Having been busy recently with several intricate and time consuming projects, I have not posted anything for a few weeks. I will be posting progress on these newer projects soon. But, in the meantime, I thought I would post something I completed earlier this summer.
While going through photos of my quilts with a friend, I ran across a project that I had not posted pictures of. This bed runner was inspired by a pack of fat quarters that I saw at a local fabric store.
The fabric made me think about some fused glass supplies that I have in my glass room – millefiori beads. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers). These beads are created by first making pattern rods. On the outside, these rods are a single color. But, when cut across, the pattern becomes visible. This multi-step process requires skill and special glass furnaces. The results of this labor-intensive process are gorgeous “beads” that can be incorporated into earrings, pendants, bowls – any variety of fused glass projects. While I do not have the skill and equipment to make my own millefiori, I have purchased some and love the look of them.
So, when I saw this fabric, I thought I would use it in a bed runner to add a real pop of color to my bedroom. The design for the runner was based off of a photo of a quilt posted on the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. While her project was made with patterned wool felt, I wanted to use my sewing machine’s decorative stitches to create the the pattern in the flowers. Going through my scraps of fabrics, I appliqued my “flower garden” and then used the lovely “Paperweight” fabrics for the border.
This was a really fun project to do. And, as an added bonus, I used up a lot of small scraps that were piling up in my scrap basket and too small to use in most piecing projects.