A Bit Of A BOTM, But Probably Not The One You Were Expecting

You may recall that back in January – which seems so long ago now – I started out a mission to do a quilt block a month using the Scan N Cut. Well, I did get something quilty made this month but it wasn’t exactly “on plan”.

Come take a look …

Just before I show you what and how I made it I’d like to share with you the reason for the temporary change of plan. It was this …

Image showing a charm pack of fabric.

Yes, an unassuming charm pack of lovely batik fabrics.

This has been in my “collection” for quite some time but I never really got around to using it and instead kept moving it here and there as I was digging through the stash for other bits and bobs.

Whilst I was making last month’s block – which you can see here – it was sat on my sewing table calling out – “use me, USE MEEEE!” so, not one to turn my nose up at inanimate talking objects around the home – yes, I am still sane – I decided that I would come up with something to, well, use it.

So, whilst I was procrastinating other jobs I sat down and sorted through the pack (randomly) and put a whole bunch of pairs together.

Then, laid them out in a row. No reason, just pretty and it meant I didn’t have to go do the dishes or the housework or the paperwork etc etc bla bla – you get the idea.

It was at this point that I thought it might make a nice runner for the coffee table. I hadn’t measured the coffee table, just hoped that it would fit.

FYI, the coffee table is an old dining table with it’s legs chopped off so if you got sentimental about cute talking fabric, imagine what the table said at the time!

Anyhoo, an evening later and I had all of the squares stitched together.

Look! SUN!

Yes, after the week of ridiculous snow, the sun has finally made an appearance, melted all the snow and is actually warm!

*happy sigh.

After day dreaming for a bit, I applied the batting, backing and top stitching and then used the sun as an excuse to go and do the next bit outside.

The goal? Trim down the edges. I mean, I could have done that inside but what a wasted opportunity!

Snip, Snip, Snip.

*slurps coffee

Right, job done. I needed to head back inside to stitch on the binding … but the sun is sooooo nice.


Ok, I’ll go in now. Lol!

The binding went on.

I think I need to practice more with binding as I’m not quite getting very good mitred corners but at least it went on and stayed in place so that was a win in my books.

And that, my chums, was that. Quick, stitchy and fun.

Not quite sure it will be a runner after all. Maybe a wall hanging. Maybe a chair pad – it looked good on the bench so that has given me an idea for a future quilting project at least.

Anyway, what do you think?

Right, that’s about it for this one.

If you have any questions or thoughts about the content of this post, please feel free to pop them in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

Bye for now.


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18 thoughts on “A Bit Of A BOTM, But Probably Not The One You Were Expecting

  1. It’s so gorgeous John. The batik fabrik is awesome. Love that you used a black binding it compliments the gorgeous colours. It’s a sunny quilt.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a great week.

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  2. Well John, I completely get fabric speaking to you, mine does it all the time lol.
    Totally understand the need to make something with the charm pack, the colours shout springtime and love that you got stuck in.
    Thanks for sharing. Jx

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  3. Love that material John, great idea! It would make a fabulous seat cover for said bench or window seat if you have one. Nice and comfy for our old BOTM 😂 xx

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  4. Beautiful piece which looks lovely on the table. Love your fun commentary, we all need to be playful and not be so serious all the time I absolutely get talking fabric. My card making stash is always calling me to play 😀

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  5. Wow. What a beautiful way to enter spring. Suits your style perfectly. Now you have made me think about my stash. Keep it up. you could have cushions to match. xx

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  6. That’s very pretty John. Ive hot hoards of fabric… I must make an effort & use it!! Glad you’ve had some sunshine at last!!! It’s nice n sunny here in Shropshire as well. Spring is on its way!! Take care & stay safe.

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  7. Gorgeous runner John, love the charm pack fabrics. You have a done a grand job and your whitty comments, just make your news fun and colourful as well. xx

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  8. Absolutely blooming’ gorgeous John! I love charm squares and jelly rolls they are so versatile. I’m currently making my second lockdown quilt using fat quarters. I don’t have a Scan and cut so most of the cutting is done by hand though I do have some multi media dies for squares and triangles. I also do the EPP patchwork which., though time consuming, is very relaxing. My excuse for not doing the boring bits in life at the moment is a broken ankle! Bit drastic but it works!! Back to my quilt. Looking forward to your next impromptu make xx


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