Monday, June 24, 2013

Rocky Road to Kansas, and a Table Topper to be won

Here is my Blue Rocky Road to Kansas - 10 blocks of 30 needed.  Each block finishes at 12 inches.  I've put bits of dark red and limey green to keep it bright.  Will I EVER use up my BLUE scraps?  This is the second quilt I've made using this design - the other one (below) used mostly authentic thirties scraps and is hand quilted.  

(Below) - these are NOT my blue scraps - these scraps belong to my Quilt Guild.  I offered the skills of my local quilting friends to make the 2013 Serendipity (Raffle) quilt to be awarded in July.  This smaller table topper incentive is for ... not sure on this - it goes to the one who sold the most tickets, or to whose name is pulled from "the hat".  

This started as 9 blocks, then one brilliant person suggested we make it a table topper, and let's redesign the corners to turn it into an octagon - GREAT idea.  Then when I was trying to balance the blocks and colors, and exchanged places with some of the blocks, look what appeared --- a friendship star in the middle!  What a lovely surprise!   Then I added a narrow red strip and another blue strip, log cabin style.  I am leaning towards reducing the width of the last blue strip - not sure yet.  Sydney quilted the center block using her long-arm machine skills and I will machine quilt (DSM) the rest of it, following her style in the center.  For now, I'm not planning on using a traditional binding, maybe turning the front into the backing.  I'd love to win this myself.

This is our version of Lady of the Lake, one name of many similar.

9 comments:

swooze said...

Or you could face the edges. That would take up some of the blue as well. I love this topper!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute table topper. Love how it turned out.

Janet O. said...

I love the look of all your string projects, I just can't stay with the making of them myself. I finished my first string project. The second, however, has been languishing for years!

barbara woods said...

lovely table runner

Bonnie said...

Great use of your strings....

Lynn said...

Looking good - really pretty quilts.

Kathie said...

cute table topper
I am working on a rocky road to kansas quilt too from an antique one, should get back to that! love the look of yours
Kathie

Pokey said...

Good job on the Rocky Road. The blues will finish it up nicely. Here's hoping you win the octagon topper, that is sweet ~
:-}pokey

Purple Pam said...

You have a good start on your current blue Rocky Kansas quilt. Is Kansas rocking today, I do not know?

Cute in-progress table topper.