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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Quilted Holiday Table Runner - Day 2

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Continuing our table runner.  Take 2 green charm squares and put them together matching corners exactly.  Cut them to 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" square.



TR6479A

Cut the 2 green charm squares in half diagonally and set aside.



TR6480A

Take 3 more green charm squares and cut them to 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" square.  Cut them in half twice as shown.  Take 4 aqua charms and cut to 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square.  Set aside (Do not cut them in half! - Picture not shown).



TR6481A

Take 2 aqua charm squares and cut to 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" square.  You will then cut them in half diagonally twice.  When you prepare to cut in half diagonally, especially if you have several squares on top of one another, make sure that they are layered perfectly.  When you begin cutting, be careful not to slip your rotary ruler.  After you have made the first diagonal cut, simply cut the square in the other direction diagonally without moving the square.



TR6483A

Now, separate your triangles and set aside.



TR6485A

Let's build the center red  block.  Take 4 red triangles and place on the 4 sides of the cream square. 



TR6486A

Notice that the points of the triangles extend past each corner of the square by about 1/4".  This is exactly as it should be.



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Begin by sewing 2 red triangles to opposite edges of the cream square.  Always use a 1/4" seam.  I follow the edge of my presser foot because it provides me with a clean 1/4" seam allowance.



TR6490A

Press open the triangles - pressing towards the triangles.  Trim off the dog-ears.




TR6491A

Place the other 2 red squares on opposite sides of the cream square making sure they are centered and that the seam allowance that extends past the edges is equal on both sides of the triangle.  Stitch in place.



TR6493A

Press open and clip off the dog-ears.



TR6494A

Measure your block.  It should measure 6-1/2"



TR6497A

Repeat this process for the green square.



TR6498A

You should have 2 squares that look like this - one red and one green.



TR6499A

Lay out a red and cream square and a green and cream square as shown.



TR6500A

With right-sides together (RST), stitch together as shown to make 2 small squares.  Press.  Trim off the dog-ears.



TR6501A

With RST, lay a red triangle on top of the red/cream square you just stitched as shown.  Do the same for the green square.

 



TR6502A

Stitch the triangles to the squares and press so that the result looks like you see above.



TR6503A

Grab 2 aqua triangles and pin to the red and green pieces as shown.



TR6504A

Stitch and press towards the aqua triangle.  Lookin' good!



TR6505A

Take 2 cream triangles and and 2 aqua triangles (mine are cream and aqua because I ran out of aqua charm squares - oops) - and put them together as shown.



TR6506A

Place them RST and stitch (always a 1/4" seam.  Press towards the aqua fabric.



TR6507A

Now, line up your pieces as shown, being accurate by lining up the seams before you pin and stitch.



TR6508A

See the seams?  If you want them to match perfectly, you have to line them up.  That is why having an accurate 1/4" seam, pressing, and pinning accurately makes a big difference in the result!!



TR6510A

Next, with RST, check to make sure that your seams are up against each other as perfectly as you can get them.  NOTE: Don't assume that just because the seam matches at the top edge that it will match when you finish stitching.  Wanna know why?  Because you are stitching 1/4" from the top edge of the piecing.  If you think about it, you need to check to make sure that your edges match perfectly from the 1/4" edge to the top edge.  Then  you'll have nice, straight seams!



TR6511A

Pin that baby in place.  If you don't pin (beginning with the seam you just lined up), you are bound to screw up the alignment.  Don't take a chance.  It takes a few seconds to pin it in place and then stitch.



TR6512A

Press Open towards the triangle you just stitched on.  Trim off the dog-ears.  Smile at your perfect seams and nice piecing.




TR6513A

Take a cream and red triangle set and a cream and green triangle set and lay them next to the block you are piecing.  When you do this you are less likely to stitch across the wrong edge.  Check your work as you go and you'll have fewer mistakes.  I prefer to have my seam ripper collect dust, but it never seams to happen.



TR6521A

Just making sure.



TR6523A

When you have your pieces stitched together and pressed, take your transparent ruler and place the 1/4" seam marking at the top of the triangle.  See it under the ruler?  That tells me that I have a perfect 1/4" seam allowance that I can stitch this piece to another section and the tip of the triangle already stitched together will be a nice, clean point. 



TR6524A

In other words, you don't want to stitch this piece to the first block and cut off the tip of your triangles in the process.  I know, I've done it and it isn't pretty.  Check your accuracy by lining up the horizontal marking on the ruler with the vertical markings, placing the 1/4" marking at the tip of the triangle point beneath the ruler.  If necessary, trim away any excess.  If you look closely at the picture above, you will see just a tiny bit of excess past the edge of the ruler.  I took my rotary cutter and trimed it away.



TR6525A

Lookin' so nice!  Check out those points!! And those perfect 1/4" seams past the center triangle points!!  Yep, this is going to be very pretty when it is all pieced together.



TR6526A

Your completed rectangle should measure 3-1/2" x 6-1/2".  Check your work.  I always do.

 



TR6528A

Now, pin the red rectangle you just finished onto the red square.  Check your points!  your matching center seams! At the 1/4" tip from the top edge!  Then pin in place.



TR6531A

Notice this isn't a perfect match.  That's okay.  Why?  Because I know I have cut accurately and stitched accurately and at this point of the process, I need to make sure that the top edge that I am getting ready to stitch has the "center" tip of the "center" triangle matching the tip of the cream square beneath it.  If these seams match perfectly and you pin from the center out to the sides, you'll be fine.




TR6532A

See what I mean?  Check that out.  Tip-to-tip.



TR6533

Press it open and it should look like this.  Repeat these steps for your green square and rectangle piecing and we'll be set to continue tomorrow!  See you then!



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