My 14 year old niece, a budding musician, received an electronic piano for Christmas from her parents, and asked if Auntie Claire could make a patchwork keyboard cover. Auntie Claire said she would give it a go . . . and asked “what colour would you like?” The answer “Green”.
So, with that in mind, plus the dimensions of keyboard (14cm x 129cm) I put on my thinking cap. “Green” covers such a vast range of shades, but I wanted to make something bright & fun, so I ordered in some of the “Dot Dot Dash” Moda range. The hardest task was deciding on a pattern – something so long and thin needed quite small pieces, if I wanted to have a repeat effect . . . so I did a couple of sketches, a little bit of maths, and decided to do a braid, but in two segments, with a mirror effect in the centre.
The following will be obvious to experienced patchworkers, but I decided to take photos as I went, to show any newbies how easy this design was to achieve.
I wanted my bands to measure 1.5” when sewn, so I cut 2” white strips and sewed to my greens (green fabric was almost 10” deep)
and sliced that into 2” bands so that I had my strips ready for the front of the patchwork.
I could have cut at 45° to avoid wastage, but I prefered to cut at 90° and worry about squaring up my edges at the end.
It was then a question of sewing things together in the correct order, from right to left, and then repeating. I started with a white 5” square on the far right for my centre.
I made my “runner” in two halves and then simply decided on a “cut” line across the 5” square on both sides, which I then sewed together to make my centre. And added extra white triangles to each end to give myself more than the required width.
I then batted and backed before quilting
And then cut everything to size before adding white binding.
I kept the brighter, dot fabric for the back . . . but it’s the front I prefer.
And here it is . . .my “Lean Green Runner Bean” – the perfect size. The very bright greens and crisp white making a lovely modern contrast against the black of the electronic piano.