Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sherbet Stripes Tutorial

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Sherbet Stripes Table Runner at Freemotion by the River
Finished size is 15 x 30
Yesterday I showed you this table runner and today I have the tutorial for making it.

I enjoy table runners that aren’t very long. We often use them on our dining room table during meals and also on small tables or chests. This is a great table runner to make out of your scraps.The side sections are made from various neutral fabrics.
  • Cut 12 – 4 ½ inch squares
  • Cut 6 – 2 ½ x 4 ½ rectangles
The center strips are 2 ½ x 7 ½
  • Cut 2 – Orange
  • Cut 2 - Pink
  • Cut 2 - Yellow
  • Cut 2 - Blue
  • Cut 4 - Green
  • Cut 3 - Stripe
Cut 3 – 2 ½ inch strips the width of the fabric of the stripe for the binding.
Your backing should be 15 x 30 ( I prefer to cut mine 17 x 32 and trim after quilting)
Batting – low loft cotton same size as the backing

Sew with a 1/4 inch seam.

Sew the center pieces together in the order shown below.

Then sew the side sections together - I hae marked the blocks that are 2 1/2 x 4 1/2.  The others are 4 1/2 inch squares.
Sew pieces together

Now sew all the sections together.
Sew sections together
Trace the flower applique shape on to your iron-on adhesive. I use Heat n Bond Lite but there is Wonder Under and several other brands. Just follow the directions on the type you buy. It will also tell you how long to apply heat. You will need 6 flowers. Cut them out and iron onto the top of your table runner. Now you are ready to applique in the method you prefer.

I do a free motion applique before I do my quilting.
applique flower
Layer your backing, batting and top. Now quilt as desired. Trim and add your binding. Sew the three 2 1/2 inch width strips of fabric together as shown below. Trim and press.
Sew binding pieces together
Trim the corner off.
Trim corner on binding
Fold the binding wrong sides together and iron. I usually sew mine to the front of the quilt and then top stitch on the back side.
Sherbet Stripes Table Runner at Freemotion by the River
You can click on the flower template and it will open at the actual size to use. Save the image to your computer.
Sherbert Stripes table runner on table
 If you would like a .pdf copy of the pattern
you can download the pattern here.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sherbet Stripes

Pin It Yesterday I put two quilts in the mail to Island Batik for fall market and.....then I decided to work on a quick and easy project. Actually I already had this pieced......I just needed to quilt it.

Tutorial is coming tomorrow!
Sherbert Stripes table runner at Freemotion by the River
I couldn't wait to take it outside on the deck by the flowers. Notice the deck still isn't sealed...sigh....I got the railings done before we started getting rain, the flooding, quilt deadlines. I really, really need to open up that huge 5 gallon can of sealer and.....get to work...ugh. It is a lot more fun to quilt!
Sherbert Stripes table runner on the deck
I finally got to sit down and do some quilting with the Glide thread that Dora Quilts is always talking about and......she is is beautiful! She uses it in her treadle sewing machine for quilting. It has a little sheen to it, I used it in the top and bottom of my vintage 15-91 Singer that I quilt with.
closeup of quilting
I bought one to try out when I was at the Nolting long arm shop in Cedar Rapids, IA last week. You can also buy the thread online at Fil-Tec BobbinCentral and read more about it. After I quilted the entire table runner I still had thread left in the bobbin. I will definitely be buying more of this!
Glide thread
My table runner is 15 x 30 and believe it or batiks! I actually used fabrics that were in my stash or the scrap box. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the Daisies Flower die.
Sherbert Stripes table runner on the deck
I love the soft pastel colors
Sherbert Stripes table runner on table
I used the green/blue blend on the back and the cute stripe for the binding.
Backing matches stripe on the front
I found this beautiful piece of fabric 2 years ago at a second hand store in Bonaparte, IA. I think I got 4 yards for just a couple dollars!
2007 fabric by Blank Textiles
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Linky Tuesday

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