You see, it all started when I got an email with cutting directions for a new project (one of those secret ones for a bit ;) And you know how I love cutting!!! So I immediately started cutting all of the prints that I would need for the project. But then, I had all of these beautiful strips and some scrappy bits leftover. I just love these Desert Bloom prints from Sherri and Chelsi and knew right away that they would make the prettiest fall table runners.
So I started to chain piece. I really wanted to embrace some improvisational piecing here so I just kept chain piecing without much of a plan. (which is so hard for me, but always a fun activity in letting go ;) I chain pieced all of the little bits of scraps into strips that were about the same length as the strips I already had. And I just loved that I had a variety of scrap sizes because they turned out so cute in all of their patchwork goodness. From there I decided to add a super skinny neutral strip to either side of the patchwork so that it didn't get lost or to busy in the table runner.
Then I grabbed all of my plain strips and just started adding them to the patchwork. Again, I tried to do this all improv, just randomly picking a side to add it to ;) And of course, chain stitching was so fast, I didn't have time to worry about what it was going to all turn out like, tee hee hee.
So then I had all of these sections of pieced and plain strips. At this point, I was super happy to find that I actually had enough for 2 runners, yippee!!!
I divided the section in half and then played with the layouts until I got 2 table runners that were fun and random, but yet still pleasing to the eye ;)
And then, just for a little more balance and to really make those beautiful prints pop, I added a neutral border. I just love the way it frames up all of that improvisational piecing goodness ;)
And I used up all of the scrap bits from cutting my secret project. So exciting!!!! Don't you just love a good scrapbuster ;)
I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
Linking up to Amanda's and Sarah's ;)