As I started writing instructions for my prairie point embellished pumpkin runner, it occurred to me that I chose a rather uncommon block size as the base. Who makes 7 1/2" finished blocks? I do, apparently.
I'm trying to figure out why I chose that size. I pieced the top two years ago this month, so it's all a little foggy in my memory. I think the answer lies in the Canada Day runner I made in July that year.
When I made this one I was just playing with red scraps. I had a stack of 3 1/2" red squares in the scrap bins, and I used those to make the HST for the leaf tips, which led to 2 1/2" finished HST. Those dictated the size of the finished block: 3 x 2 1/2" = 7 1/2".
How did that dictate the size of my pumpkins? I used the maple leaf runner as my model for the sashing and borders widths. Since I was just playing with orange scraps, it wasn't a big deal to make my pumpkins the same size as the leaves so the proportions would still work.
I had planned to share the runner setting instructions as a free download for my newsletter subscribers, with the understanding that you could use any 7 1/2" finished block of your choice to suit your purpose. Now I'm wondering if there's any point, because there aren't a lot of patterns for 7 1/2" blocks floating around. Maybe I need to pair the setting with block patterns? That's would be a whole new project to add to my "to do" list.
Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions? Please share!