Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's a month of runners and LOOK at what Amanda Blossoms for us...

Hi everyone at Sew We Quilt! I'm delighted to be guest hosting this blog today. Thanks for asking me, Madame Samm!

I'll be showing you how to make this Blossoms Table Runner, which is loosely based on my quilt pattern of the same name...

The runner was originally designed to use two stack of 40 (10'') squares (or a layer cake). For the runner, which measures 18-1/2'' x 54-1/2'', we'll use just one stack - that will be enough to make two runners! I used lovely Ruby, by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I did all my piecing AND quilting with 50 wt. grey Aurifil cotton thread.
To make one Blossoms Runner you will need:
  • 19 (10'') squares of fabric
  • 1 fat quarter of fabric for your "Blossoms" (choose something that contrasts really well with the other fabrics)
  • 1/2 yard paper-backed fusible web (Steam-A-Seam-2 by the Warm Company)
  • 1/2 yard stabilizer (Sulky Tear-Easy)
  • 1/3 yard binding fabric
  • 1 (20'' x 56'') piece of backing fabric
  • 1 (20'' x 56'') piece of batting (Warm and Natural by the Warm Company)
  • heavyweight cotton thread for appliqué (I like 12, 28, or 30 weight) and a large topstitch needle that will accommodate it (Aurifil and Sulky make nice options)

Block Assembly
Select just one of your 10'' squares for the blossom centers. Set aside.

Select 12 of the remaining 10'' squares and pair them right sides together. Draw a diagonal line down the center on the wrong side of one of the fabrics and a 1/4” seam line on both sides of it as shown below. Stitch over the seam lines.

Cut on the center diagonal line and press seams OPEN to produce 2 units. Trim units down to 9-1/2” squares.

Repeat to make 12 blocks.
Select 6 additional 10'' squares. and cut into 4 (5”) squares. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the squares. Place two (5”) squares onto the corners of each of your (9-1/2”) blocks, as shown in below.

Sew on the diagonals. Trim seam allowances to 1/4''. Press triangles OPEN.

Repeat to complete remaining blocks. Arrange 12 blocks into 6 rows of two blocks each, as shown below.

Join blocks into rows. Join rows. Print out the Blossom Template twice and tape together the flower shapes along the dashed line. Trace solid lines of the flower shape on the template onto the smooth side of the paper-backed fusible web three times, aligning straight edges of the pattern with the straight edges of your fusible web. Cut out the central portion of the fusible web about 1/4” from the edge of the blossom shape and fuse to the wrong side of your blossom fabric. (This will leave your end product nice and soft.) Repeat procedure to trace and fuse Blossom centers.  Cut out both blossoms and blossom centers and fuse to the intersections of the table runner, using seam lines as guides, as shown in the Assembly Diagram below.

Back with stabilizer and buttonhole stitch around each blossom shape and each blossom center with heavyweight thread using a topstitch needle. Tear off stablizer.

Layer your runner on top of your batting and backing pin. Quilt as desired. I used my walking foot to stitch around the two central diamond shapes, as well as the triangle shapes on the side of the quilt, with grey thread. I then quilted 4 more lines within those shapes, each about 1/2'' apart.

Note that as I approached the final corder of each diamond I lowered my stitch length gradually, until I was basically stitching in place to lock the stitches.  Then, without cutting the thread, I raised my presser foot and moved to the first corner of the next diamond, gradully increasing stitch length as I stitched the first 1/2'' - 1'' of sewing. 

Once I was done quilting the diamonds I cut the short lengths of thread that connected them.

At this point the back of my quilts looked like this...

I switched to my darning foot and quilted around each blossom shape, about 1/8'' to from its edge. I then switched to white thread and quilted around the center of each flower. I printed out the template at 80% and cut it out. Then I centered and traced it onto each of the blossoms with a water soluble pen. I'm not sure I would do this again - my marks were REALLY difficult to get out of the white fabric. (Anyone out there with tips about this?)

