Thursday, August 12, 2021

Try a Tool Blog Hop featuring the Orchid Table Runner

Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the Island Batik Try a Tool blog hop.  This is what I made, the Orchid table runner.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.

For this blog hop, I was pleased to use this glorious new fabric collection, Fancy Feathers, by Kathy Engle, for Island Batik.  I love all colors, but purples are my favorite.  This collection sings to my heart.
If you love it as much as I do, these should be in your local quilt shop now.  Also, I will be giving away a charm pack of my leftovers from this project at the end of this post.

For the "Try a Tool" part of the challenge, the Island Batik Ambassadors were given different rulers by Studio 180 Design.  I received Split Recs.  It makes the type of unit shown above, in many different sizes.  We were required to make a project with at least 30 units.  The Orchid table runner has 64 Split Recs units.

I am not much of a ruler gal, but I have to admit, once I got the hang of how this ruler works, the units came together easily.

The Orchid block.  It's not perfect.  I paper pieced the center section.  I think it would have matched up a little better if I had the Corner Beam ruler for the center part.

I had a nice variety of matching Aurifil thread for the quilting. I also had just enough Hobbs 100 Percent Cotton batting and solid gray Island Batik fabric left on my quilting frame from my last project to quilt this table runner.  How lucky!

I used my favorite Schmetz needles for the piecing and quilting.  The borders were cut with my Accuquilt strip dies.  Designed in EQ8.  Here's a few glamour shots of the finished project.


Posing with some Monkey Grass on the front steps.

The gray backing.  You can see my not perfect, but always trying to improve quilting.

I love the way this binding came out.  The little curves on the fabric fit perfectly.

Pretty folds.

Orchid Table Runner
Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  40-1/2" x 16-1/2"
Block Size:  8" x 8"
Fabric:  Fancy Feathers by Kathy Engle for Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs 100 Percent Cotton
Thread:  Aurifil

Giveaway time!  I used up two of the fabrics from the Fancy Feathers collection, but I was able to cut 18 five inch charm squares to give away.  Leave a comment below and I will choose a winner via random number generator at the end of the hop.  Let's make it interesting.  Because this is a table runner, comment your favorite food.  What meal would you serve atop the Orchid table runner?


Be sure to visit the Island Batik blog to enter this week's giveaway of Butterfly Blooms and Autumn Wings.  Visit the other stops on the blog hop to see all the new fabric collections, and what the other ambassadors made:

August 10:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail 

August 11:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

August 12:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

August 13:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

August 16:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

August 17:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Sally Manke, Sally Manke Fiber Artist

August 18:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt 

August 19:

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

August 20:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

August 23:

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

August 24:

Megan Best, Bestquilter
Janet Yamamoto, Whispers of Yore

August 25:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde

August 26:

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

August 27:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

August 30:

Joanne Hart, Unicorn Harts
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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  1. I am eating a lot of tomato, pasta, peppers salad right now. This might be my favorite so far. I love these colors and the design is wonderful.

  2. So pretty!!! I love the deep purple you used as the background fabric. Great block! This will make for a lovely table, no matter what you are serving!

  3. I don't know about meal, but I'd serve a blueberry dessert with whipped cream, to set off the colors perfectly!

  4. Your table runner is sooo pretty. I really love the design. It is totally unique.
    Thank you for your giveaway. I am a Pizza freak. I could eat it anytime for any meal so that is what I would serve.

  5. I love the design, the color, the fabrics(of course). A job well done!

  6. Beautiful fabrics and lovely table runner.

  7. Any excuse to make it: A whole Smoked Beef Brisket! She's certainly a looker of a table runner!!

  8. Beautiful table runner. Keep practicing, you are getting better! Lasagna sounds good to me.

  9. Oh but those fabrics are wonderful. These seems like a fun tool. Wow, I love your runner. We have bible study here and I would put the runner out, with nuts, fresh fruit and homemade brownies.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  10. I would serve brunch on this table runner! I really like the layout!

  11. That is a lovely table runner...I would serve plum cobbler on it!

  12. Gorgeous. My favorite food is seafood (shrimp, crab, scallops). I would serve a blueberry pie on this table runner!!

  13. That's a dessert-worthy tablerunner. I'd have to invite a few friends over for coffee and huckleberry cheesecake.

  14. I think this is my favorite one so far, love the design and colors. If you decide to write a pattern for it I would love to get one. I would have to serve just about anything on this but right now is BBQ time for us.

  15. I wouldn't serve anything on this, just to pretty to be covered up.

  16. Beautiful fabrics & a great design!

  17. I love your runner.The Purple is luscious. At this time of year my favourite meals are cucumber sandwiches or BLT's with fresh garden lettuce and tomatoes. Thanks

  18. I think it would be fun to serve purple foods on it. Such as grapes, cabbage, purple potatoes, etc. Not a very well rounded meal, but fun.

  19. I would serve afternoon tea with fruit, scones, and a pot of green tea.

  20. That's gorgeous. I love the colors and the design you created. I would put it on my computer desk since it's the perfect color for my room, and I would get to see it every day!

  21. I think this reminds me of Iris and orchids so a late night dinner for 2 on the deck or patio with the good China, a good bottle of wine and some starlight. A great green salad and Lasagna would be perfect.

  22. this beautiful table runnerlooks like there should be something tropical served with it.How about some grilled chicken with pineapple salsa?

  23. Purple is my favorite color so I love this collection! My favorite food is ice cream, but would probably serve curried chicken and rice salad with the table runner.

  24. Beautiful runner! I think my favorite food is anything called desert, but a simple fruit crisp with ice cream is calling me right now.

  25. This beautiful table runner shines and shimmers... like it is lit from within. Gorgeous Finish!!!

  26. I would serve a light dinner of chicken salad and fresh fruit. Beautiful table runner.

  27. Beautiful runner! I love these fabrics. If I won I’d have to make a table topper and then I’d have to bake either a blueberry or bumbleberry cheesecake to have with DH after dinner. 😉

  28. Your table runner is gorgeous! Very creative use of those blocks! I would serve a big cobb salad and popovers on this table runner. Thanks for sharing your process and your creation and your charm squares!

  29. Tacos are my favorite food (well, anything Mexican, really) but since they tend to be messy, I'd keep them well away from that gorgeous table runner!

  30. Does chocolate count as a favorite food? I would serve turkey with all the trimmings on that table runner. Turkey works any time of year, not just Thanksgiving.

  31. This is gorgeous, love
    the colors. I would like
    to have my fave, Coconut
    Cream Pie with it!
    Carla from Arizona