Recently I purchased a pack of Waverly upholstery samples from the 1960s. The line was titled "New Hope" and came still stapled to the cardboard hanger. Each smaller swatch had a label on the back, and the larger piece was almost a half yard. Hmmm, a pencil skirt? A tote bag? Throw pillows?
I finally decided on a table runner. I laid out the swatches in three rows, creating a simple off-set brick pattern. Colors needed to be swapped around a bit, and then I was off to the sewing machine. It seemed a bit clunky so I cut a few swatches in half, repositioned the rows and finished it up. I backed it with the half yard piece and bound it off in muslin. My quilting which barely shows up on the busy print is a free-motion zigzag.
My sewing room stills contains the half-finished wiggle dress, the pile of jeans with blown out knees, and the Mad Scientist Halloween costume, but I needed a break. This project had been floating in my head for a while and in a matter of a few hours, over the course of a couple days, I had something new for the dinner table. Instant gratification isn't always a bad thing.