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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

America the Beautiful

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

It is done.

Somehow time went by and another quilt top is finished. Ha! I am pleased already with the result thought I have yet to quilt my new treasure. As always, I am going to handquilt with white thread.

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

While I was still waiting for the last part of the quilt pattern, I visited mccallsquilting.com to take a sneak peak and find out what other quilts the new issue would comprise. In the Bonuses section, I came across something very funny: It seems that I was not the only person who had a problem with the flag. There they featured a bonus pattern for a Canadian flag. Not that this would have solved my problem—but somehow it relieved me to know that I was not the only not-American creature being so loony as to sew an all-American/patriotic-to-the-core quilt and then has a problem with the flag!

But my flag problem is a problem no more. You can see for yourself now. I hope you enjoy these pictures.

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

This would be the windowpane variant (my father and André are getting loooong arms):

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

Following the quilt pattern, the first border should have been red, the second border brown, and the outer border should consist of half square triangles in the same brown and cream. As you can see, I changed this a little bit: the first border is white (I used these whites for some houses’ and trees’ backgrounds), the second border is blue, and the half square triangles are in multi colour and cream. I must own that this is due to the fact that I had not left over the required amount of any of the fabrics already used. So I decided to piece a scrappy border (and in fact I used several fabrics up to the last snippet). Since the design in itself is alread highly vivid, I sorted the colours. This quite eliminates the scrappy look and brings some peace to the eye—almost as good as a border of cream and only one other colour would have.

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

Finally, I will not forget to put down the due credits: America the Beautiful was inspired by the song of the same title (by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward). The quilt was designed by Lynn Lister. The pattern was from McCalls Quilting Magazine.