Saturday, January 30, 2021

Run, table, run!

 Here we are at the last Saturday in January, which is the last RSC roundup for pink.  I sewed one more Antique Tiles block this month -

and added it to the stack of pinks I've completed.  Ready for February's color!

In the meanwhile, I'd been giving some thought to Joyful's Table Scraps challenge.  Remember these little stars I made last month as a prep to thinking pink?

How would they look turned on point, with purple corners?  

Pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.

How about adding a little pink sashing?

And maybe a purple border?

Maybe a splotchy pink with wisps of purple as an outer border?

But that was where I stopped for a bit.  I had a nagging doubt about the squareness of table runners.  Shouldn't they be rectangles?

After a couple of days staring at what I had so far, inspiration struck.   I decided to mimic the hourglass look of the corners of the stars, and got right to work making itty bitty hourglasses.

At first I was going to make a solid semi-border of those hourglasses, but after the first dozen I came to my senses.  
It was time to Invoke Math.

(You know I'm serious when I Invoke Math)

I held my breath as I measured the result - there's often a gap between Theory and Reality - 

but woohoo!  It worked!

I quickly framed in the ends,

and popped on the final border.

So, table runner top completed.  If I manage to get it quilted in the next couple of days (don't laugh, it could happen) (well, maybe) it would be lovely for Valentine's Day decor.  (Not that I'm big on decor...)

Linking with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  Come see the last of the pink!

Also linking with Joyful for the Table Scraps Challenge - come join the fun!


The Joyful Quilter said...

As a square table topper, your PINK project would still have fit within the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge guidelines, Gayle. Thanks for playing along and joining my Link Party, too! Best of luck with the quilting.

Mystic Quilter said...

Tremendous idea to add the small hourglass blocks Gayle and I love the purple with the pink stars!

Angie said...

Cute, cute, cute! Can't go wrong with purple and pink!

cityquilter grace said...

totally adorable! love it when creativity is in high gear!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I just love how you put fabrics together.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your tablerunner is fun, Gayle! I love how it developed with those pinks and purples!

Libby in TN said...

Love what you did. You're way ahead of me, but, technically I have one more day ...

maggie fellow said...

wonderful table topper - great colors

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Loving all your 'in the pink' additions!

Gretchen Weaver said...

It's so nice when the math works out, happy stitching!

Susie H said...

Well, that was a happy trip to getting the table runner to completion. Thanks for the ride and it is beautiful! Love the addition of the hourglass blocks to lengthen it.

Cathy said...

Pink and purple never looked so good. Nice improv...right off the top of your head...a topper. Can't top that!

Deb A said...

Looks great and I am impressed with your math skills! Amazing how each border really transforms the look of your quilt.

MissPat said...

You must be exhausted from having to invoke math. Hope it doesn't interfere with diving into yellow. I'm impressed with the addition of the hourglass units. I don't get along well with hourglasses, so I'd have had to find a different solution. Instead, I just left my table topper square, but since it was intended for a square (almost) table, it all worked out well.

QuiltGranma said...

What a sweet table topper/runner!