It seems runners are my new make of choice. It's a fun way to showcase blocks without making a whole quilt and I think it's lovely to be able to cover all the surfaces in fabric! I also have a finished quilt to share and all these projects were demonstrated on Sewing Quarter.

This beautiful flower explosion was made with Free Spirit pre cut hexagons, the centre is Denyse Schmidt solid and the rest are by Kaffe Fassett.

I took inspiration from the book Happy Hexies by Boutique-Sha to make this oval table runner.

The 4" free printable hexagon templates from Love Patchwork & Quilting (it includes other sizes!) worked perfectly with the pre cuts and it was enjoyable stitching. The runner was made by simply layering the plain top right sides together with backing and wadding, sewing around the edges leaving a gap for turning. After turning through and top stitching, I glue basted the hexies to the background, then quilted a top stitch around the edges and echo quilted the flower and centre. I love that it's bright but has a nice retro feel at the same time.

I also made a more modern and bright runner, made of eight blocks from the Woven Links quilt pattern in Annie's Lap & Throw Quilts.

The jewel tones are really striking and it creates such a cool design, lots of ways you can play with this pattern to create different effects too. I don't have a picture of the length of the runner but you can see the woven element here.

I did some straight line quilting and mimicked squares within the diamond space. Given more time I think this would be incredible with a lot of dense quilting or some detailed free motion quilting.

Finally the Sailing Sailing Quilt from Beginner-Friendly Baby Quilts by Linda Causee, a simple and cute make! 

I chose to make half squares triangles, using both the traditional and four in one method, as it was quicker than cutting lots of triangles using the templates in the book. 

The quilting suits the theme perfectly, I used blue and white thread to quilt 'waves' using my Elna (mode 2, #19).

I am hoping to have a productive week and get some of my own projects finished, my wip list is out of control! Wishing you all a happy Monday :)