Starting Monday, April 5, 2021, we’ll be sewing a different block each week for eight weeks. The piece we’re making uses a sampling of blocks from the book, and all together they make an exquisite tablerunner that measures 22.5″ x 80.5″.
** I added some alternate options below because I wanted my runner a little smaller.**
I added an alternate pattern option to the bottom (keep scrolling down) since I wanted my runner to be a little shorter. Check out what I did a little different, and feel free to ask questions if you have them. My runner came out 22x65, here is a sneak peek...
Week 1 - April 5th *Treasure Trove Block
Week 2 - April 12th *Homecoming Blocks
Week 3 - April 19th *Springtime Bliss Blocks
(I'm using on the back)
Week 4 - April 26th *Paradox Block (I'm using on the back)
Week 5 - May 3rd *Westward Blocks (I'm using on the back)
Week 6 - May 10th *Friendship Bracelet Block
(I'm making 2 and using them on the front)
Week 7 - May 17th *Tablerunner sashing & borders
Since I made my runner shorter (22x65) I decided to make my sashing pieces 1.5" and I really liked the finished size.
Week 8 - May 24th *Tablerunner Backing, Quilting, & Binding
Download Backing Instructions HERE
I upload my logo to Spoonflower, put the image on repeat until I get the desired size and have it printed on white cotton fabric, then I cut them and use them as labels in my quilts.
Alternate Size Options:
Here are the changes I made...
First, I decided that I really liked the block that was featured on the backing because the Smoke and Rust fabric collection only had a few pieces of the rusty orange in the bundle, and I wanted to use them on the front. So instead of making week 4 block (Paradox) and week 5 block (Westward) on the front, I decided I would make two of the week 6 blocks (Friendship Bracelet) block instead. But since they are only 12.5" blocks I needed something added to them to make them fit, so I added 6 HST and a sashing strip.
*Tip: So depending on the cutting of some patterns, there are often a lot of corner pieces that are cut off and not used after the trimming, so I made a little video and took a few pictures to give a little mini tutorial to show you how I better use that leftover.
6 - 4.5" HST (half square triangles)
2 - 2.5" x 12.5" sashing pieces (sew between the block and the HST)
I used 1.5" strips for sashing and borders pieces (A-D-C in week 7 instructions)
Backing: Because I made my table runner a little shorter, my backing was made using 3 blocks in the center and then filling in around that. I simply laid my table runner top on the floor, and figured that I would need 8.5" on top and bottom of my blocks to get enough extra to load to the long arm. I then placed that piece center on the runner top, and measured out to the left and right to figure how much I would need to either side. All pieced backings will be a little different, the best way I have found is to lay my top down and figure things from the center and measure my way out.
Binding: I usually use 2.5" strips for my binding, then I machine stitch it to the top with the sewing machine, press flat, then fold over the back side, hold with wonder clips and hand stitch it down using matching Aurifil 50 thread and Lori Holt Binding needles.
OH, and if you look at the picture above, I alway leave the little tails on the border strip, then I trim them down so they are perfectly square after I take it off the long arm. I dont do this on quilts, but I always do on smaller pieces that are going on tables, I want them to look perfect up close on a table.
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Gina Tell (@gina_tell_threadgraffiti), Thread Graffiti
Jen Belnap (@thesmittenchicken), The Smitten Chicken
Jeresther Thorpe-Page (@Sew_SweetSeeBee)
Lisa Johnson (@intheboondocks), In the Boondocks
Mona Phelps (@mona.phelps), Bluegrass Stitches
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan), Pat Sloan
Patty (@elmstreetquilts), Elm Street Quilts
Sondra Davison (@sondradavison), Out of the Blue Quilts
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Until next time, Happy Quilting!!!