I have tons more in bins in the basement, but I am usually too lazy to go down there and look. I am more of a grab-what's-in-front-of-me block designer.
I think green is what I need and lucky for me, I have green fabric just a few feet away from my sewing machine. I grab it and sew my heart out for about an hour. Before I know it I have 16 4.5-inch citrus blocks made. That uses up all of the 18 x 22" piece of citrus fabric I had.
I am very pleased with the bold black and green with the citrus fruit blocks. I set them aside and leave for a garage sale.
Later in the morning I sewed the 16 blocks together and ended up with this table runner:
I like it. Most of all I am very, very happy that I have finally found something to make from this piece of fabric!
Happy Halloween - Here it is Halloween 2015 and I have done absolutely Nothing! No table, no Halloween décor...............so sad......................... Last Halloween...
3 years ago