Good Morning cute people!!!
I'm sew excited to share with you
the first project that I made for our
This is going to be a fun and casual summer sew along…
with alot of fun projects and several tutorials
along the way!
The projects will be based on
Scrappy Happy Block
that I designed quite a while ago specifically for a sew along.
You can find it in my newest pattern called
So if you happen to have a copy and you want to play along…
join us for a summer of scrappy happiness:)
As you know…
we will be using this pattern as our manual.
The pattern has the instructions for
making my Scrappy Happy block
as well as cutting instructions for 4 different sizes.
We will not only be using all 4 sizes during the sew along…
but also 4 different settings of the block as well!
Okay!…onto the first project -
my Scrappy Happy Table Runner.
I've been wanting to make a new runner for
my kitchen farm table for quite a while…
this sew along is the perfect opportunity:)
I made 3 - 18" Scrappy Happy blocks…
added sashing and borders…
and had a runner sewed up in no time:)
The runner is 22" wide x 62" long.
The first thing to do is choose your background fabric.
I decided to go with my very favorite yellow…
"Beehive" by Riley Blake Designs.
I chose this color for one of the solids
in my very first fabric collection…Sew Cherry
and it's still my go to yellow.
I thought this would be a perfect
sunny color to kick off our summer sew along!
You will need just a little under
1 yard of background for this runner:)
First I cut 3 center squares for my 3 blocks.
Again…I used the cutting instructions
in the pattern for the 18" finished block.
I pulled out my 3 1/2" scrappy stash basket and chose
some strips that I thought would go well together.
Don't stress about this part…
remember that the whole point of this sew along is to
use up some of your stash and also play with color…
so be brave!!!
I laid out my strips on my background fabric before I chose them…
just to make sure they would show up well against the color.
I also chose 3 fabrics with quite a bit of white in them…
or what I call "busy backgrounds"
Because I am using a solid color for the background…
these will show up nicely and add a little spark to my runner:)
After choosing your fabrics from your basket…
Cut the strips into the squares and rectangles
according to the instructions in the pattern.
Sew your blocks together…
and the sew a sashing strip onto each side.
Cut 6 - 2 1/2" x 18 1/2" from your background fabric.
After you have sewn one to each side of your blocks...
Sew the blocks together with sashing strips
in-between and on each end of the runner.
(Cut 4 - 2 1/2" x 22 1/2")
Layer your runner with batting and backing…
and quilt as desired!
Trim off the excess batting and backing and
prepare your binding:)
I chose to use some of the strips from my 2 1/2" scrappy stash basket.
You will need about 200" of prepared binding for the runner.
I cut 21 strips - 2 1/2" x 10" long.
(I had 3 leftover after binding)
I sewed them together randomly…
with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Then I pressed them open for less bulk.
I pressed it in half with wrong sides together and bound my runner.
to see my binding tutorial if you have any questions:)
This sew along is all about using scraps
to make some fun scrappy things for your home or for gifts.
These projects should be customized to suit your needs.
If this runner is too big for your table…
use the 12" block size.
I will simply be showing you what I made
and how I made it.
You can do exactly what I did…
or change it up a bit for your needs:)
I like a large runner to protect my table top.
But sometimes I like to put a small square one in the center of my table…
or a large square quilt laid
in the center diagonally as well.
I chose scraps from my stash to match my kitchen every day…
but you may want to make a runner
for another season such as autumn…
or in holiday fabrics!
My point is…
you are the boss of your own runner:)
Now before you think we are all finished…
I have something for next week
that I made with the leftovers cut
from the Easy Corner Triangle trimmings
of the three 18" Scrappy Happy blocks:)
My rule of thumb when deciding if I should
throw away my ECT trimmings or keep them
and add back into my stash is this -
If I can cut at least a 1 1/2" square from them…I will!
If I can't…
they are too small for me and I throw them away:)
If I have deemed them worthy of keeping…
I always cut them into squares right then…
and add them to my 1 1/2" strips and squares basket
so that I can actually USE them.
I have learned not to put them into a
bag or container and think I will get to them later.
And it's so easy to do it 2 at a time because
they are already paired up that way when you trim them
off of the Easy Corner Triangle.
After I cut all of the 1 1/12" squares from my ECT trimmings…
This is what I had -
48 - yellow solid
16 - aqua
16 - red (chicken wire)
16 - green (vines)
and 8 EACH from the 6 remaining prints.
Certainly enough to make another smaller project
by adding a different background this time maybe?
I can't wait to show you what I made…
and I will next Monday!
(don't forget to save your squares
too so you can make one with me!)
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your fabric choices,
your Scrappy Happy blocks
and your projects…
so that we can all have a
scrappy summer of inspiration!
Have a quilty kind of summer with me!