Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's a runner month and with Melissa it is all about the STAR Spangled table runner

Hello Fellow Sewing Enthusiasts!!!!!!  It's me, Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting!!!!!  I am so excited to be here at Sew We Quilt to share with you this festive Star Spangled Table Runner Tutorial.  And just because I am so excited, I decided to also share a GIVEAWAY with you!!!!  But we'll get to that at the end of the tutorial (Yup, gonna make you wait ;)  So let's get going with the tutorial.


Let me start out by saying that you can make this table runner any size you like.  Mine happens to be 8 1/2" x 50" because that is the size table it will be going on.  But the pattern is very basic so once you get an idea of how to do it, just alter it to fit the size you need.

So you  will need a red print, a white print, and a blue print.  I used a Fat Quarter of Red and White and a yard of Blue.  (I also used the blue print for my binding and backing :)


From your red and white fabric cut 6 strips each measuring 3" x 22"  (that will use up all of your fat quarter)


Lay your first strip (red one) on your cutting mat with right side up.  Now lay your second strip (white one) right side and place it so that the edge of the second strip overlaps the first strip by 1".   (A little different than normal right sides together, but you will get the hang of it :)  Now lay your ruler 1" up from the edge of the second strip.  This creates your cutting area.


With your rotary cutter, cut a wavy line through both strips in the 1" overlap.  The wavier you cut the more curvy, so if curves scare you just do a really gentle wavy line :)  The piece of the second strip (white one) closest to you becomes scrap and the piece of the first strip (red one) under the second strip becomes scrap as well.  Go ahead and remove them :)


Now, gently lay your first strip over onto your second strip so that now the right sides are together.  Don't bother trying to match the edge up because they won't :)  Just overlap the second strip edge (white one) 1/4" from the edge of the first strip (red strip).  This is where you will begin stitching and you will be stitching a 1/4" seam down the length of your two strips.

Now I don't pin when stitching curves.  Especially these improv curves.  The nice thing is that you will be trimming when you are done so you don't have to worry about being perfect.  This is a great project to practice your curve piecing.

So Start your 1/4" seam where you overlapped your 2 fabrics.  I like to stitch 2 stitches and then back-stitch.  (It isn't necessary but I pull on these pieces a little more so I like the extra security :)  Now if you have never done curved piecing (like me until very recently) there are a few things that knowing makes it a lot easier.  Only worry about lining up the inch or so before your presser foot.   Don't look at where your needle is sewing.  Just focus on the fabric right before it goes under the front of your foot. That is the only place you need to line up.  Once you get that down it is super speedy and super fun!!!


Line up an inch, then stitch an inch.  Then line up another inch, then stitch another inch.  If you can only get a 1/2 inch to line up (which is often the case at the top of the curves) then only line up a 1/2 inch.  And don't worry about the bubbles forming away from the seam, they work themselves out.


Creases that come close to your seam will often work themselves out as they go through the presser foot so don't stress about them much either.  Just remember, line up a little, stitch a little and keep going until you get to the end of your strip.  And remember this is a very forgiving project so have fun with it.  And trust me, by the end of it, you will feel way more confident about your curve piecing.  (Seriously, this is like my second or third project doing curves, and now I love them, can't wait to do more :)

Once you finish stitching the length of your strip go ahead and press your seam to the darker fabric.  And notice how my strips don't line up at the end.  No worries :)  That's why we trim :)


So now you are ready to repeat the process.  Add the third strip, overlap, cut, stitch :)  You get the idea :)

Keep adding strips until you have enough strips to equal double the height of your desired table runner.  (Mine was 11 strips but yours could very depending on how large you cut your curves :)  Go ahead and give your entire curved piece a good starching.  This will just get it nice and flat before we start cutting it up :)


Now, lay your piece onto your cutting mat and cut it into 4 pieces as follows.  I cut mine into 4 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles.  (This is where if you want it wider or shorter you can adjust accordingly :)

Now it is time to add in some blue.  Cut 5 strips that are the height of your pieced block (mine was 8 1/2") x 2 1/2".  And while I had my blue out I also cut three strips 2 1/2" X Width of Fabric to create my binding strip out of :)


Now go ahead and lay your pieces out as follows.  Sew the 2 rows together adding the strips to the blocks first and then the sewing the blocks together.  Once completed sew the second row to the end of the first row to create one long runner.
Like So :)  Don't you just love how it is all wavy!!!  But just wait, it is going to get even cuter :)


From your blue print, go ahead and cut out some stars and applique them to your runner like so.  You can print off stars from any Word program and I did mine in varying 1/2" sizes from 2 1/2" to 4".  If you have never done applique before please refer to Step 5 of this tutorial (one of my MBS ones) .  It will walk you through how to do it :)


Now you are ready to finish it up :)  Go ahead and make your quilt sandwich and then baste it.


