Color planning for the outer row and borders of table runner

June Goal {ALYoF}: Summer Stitching

I completely missed May for A Lovely Year of Finishes (ALYoF). It actually is a good thing, since I was going to make my goal “have a baby“. Here we are in June and I still have not had this baby, which means I wouldn’t have had a successful finish to link up anyway! (Enter:

For June, my goal is to have this baby! He absolutely must make his way out by the end of the month (fingers crossed for by the end of the week!)  Since I know that I need to have some little quilting/stitching project in the works, too, I’m also going to make another small goal: to finish piecing the top of the English Paper Pieced table runner I started last summer.

Summer table runner EPP project goalWhile going through my mental list of old works in progress I could dig out and make a bit of progress on while waiting for this baby, I mentally stumbled upon my Sweet as Honey EPP table runner. I realized that the color scheme is exactly the same as my newly started summer placemats, and decided it would be the perfect handwork project to add to my active to-do pile.

When I last left off on this EPP project, I was planning on making the next row of honeycombs either orange or yellow. In looking at the bundle of fabric for my placemats next to the project, I am going to take a design turn and make the next row of honeycombs for the center Lucy Boston block (the one shown on the right, below) in the dark blue. Then, I plan on making a bunch of 1″ squares (or maybe more honeycombs?) with which to border each of the blocks before joining them together in a row and binding.

Color planning for the outer row and borders of table runner
Border option 1: burnt orange
Color planning for the outer row and borders of table runner
Border option 2: medium blue

I’m planning to buy a little extra yardage of one of the Moda Bella Solids from the August bundle from Fiddlehead Artisan Supply to complete the border squares, and am leaning toward option 2 above: the medium blue. I’m excited and think that this table runner will go really well with my pixelated summer placemats.

summer placemats planningThis is only a rough visualization of a placemat, but I’m excited at the potential outcome. It looks like even with only 8 colors, the aesthetic works for me.  I love that each placemat will be different, and I am looking forward to playing around with color placement. For this progress shot, the half square triangles (HST) aren’t squared up or sewn together yet, and I may make a bunch more and play around with layouts before sewing them together. According to my initial math, I will be able to make a set of six (6) placemats with my bundle of 8 FQs. I may buy another bundle just to be safe.

In lieu of the popular “feet in the photo” quilt shot, here’s my 41+ weeks pregnant version, posted on Instagram a few days ago (and in posting this, I’m realizing I laid out the bottom row backwards in the photo above!):

pregnant belly quilt shotI’m linking up with the June Goal Making party for A Lovely Year of Finishes, with a goal of having a baby (and maybe finishing the EPP piecing for the table runner top as icing on the cake). I’m also linking up with Monday Makers & Design Wall.


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15 thoughts on “June Goal {ALYoF}: Summer Stitching”

  1. Love that baby tummy in the photo Kitty! How fun that the Sweet as Honey blocks look so perfect with your pixelated placemats! I am working with the same colors of fabric for a quilt now too. It must be speaking to us of summertime.

    My first baby stayed put for 42 1/2 weeks, so I sympathize with you. We even went for car rides down bumpy country roads to try and get labor started. I keep thinking about you and saying prayers for you and the baby. Wishing you the best birth experience and much joy when you bring your little guy home!


  2. I love these colors. And your fussy cutting is so cool. I remember when you were working on these last summer at the beach. Those pictures were gorgeous too. I can’t believe its been a year already!


  3. Wow, a year already?!?! Where has the time gone? I love these EPP blocks. Something about the colors you’ve selected makes me feel alive. I’m definitely using this as inspiration on my next quilt.


  4. Yay for reminding me that I need to figure out my June ALYOF project! I’m loving those EPP and the colors you picked, your table setting will look AMAZING when it’s done! Your bun in the over photo is way better than the feet in the photo style, that cracked me up 🙂


  5. I too much prefer the medium blue to the burnt orange. It makes the whole project pop and is a better contrast.

    I’ll take the mommy tummy shots to feet shots any day… what a great June “goal”! Our number two was late, and it was the hardest thing in the world for me! In Germany they don’t cross fingers, but they press the thumbs… pressing thumbs for you and the little guy!


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