Monday, July 3, 2017

Strips and Salsa

A few months ago we had Gudrun Erla from GE Designs speak at our guild meeting. Previously, I had purchased her Stripology book and had not used it yet. However, I got inspired and the very next week I pieced several runners.  The pattern is called Strips and Salsa.  I quilted them in May along with getting them bound, but forgot to get pictures of them.

This first one is Island Batik fabrics and I followed the pattern.

I found a new design to quilt on this one. I believe it was from Lori Kennedy's site. It sure was fun to have something really new to me!

I really liked how this one came out but...

I thought what would happen if I increased my strip width, so I figured out what I needed to do.  I like this size a lot.  This one is also Island Batik fabric.

Here you can see the difference it made in increasing the strip width.

Well then I got so excited I just couldn't stop making this pattern!!

Holly and loops made a fun quilting design.

We had a great weekend of dinner out with friends and then DH and I got our boat out and enjoyed some fun in the sun.  It had been a couple years since we used it and it felt so good to enjoy it again. There were at least 50 boats in one little cove on the lake we were in.  And a whole lot more up and down the lake.  A beautiful 81 degrees drew lots of people out to play.

This little guy was just sitting in the grass-well he wasn't exactly little, his wing span was 5-6". His wings were not looking too good.

Some pretties I picked just for you:)   Some lilies in our garden. We have to keep them fenced in or the deer think they are dessert we planted just for them.

Have a Happy and safe 4th of July for those who celebrate it!

Linking with MCM and Monday Making


  1. I love the bigger size too! The red and green ones are my favorite. I need on for Christmas!

  2. Great table runners. You are on a roll! Such pretty flowers, too. My lilies were eaten before they bloomed this year. :(

  3. Those runners are so pretty, I can't choose a favorite.

    Looks like you had a great day on the boat. Got to get out on it more :)

  4. Now this runner is on my list to make! I like the look of both versions! AND I have the book and lots of fabric possibles!!

  5. Hi Vicki,
    Well, aren't you clever increasing the strip width. It must be an illusion - the wider one looks shorter to me and I'm sure it isn't. Love them!! I need to make some runners - in my spare time somehow. The boat shots look so inviting, and the lilies are beautiful. Our are just opening up, too - my favorites. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Love your runner experiment! Love that we have Gudrun here in MN. And that moth! DH is into identifying them, and says it's a cecropia. I'd love to see one sometime...

  7. You know I love those runners, Vicki :-) Happy 4th to all of you!

  8. Like the runners, especially the read, black and green one. Good to see you enjoying the lake. Deer are playing havoc here too. I love watching them but not quite so close to the house, like under my window. Enjoy your 4th

  9. Wow, that's a really versatile pattern! I like the first one the best, with the gradation of color out from the center. And that leafy quilting pattern is awesome! Gotta try that one :)

    I'm glad you're using your boat again! We're on the New River in Fort Lauderdale this weekend and there are TONS of boats out enjoying the holiday. We love to watch them all go by while we are safely docked so we can enjoy an adult beverage or two.

  10. Oh, these are beautiful, Vicki! Are these some of the runners you sold on Etsy? I really love the ombre effect on the first one and the photos are great! I think my favorite is the Christmasy one.

  11. Really NICE designs...I like the wider version best & especially the one with the white background & Christmas colors. Bet that one would sell fast on your Etsy site.
    Loved the view from the boat. We used to have one, a long time ago.
    I gave up on growing lilies...the deer just devoured them & fencing isn't permitted in our development. *sigh* I enjoyed seeing yours, as my Mom had a HUGE bed of them where I grew up. She called them "poor man's orchids"
    Hope you're enjoying the 4th!!

  12. The pattern is pretty, no doubt but your quilting really kicks it up a notch. Boat on the water and 81 degrees - I am definitely jealous :-p


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