How have you been? Hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays! I had a great time visiting my family in Minnesota but happy to be back in the warm Florida weather! I got right back to work creating tutorials and projects for you! Today I would like to share a table runner called Light Odds featuring fabrics from the beautiful fabric collection Recollection! If you haven’t checked out the lookbook yet you can check it out by clicking here!
Well let’s get started! Here are the fabrics you will need!
Fabric A- RCL-605 3/8 yd.
Fabric B- RCl-606 3/8 yd.
Fabric C- RCL-703 1/4 yd.
Fabric D- RCL-711 1/2 yd.
Binding Included- RCL-605
Backing – RCL-603 5/8 yd.
Six (6) 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” squares from Fabric A
Four (4) 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” squares from Fabric B
Forty (40) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric C
Fifteen (15) 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” squares from Fabric D
Ten (10) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangle from Fabric D
Take a 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A and four (4) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric C. These are the pieces you will need to create four flying geese units.Draw diagonal lines using a pencil or a water souble pen on the wrong side of the fabric on each 2 7/8”x 2 7/8” square from Fabric C.
Place two (2) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares at each corner of your 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A. Make sure right sides are together and the diagonal line match up to make a straight line. (Diagram 2.1) Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4”. Cut piece on the diagonal line. You will now have two pieces that look like Diagram 2.3.
Press seams toward Fabric C. (Diagram 3.1) Now place a 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” rectangle from Fabric C at the lower corner of your piece. Follow Diagram 3.2. Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4”. Cut piece on diagonal line. You will now have two piece that look like Diagram 3.3. Repeat steps in Diagram 3.1-3.3 for other piece created in Diagram 2.3
You will now have four flying geese using the no waste method! Diagram 4.2 shows you that you will need to sew two flying geese together to create a diamond block.
Repeat the following steps with the remaining fabric pieces. You will need a total of nine(9) Fabric A diamond blocks and a total of six(6) Fabric B diamond blocks. The remaining Fabric A and B flying geese should equal six(6) from Farbic A and four (4) from Fabric B.
Now lay out and sew your pieces following the illustration in Diagram 6.
Table Runner Quilting Assembly
Place BACKING FABRIC on a large surface wrong side up. Stretch it with masking tape against that surface. Place batting on top of backing fabric. Place quilt top on top of the batting with right side facing up. Smooth away wrinkles using your hands. Pin all layers together and baste with basting thread, using long stitches. You can also use safety pins to join the layers.
Machine or hand quilt starting at the center and working towards the corners. Remember that quilting motifs are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finish, trim excess of any fabric batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.
Cut enough strips 1 ½” wide by the width of RCL-605 to make a final strip of 122” long. Start sewing the binding strip in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt, placing the strip right side down and leaving an approximate 5” tail. Sew with ¼” seam allowance (using straight stitch), aligning the strip’s raw edge with the quilt top’s raw edge.
Stop stitching ¼” before the edge of the quilt (Diagram B1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45 degrees and upward, pressing with your fingers. (Diagram B2) Hold this fold with your finger; bring the strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the top edge of the quilt (Diagram B3). Start sewing at ½” of the border, stitching all the layers. Do the same in the four corners of the quilt.
Stop stitching before you reach the last 5 or 6 inches. Cut the threads and remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Lay the loose ends of the binding flat along the quilt edge, folding the ends back on themselves where they meet. Press them together to form a crease. Using this crease as the stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding with right sides together (you can help yourself by marking with a pencil if the crease is difficult to see).
Trim seam to ¼” and press open. Complete the sewing. Turn binding to back of the quilt, turn raw edge inside and stitch by hand using blind stitch.
I hope you have fun making this table runner and working with the Recollection fabric collection! I am excited for what this year will bring and am excited to get busy working on many fun projects and tutorials for you all to enjoy!!