True Red White Blue DrEAMi
Have you ever had red, white and true blue dreams? Or DrEAMi (drop everything and make it) ideas pop into your head overnight? I know you have because those are the projects squirrels are made from. Sandra who hosts a monthly linkup at mmm Quilts and Wendy at Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life (who may also be known as the Grand Poobah of Squirrels) both regularly tempt their readers with squirrelly projects. It was no surprise to me that I had inspiration from red, white and blue during the night.
True Blue Drawer Full
Sue said to me a few weeks ago that the drawer we store our blue fabric in is at capacity. We cannot buy another thing in shades of blue. I guess you might call this drawer full; I think you could squeeze a few more things in there if the pieces were folded neatly.
That obviously made no impact at the time because I promptly purchased and we made the Dark Blue Batik quilt top. The same goes for the red drawer – no red fabric should be purchased. Perhaps Sue does have a point with the red fabric – it IS pretty darn full.
Then I had a revelation! Hey, why not make a red, white and blue table runner? Using only cute fabrics, because we do occasionally purchase an ugly fabric. Or somehow an ugly fabric shows up on our doorstep.
Pinwheels came to mind because I think of them on the 4th of July. Spinning cutely in the wind, awaiting the fireworks and filled with excitement. That was one idea. With HSTs (half square triangles) lots and lots of fun patterns can evolve.
Maybe just a random pattern with HSTs going in different directions. I’m not very good at doing random, but we did make this table runner for my boss in shades of beige. I see a chevron pattern when I look at this.
The HSTs were made with the idea of pairing a darker fabric with a lighter or contrasting fabric. That would be easy and quick to make as well. My midnight inspiration wasn’t that specific as to which pattern would be best.
True Decision Is Made
So, what did we end up deciding to make? Are you curious? Me, too! HAHA! Then I read a post from Sandra, with HER DrEAMi inspiration from Jessica’s new QAL. Seriously, Sandra – I’m going to stop reading your blog since you share so many DrEAMi ideas. I showed Sue the picture of just the blocks and BAM. She auditioned fabrics and here we are. We don’t let any grass grow under our feet when four-patches and flying geese are involved.
In one weekend this happened, and the quilt top picture was accidentally photographed right next to our little flag angel. How perfect is that?!
True Blue Ta-Da
No worries were shared over this piece as the quilting decision was a quick one. ~~Waves~~ are required on this piece since these are flag-inspired stars.
This piece went together so nicely and quickly that it is a true DrEAM(i) project. And it is SO easy for us to stage flag-inspired pieces – there may be more in our future. This project is also due to Vicki at Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting nagging me just a wee bit to make some table runners to list in our Etsy shop. She finally got through – thank you, Vicki!
We’ll be sharing this True Blue DrEAMI project on Sandra’s DrEAMI linkup in spite of her bad influence. Check out what some of our friends have possibly lost sleep over for their drop everything and make it design.
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