Of course, even while making those hexagons... quite mechanical and routine by this point... I kept pulling candidates for the spiral table runner in a fall color theme for Thanksgiving from my stash and laying then out to preview them. My cutting table by the time I finished the hexagons is in total disarray with different 8-fabric combinations and sequences. It is a Saturday morning and I am now ready to start this new mini-project. I cannot find the pattern. I look high and low, upstairs and downstairs, in the house and in the car. No luck. My husband cannot live with me in this state of utter frustration. He says "Go buy another one!" This is a good solution (isn't he a true quilter's husband) and the store is close by just blocks away. So I do, with the rationalization that I can give the first pattern to my daughter when it finally turns up.
So here are my fabric choices ready to be cut into strips of varying widths ranging from a rich red at the bottom to a luscious deep chocolate at the top. I picked each fabric so that each of its neighbors shared a hue with it. The corn, third from the bottom, has orange like its neighbor below and gold like its neighbor above. Take a close look at the second fabric from the top. It had dark specs like the fabric neighbor above and gold specks like the fabric neighbor below. I spent days looking at my fat quarters arranging and re-arranging to come up with this sequence... enjoying every minute of it of course.
So here are my fabric choices ready to be cut into strips of varying widths. Now take a look at my cut strips. Notice the second from the top. Yup, it is different. No, I did not change my mind. I had to substituted the chocolate fabric with red dots. I convinced my self my rule still held - kinda... the red dots match the lowest fabric and the cream flowers match the cream neighbor two below.
So why the substitution? I unfolded my fabric to cut the strips from my seventh out of eight fabrics and right smack dab in the middle of my brown grain specks fabric was a big irregular area gone where I had cut out a horse head for a quilt for my daughter. She has promised to send me a picture of that one to post. That'll learn me! Do not fold up partial fat quarters along with your stash of unscathed fat quarters. Fortunately I could find a substitution even after having committed to 3/4 of my fabric choices. And I found it in my stash!
Here are my strips after being sewn together. Now to cut them into 9 degree wedges.
Here is the ruler I bought to do the job.
But, alas, it was not long enough. I called my local store and no, they had not yet restocked on the proper one. The shop owner even called the class teacher to find out what they had used, I think they shared within the class since there were not enough to go around. I could have made an extension and done a work-around but the whole point of a special purpose ruler is to make your job easier and I needed a longer one instead. I also could have made the project with the 10 degree ruler I bought at the Pacific International Quilt Festival (picture at end) but my first time I wanted to do the runner as-is and then tweak and customize in later versions. I was determined to do this project this day so after some internet searches and some phone calls, my other quilt shop 30 miles away had one and placed it on hold for me. I jumped in the car and drove to get it. It is shown below. (And there was a "free" pattern on the back!)
I cut out my wedges with minimal angst. The long ones are kind of wiggly and take a bit of caution to cut without ruler slippage but no major issues. Here are the wedges of two different colorways at different stages of assembly... first the wedges,
then pairs and fours,
and one of the two color-way sequences completed
and the assembled runner not yet with batting or backing
The irony has not escaped me. I used only fabrics from my stash, yes. But I bought the pattern twice and the ruler three times with trips to two quilt stores and a quilt festival. The runner is not backed or have batting yet. Can I do that without buying anything else? Yes.. that is my challenge!
Oh, and by the way. Here is the 10 degree ruler. Supposedly it makes a shorter wider runner. It too comes with a "free" pattern. I will try that some time or make the shorter wider runner with the 10 degree ruler.
And let us not asked the obvious question. Do I need a table runner? Here is what my dining room fall table looks like at present. The runner on it I bought at a craft show already made (gasp!) just 'cause I loved it. And I am sure it cost a lot less than the spiral one still in progress! I have no clue why– I only used fabric from my stash... ;•)
I am sure there are some of you out there who have similar foibles. At least I hope so! Feel free to share and commiserate!