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Wonderful Things Blog Hop

Howdy, friends! And happy Hump Day! (Do people still say that?!)

Once again, I have the extreme privilege to create with one of Bonnie Christine’s beautiful collections! *heart eyes* Bonnie’s latest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics that’s out and about is called Wonderful Things, and it really truly is full of wonderful things  – lovely colors, uplifting affirmations, inspiring design.

I decided now is the time to finally make a table runner for our sofa console. And Nicole’s and my Deco Hex Pattern that we made via SARIELLA for Stash Builder Box a couple months ago was the perfect pattern for it. Not to worry…it will soon be available via our site for you to nab for yourselves if you like it. I’m kinda partial to it…especially after making this table runner!

I limited myself to 4 prints for the piece. Since our kitchen (pale blue and white) feeds into the family room, which has a HUGE navy blue/bright blue/white area rug and a few pink and purple accents, I opted for these four: Aquarelle Study (Wash), Daydream (Sigh), Splendid Oath (Rain), and Garden Walk (Thistle). I won’t lie…that watercolor floral print makes my heart go pitter pat!

Deco Hex Pattern is a foundation paper piecing pattern that ends up looking like four hexagons sliding out from under the first and graduating in size as they slide out. I really wanted to play with the watercolor floral print, so I ended up making my innermost hexagon a solid white. (You’ll see why…)

My finished table runner is comprised of 22 hexagons – 10 half hexes and 12 full hexes. So being a foundation paper piecing pattern, that means a LOT of papers to dissect away from the fabric sections! 

Once all the papers were out and sections pieced together, I had a table runner begging for some fanciness! So I super duper fussy cut the piece of fabric I had with those lovely watercolor flowers and ended up with the prettiest collection of 22 hexagons ever!Aren’t they just SO pretty?! I glue basted these little floral hexies on to the runner to yield five hexagons within each “tile.”Next up, I quilted semi consistently spaced straight lines along the runner length.

Then the fun part! I decided to use the pink thread (No.2435) in our SARIELLA Aurifil thread collection, which I’ve dubbed “Flamingo Sherbet” because it really is the yummiest and happiest and most soothing shade of pink! Not too blue, not too red…and reminiscent of sangria at sunset! Now who wants to go to the islands and watch flamingos and sip beverages with me?! Ok, back to the thread…I appliquéd around the border of each floral hexie with this pretty pink to give a little bit more of a frame to each flower as it touches the subsequent white hex. (Not yet stitched in this photo below…but it’s such a pretty picture so here it is pre-appliqué.)

Before my runner could find its “home” on our console table (which we’ve had since January), I knew this was the kick in the pants I needed to *finally* finish it. Sure, raw oak is pretty and all, but I’d been hemming and hawing for months on whether or not to stain it or paint it. Since we purchased this home as a deserted foreclosed mess, we’ve been nonstop updating and changing and renovating. (Yes, don’t worry…those hideous floors are on our list!) I decided to go with my tried and true Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen, which is also what our kitchen island and pantry doors are painted so there’s good flow!

Four hours later, it was painted and drying while I finished up the binding on the runner. If I were smart, I’d have measured the entire thing to tell you what the finished dimensions are, but I didn’t…and it’s currently packed in my suitcase for my flight to Albuquerque tomorrow morning. So there’s my failing moment during all this. Hah! It’s roughly 60″ x 14″ give or take.

That little blue and white print is seriously the cutest and most perfect print for binding! And I just love how it ties into our area rug so well!

And there we have it!! Our finished sofa console table all pretty and perfect and finally finished! Now let’s take bets on how long it is before my husband manages to spill a drink on it… HAHAHA!

I hope you enjoyed this project’s process! I sure enjoyed making it and watching it come together from start to finish. And a special thank you to Bonnie for inviting me in to her tribe to work on this. My heart has a special place for her – she was the very first fabric designer I came upon when I got into quilting 3 years ago. I just thought fabric was fabric. Little did I know that there were a whole slew of fabulous designers…each with their own specialty and known design elements. I fell head over heels with her Winged collection, and that was that…I became a forever Bonnie Christine fan from that moment on!

Be sure to check out the other contributors so far on this hop, as well as all those to come as August rolls on by! Click HERE to check it out! I’ll be posting a few more pics to my Instagram (@sariditty) and Facebook pages as the day goes by – hope you enjoy them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs & Stitches – xo –