Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Solstice

Hello dear friends! Before we say goodbye to 2017, I wanted to do a little post on my latest project. 
Making table runners like the one below! At first, you'd think it's a complex piece. Right? Not at all! This was one of the quickest 'sews' I've ever done and I'm so excited about it, I just had to share!

The best thing to use are fat quarters for this projects.

You will need to cut 12 - 3 inch squares of fabric choice #1, 
and 12 - 3 inch squares of  fabric choice #2

Cut 12 - 3 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles of fabric choice #3
Cut 12 - 3 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles of fabric choice #4

Draw a diagonal on your 24 three inch squares. Line them up on one side of your rectangle fabric and stitch on the drawn line.

When it comes to cutting, trim a quarter inch from the stitched line, like the picture below.

Press your seams open.

Ooh la la! Love pressed seams!

When you lay your block out like below, it will appear that your seams will not match. After you stitch 2 rectangles together at a time, I promise they will. The 1/4 inch seam is where the compensation takes place. 

See! I told you!

Once your block is stitched, take a coordinating fabric, pulling from your 4 fabric choices and cut 6 - 8 inch squares.

Next, cut them on the diagonal. This will become your four corners, or in the picture below, the cream fabric.

In between your blocks, you can use strips to separate. I think a 3 1/2 inch width is a good size. However, you can make them as wide as 5-6 inches if you prefer. Either way, they will need to be cut the length of 14 1/2 inches, the finished block length. 

Once, your blocks and strips are set and sewn, cut an 11 inch block on the diagonal as well. These become the pointy ends of your table runner. That's it!

Could you believe how quick and simple this is?!?!

I love it, and because of that, I can't stop sewing these blocks!

Last but not least, I'd like to wish everyone a truly very Merry Christmas!
May you celebrate with your loved ones in good health and happiness!

See you all next year!