Scrappy Tulip Tablerunner

I am ridiculously pleased with my latest finish. It’s just so… ummm.. what is the word I’m looking for… HAPPY! Yes, happy!

I feel like jumping up and singing “Happy" with Pharell Williams

(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Okay, before I go any further, what is this "room without a roof" he speaks of? I envision some sort of open terrace? But what if it rains? Or like yesterday, it's 40C with no shade? Way too many questions that need answering Pharell.

This Patchwork Tulip Quilt is a pattern found in the Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt / It’s Sew Emma and available from the Fat Quarter Shop.

The fabric that I used is called Toy Chest 2 by Pennyrose Fabrics (Riley Blake Designs) and distributed here in Australia by Millhouse Collections. I received this gorgeous bundle of fabrics right before Australia Post went on their Christmas/New Year holiday but hadn’t had a chance to play with them until yesterday. I dropped everything and let everyone fend for themselves for a few hours while I retreated into my sewing room.

Toy Chest 2 is cute. Super dooper cute. Toy elephants, toy ducks, toy Bo Peep (who has lost her sheep) and all in a gorgeous palette of colour. Honestly, lovely.

The Patchwork Tulip pattern in the book is for a quilt, but as it’s the middle of summer here (and it was 40C yesterday) making a quilt wasn’t high on my list of things to contemplate. A table runner though - you can’t have too many of those. I made 5 blocks from the book and then added 2” sashing strips. I then added a final black and white spot border which really frames the runner and makes the bright colours “POP” even more.

Like all patterns by Lori Holt / It’s Sew Emma this block (quilt) is perfect to chain piece. Just cut out all of the pieces in advance, keep them organised, and then sit at the machine and sew, sew, sew. I put this table-runner together in a couple of hours, but honestly you could probably make the quilt in a weekend (if you don’t have kids interrupting you, searching for food every half hour).

I free motion quilted it with a loopy meandering design (which really seems to be my go-to lately) and then wanting to finish it quickly so I could go outside and jump in the pool with the kids, I machine bound it. I RARELY machine bind anything. I absolutely love the process of hand sewing the binding to the back of a project, but it was hot and the pool was beckoning.

Carla of the blog My Happy Haven started a challenge over on Instagram at the start of the year. The #2017SewingBookChallenge is where we create something from one of our sewing books. We seem to buy books with the best of intentions and then never get around to creating any of the projects with the beautiful pages.

I am hoping to create something each month from my sewing books. At least 12 projects from books in my crafty book library. Let’s see how I go. Maybe I need to keep a tally on my side-bar to serve as a reminder and keep me motivated?

Do you have craft books sitting on your shelf, that you haven’t created projects with?

Join me over on Instagram (@SameliasMum) and the sewing book fun by following the hashtag #2017SewingBookChallenge.

Here's the link to the Scrappy Project Planner on Amazon

Okay Pharell, take it away...

(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down… can't nothing…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down… my love is too high…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down… can't nothing…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down, I said

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