A good friend and fellow manquilter bud recently purchased a home. I knew I wanted to make him something as a housewarming gift and asked him one afternoon about colors. As he was describing the rooms, a runner I designed a few years ago came to mind. It had been sitting unfinished in my UFO pile since it was completed because I had no idea where to use it or how to quilt it.
When I first started to quilt I fell in love with batik fabrics and flying geese blocks.
I made TONS of them.
I had and still have stacks of geese that I made with scraps in all different colors. I assembled some colorful square in square blocks too because they were real easy.
I was very lucky to be able to pair both of the different types of block together because I wasn’t paying any attention to the sizes when I was making them. When I started laying out this runner everything just fell into place. I guess you have to be lucky sometimes.
I was so pleased.
Until it came time to quilt it!
I had no creative ideas whatsoever. So there it sat in that dreaded, ever growing UFO pile in my studio.
I thought this runner would fit their scheme so well that I had to wrack my brain and come up with a game plan for the quilting.
I’m becoming a big fan of straight line quilting so I decided to play on the direction the geese were going a little. I machine quilted a continuous line wrapping the entire outside of the runner. I also used a grid pattern on the inside through the square in square blocks.
I was so happy to get it finished and send it along to its new home. And I got another project checked off my UFO list to boot!