I then did a filler leaf design on all the background areas that hadn't been quilted. For a great tutorial on leaf filler's, visit the January posting of Sew Cal Gal's Free Motion Quilt Along by Frances Moore. The back of my runner looked like this...

The next step to to cut 4 (2-1/4'') strips for the binding. (I used a lovely feather print from Flora, by Lauren and Jessi Jung for Moda, that I had leftover from the Easter Table Topper that I've been working on.) Assemble binding and sew it on to your quilt.

If you get a chance stop by my blog for a chance to win the extra Blossoms Table Runner Top that I made! The giveaway will start on Tuesday the 7th at midnight and end on Friday the 10th. 

Also, check out my Easter Table Topper that showcases some embroidery and lots of speciality stitches on my new Bernina 580e - but you can use any machine and stitch along. And if you enjoyed this pattern please consider asking your shop to order Blossoms, or other quilts, from my pattern line.

Thanks again to Madame Samm for hosting her great blog. Happy sewing!


  1. A cute runner Amanda. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Good Morning Amanda....wow, how lovely and springy is this...I think everyone is hopping over to your site for the chance to win...lovely to see....

  3. I use the pen Flexion (think it's called) that you can iron out of fabric. It works much better than the blue markings I think. All you can do is keep rinsing it out and use detergent over the areas too.

    1. I love the flexing pens! They are amazing the ony time I have had anything go wrong was I used them once on fabric that was still hit and it left a werid mark like a faded fabric mark. But after remembering to let the fabric cool I've beer had a problem.

  4. Lovely spring colors and a lovely design. Thanks for sharing the tut.

  5. REALLY cute runner! Adding the flower appliques makes such a difference! What a great Christmas runner - make the flowers poinsiettas (sp? lol)!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nice to see a pattern using layers cakes. Looks just wonderful with the applique flowers, just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  7. That is one beautiful table runner and one spanky tutorial...love the graphics. You have it all goin' on there girl.


  8. That is so lovely! :)
    Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

  9. This is SO gorgeous! WOW! What talent! ♥

  10. Amanda you have presented us with a lovely tutorial....love all of the ideas for the quilting - what a help for those of us who are just getting our feet wet with machine stitching our projects!

  11. Beautiful table runner Amanda. Of course, I love all of your quilts and this table runner is no exception. Wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much.

  12. Love this thanks for the tut. The quilting guide helps a lot and easy applique even a goof like me can attempt!

  13. Darling!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial.

  14. Beautiful! Excellent instructions and very helpful hints.

  15. Lovely table runner using one of my favorites...Ruby! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Amanda, your table runner is stunning! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous tutorial :)

  17. Wow! I love it! Great tut too! Thanks for sharing :-) will recommend to my LQS

  18. A wonderful runner, I now need to buy some more material to make one. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  19. this is so spectacular, I am so excited at the prospect of doing all these runners. So far this month this one is my fav, thank you so much

  20. I love the color combo and it looks so fresh and springy!! Like you though, I haven't come up with the perfect marking tool. I end up using a nice soft pencil #4 from the art dept. and it seems to come out every time. You might try it and see what you think.
    Gmama Jane

  21. Your tutorial is wonderful Amanda! The table runner is super sweet and looks like it's fun to make! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

  22. Great tutorial and would love this runner....will have to make it if I don't win! Great colors for spring.


  23. Wow Amanda this is wonderful thank you for all the wonderful tips and pics...

  24. -this pattern is really beautiful,
    Bente - Germany

  25. EAsy-peasy, Amanda, and a great stash-buster to boot! Sometimes all a room needs is one touch of spring color to usher in the feeling that blue skies are just around the corner--I'd say your runner fits the bill!

  26. I love the colors you used. Nice! Thanks.

  27. What a wonderful project! Thanks so much for sharing!

  28. Thanks for such clear directions. What a nice project!


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