Bamboo Table Runner

This weekend, we found ourselves in need of a birthday gift for a close family friend who is really hard to buy for!  A few years ago, I made him a fall colored runner for his table and he has kept it there ever since and really seemed to appreciate it.  So we decided that a new table-runner would be just the thing.  Now he will be able to switch them out for a bit of a change.  We thought he might like a bamboo design because he is a big fan of Asian cuisine and clean modern designs.  I thought bamboo had the potential to be transformed into a simple, modern, appealing design.  I started by designing a paper pieced bamboo block pattern in EQ7.

I played around with some layout possibilities and decided to make four blocks with a bit of a border.  I incorporated the mirror image of the block into the design as well. EQ7 allows you to print your foundation patterns as mirror image or not. I used both; as I often do.  Two of my blocks are mirror images of my original design and two are not. Then I inverted two of the blocks because I like a table runner that you can enjoy from all sides of the table.

While working on designs, sometimes I like to add a second border that is .25 inches wide.  It’s a handy way to mock up your binding in the quilt top design layout.

This is how my layout looked in EQ7.  See how that narrow second border mimics binding?  It can be really helpful in auditioning binding choices when you just aren’t sure. You’ll notice that I made one bamboo stalk a darker green, just for added interest!

This picture shows the quilting nicely. I used a 50 weight beige Aurifil thread and a series of criss-crossing straight lines to suggest the angles of bamboo stalks.  I used blue painters tape and followed it with my walking foot to make those lines. I used about 6 pieces of tape so that I could stitch a number of lines, then adjust the tape and quilt some more.

I really like the minimalist yet recognizable design that was achieved. I hope he likes it!

I will have the block and table runner pattern in my shop soon.

 

Cinched Quilt

Cinched Quilt by Amy Friend

I am so excited to introduce my new pattern, Cinched!  Ever since I designed Interlock a couple of years ago, I have been playing around with more jelly roll designs.  I really love Interlock and wanted to design something equally unique and not your standard jelly roll quilt.  Well, it took two years to come up with a design that I liked but I think it was worth it!

Cinched uses a single jelly roll in prints and a single jelly roll a solid (or the equivalent).  It boasts both a bold primary and secondary pattern.  There is hardly any cutting, there’s no squaring up or trimming down, it’s super chain-piece-able, all in all, it’s a cinch to make!

Cinched by Amy Friend

I wanted this quilt to be super cheerful and sunny so I used a Blueberry Park Brights Roll Up by Karen Lewis in combination with Kona Snow for the quilt top. The colors that Karen selected to print on are gorgeous and I have always been a fan of her designs. The wind cooperated with me for all of a second so that you can see the backing too. I used a Rhoda Ruth print by Elizabeth Hartman which makes for a great coordinate.

Cinched Quilt by Amy Friend

I quilted in straight lines with a very pale pink Aurifil thread.  It blends very well against the Snow background and isn’t as harsh as white would have been where it crosses through the prints.  I bound the quilt in one of my favorite prints, Creamsicle. Final quilt dimensions are 60″ x 64.”

Cinched Quilt by Amy Friend

I had to include this shot just because it’s pretty and I like it!

Cinched is available now as a pdf pattern in all my shops (links in sidebar).  It’s heading out to the printers so paper patterns will be ready for quilt shops very soon.

I hope you are all enjoying your summers!  This was my last sewing goal for the summer so I am hoping to have a more relaxing remaining few weeks…time will tell. I have never been any good at relaxing.

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Haberdashery Quilt

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen lots of “in progress” shots of this quilt. I just finished it up and couldn’t be happier with it!  My goal was to experiment with the diamond shape  in a minimalist design with a restrained color palette.  I drafted a simple paper pieced block with two diamonds of unequal size.  I used the Pure Elements Empire Yellow for the diamonds and the background is made up of Pure Elements Creme de la Creme and Linen White (I believe) as well as the two tone on tone white prints from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection.  The various shades of white/off white in the background add interest and dimension.  I think that this layout creates a bit of an optical illusion too. Do you see it?  The rows look like that are at an angle though I assure you, they are square-I blocked it and everything!  It was something I noticed even in my initial sketch.  Funny, I couldn’t have created an optical illusion if I had tried to. It was clearly accidental.

The backing is Lotta Jansdotter’s Bergen in Myer Yellow from Mormor.  It’s nearly the perfect color match plus I love the similar minimalist feel.  I particularly love this front/back combo.

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

Normally, I don’t decide on my quilting until the quilt is well underway but the plan for this quilt was a tight grid right from the start.  The lines are spaced about 1/2″ apart.  I used a 50 weight Aurifil #2021.  The quilting is by no means perfect but I am pretty happy with the consistency in the spacing, the straightness of the lines and lack of shifting.  I took this photo with light on one side only and it really  highlights the amazing texture that the tight grid achieves!

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

My mom often helps me name my quilts and this one is no exception.  We both saw ties in the quilt, though that was certainly not my intent.  I thought of playing off that idea and she suggested Haberdashery. I love the word for this quilt because in America, the word means a shop that sells men’s accessories, such as ties.  In the UK, it means a shop that sells sewing notions. I love the fact that the name is associated both with ties and sewing.

The finished quilt measures 49″ x 56″.

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