Long table runner layout (as per the book)
Short Table Runner with potential border selection
Harriet says laying out this top is a brain bender, which can take a bit to figure out. I didn't find this at all, in fact I found setting the design a chinch. I would select a colour - say green - and lay that one to the top left corner. I now know that all the green patches of the blocks must alternate top or bottom. It's that easy. Of course doing the mock-ups helped a lot in sorting out how the pattern works.
There are a lot of seams in this top. A LOT of seams. Putting it all together made me realise why Harriet was so insistent in the instructions on precision - measure, trim, then measure and trim again, seam by seam. If the blocks aren't exactly to size, assembly would be a nightmare.
I pinned this top at every seam, as it's so long it could get out of alignment easily. Using a walking foot really helps too.
I was really happy with the way my seams matched up. Not perfect, no, but better than I hoped for, and a big improvement on when I started these projects
The seams match up nicely - the extra work in measuring and trimming pays off.
Check it out!
Table Runner - the borders will make a huge differance to the finished look.
The quilt looks pretty much as I expected it to - a nice change! It's very garden-ish in it's colours - blue sky, brown earth, leaves and flowers.
Only 2 more projects to go before I get to add borders to all my tops and actually start quilting! Then the all important Final exam quilt - can't wait!