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Colour Pools

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

Last weekend, I sewed this quick table runner. The pattern is by Deborah Vollbracht and was featured in McCall’s Quilting magazine, my constant source of both, inspiration and instruction for new sewing techniques.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

My attention was drawn to this particular pattern because, although there are curved lines enough, no curved piecing is required. Plus I liked the fact that piecing, quilting, and finishing, all is combined so that there is not the ordinary way of piecing, then quilting, and then binding.

Each of the nine blocks is a circle, pieced and furnished with batting and backing. When turned right side out, they each looked like a pancake. The nine circles are joined, sewing straight lines along the sides of the circles. And the last step is to stitch the flaps, which formed when joining the circles, down to the circles’ centres.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

The back of the table runner shows the curved quilting lines of the last step—all done in one continuous line!

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

New York Beauty

© 2012 by hs

I just did the first New York Beauty block in my life. I think it is a great pattern, and I have yet to see an ugly one (choice of fabrics excepted).

I admit that I am a little afraid of sewing curves. But seeing so many beautiful quilts with this pattern, I thought, if they can do it why not I?

Okay, it was certainly harder than sewing only straight lines, but then it was much easier than I thought. Maybe years of sewing straight lines somehow prepares you for sewing curves … I don’t know. I am satisfied with the result and now I am tempted to sew some more New York Beauty blocks since I don’t know what to do with this one little block.