Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Sewing - Quilted Pinwheel Table Runner

I've been wanting to make something using pinwheel quilt blocks and finally figured out what I wanted - a table runner for fall!  

*fat quarters of fall themed fabric in two different colorways (I used a leaf pattern with a black background and a tan background)
*fat quarter of a coordinating plain fabric, I used cream - Fabric A
*1yard each of two coordinating plain fabrics, I used rust (Fabric B) and brown (Fabric C).  If you buy bias tape instead of making it, you'll only need a fat quarter of Fabric C.
*fusible felt or quilt batting

Cut the following:
2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles - 12 from each of the fall fabric colorways and 24 from fabric A
1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares - 24 from fabric A and 26 fabric B
9 x 2 1/2 inch rectangles - 7 from fabric C

1.  See this tutorial on making flying geese (steps 2 and 3).  Using one of the colorways of the fall fabric and fabrics A and B, make 4 flying geese.  Use a 1/4 inch seam throughout and press each seam to one side after you sew it.

2.  Sew a rectangle of fabric A onto the top of each of the flying geese blocks you just made.

3.  Sew together as shown below.

4.  Sew those two together as shown below to make one pinwheel block. 

5.  Sew one fabric C rectangle to the left side of the block.  Repeat with the rest of that colorway to make 3 blocks.  Repeat with the other colorway, without adding a fabric C rectangle.

6.  Sew together as shown below.  Repeat until you have three colorway blocks.

7.  Sew together 2 fabric C rectangles and 1 fabric B square as shown below to make a dividing strip.

8.  Sew this dividing strip to the bottom of one of the colorway blocks.

9.  Matching seams ...

10.  ... sew to another colorway block.

11.  Add another dividing strip and then the final colorway block.

12.  Cut one piece of fusible felt (or quilt batting) and one piece of fabric B a little larger than your pinwheel top (should be about 20 x 30 inches).  Layer the felt in between the top and fabric B, iron to attach fusible felt, and pin to hold in place.

13.  Quilt by stitching in the ditch over each seam.  See this tutorial for an explanation of this technique (step 10).

15.  Add bias tape - I made mine from fabric C.  (See this past post for how to make and add bias tape)

Happy Creating!  Deborah

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