Now it is ready to be quilted.  I did a mini stars and loop pattern in matching thread colors of the fabric.  It turned out so cute :)


And lastly, take those strips you cut previously and sew them into a binding strip and then bind your table runner.

And Ta Da!!!!  One super adorable Star Spangled Table Runner!!!!!  And you have plenty of time to get it put together before the 4th :)  (or to put it together for an American buddy :)


And how cute would it be to make individual blocks and bind them to make super cute place mats to match your table runner :)  I think those will be next on my list :)


So that's it :)  I so hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  It really is a super fun project that goes together quick and is very forgiving :)   And if you make one I would love for your to add it my Flickr Tutorial Group.  I just love seeing your take on my tutorials :)

Alright,  Onto the GIVEAWAY!!!!  I just love guest posting here because everyone always leaves such sweet comments and just makes my entire week.  So in return, here is hoping to brighten your day with a chance to win a Rose Ballard Fat Quarter Bundle of Pat Bravo's new Poetica line.  Leave me a comment here and  pop on over here to my blog for your chance to enter :) 


And a huge thanks goes out to Madam Samm for having me here today.  Honestly, this is one of my favorite places to guest blog.  You all are just so amazing, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!

86 comments:

  1. What a fun runner and great tutorial!!! TFS
    ~Terry~

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  2. a really good tute - like the way you explained the improve curves - will definitely try them out because I love the look. Just need some fabric to work with, hint hint

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  3. Was anticipating from your tease yesterday. Great tutorial on how to make the 'wave' and looks great with the r/w/b and stars.

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  4. Great runner for Independence Day!

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  5. What a nice runner...makes me want to try improv curves.

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  6. I love the runner, I've always sorta shyed away from curves but you made it look so easy. I will have to give it a try.

    Happy quilting!

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  7. What a great runner!
    Thanks for the help with the dreaded curves!

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  8. This is just so sweet. A wonderful runner and tutorial!

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  9. Cute table runner! I haven't tried curved piecing before--guess it's time to try it with this project! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Love the patriotic runner! Your tutorial is great. Thank you so much for your generosity! Have a blessed day!

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  11. Love the curves in this one, great tut! Thanks!

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  12. Great table runner idea. I always enjoy your blog!

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  13. Thanks Melissa, great ideas on sewing a curvy line! I'll have to give it a go sometime. Cute runner.

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  14. "Oh say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave".... what a wonderful runner! I LOVE it! And you make the curved piecing look SO easy! I'm REALLY going to make this one! Probably several - what great hostess gifts for the 4th of July! Thank you!!

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  15. Love it! Patriotic quilts are my favorite.

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  16. simply love it thanks for the tutorial..
    hugs
    Susan

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  17. Cute runner. Makes think of July. Thanks for the tutorial and the great giveaway.

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  18. Very cute! I love patriotic things. I was scared of curves but I may just have to try this.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Funtastic tutorial! These will be popping up on my daughter's and my tables. Thank you.

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  20. What a great patriotic table runner!! Fab job. I JUST learned the loops and stars fmq last weekend. how fun for this!

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  21. I think you've convinced me to give a whirl! Very clear tute Thank You

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  22. I'm going to give this one a try. Very Clear tutorial. I've been empowered and enthused! thank you

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  23. A number of years ago, I made a quilt for my son, using this curved piecing technique for the first time....it is quick and very forgiving to do just like you said. I used blacks and tans....it was stunning. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

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  24. What a great idea! I have not cut a wavy line before, but I really like the effect!

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  25. Great looking runner Melissa. Perfect for the 4th of July.

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  26. Awesome runner, Melissa! And I love the idea of making placemats to match! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

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  27. Great runner its soo All American!! Thanks for the tutorial =D

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  28. Melissa, I always love your quilts, but this one especially. There is a special place in my heart for the red, white & blue.

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  29. What a cute pattern, I'll have to make this up for my folks! Thanks.

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  30. Love this table runner! Thank you for the tute.
    Perfect project for a fundraiser we're doing for a family where a drunk driver ran into their house. Driver hit the father, hurt the dog and the flying glass from the sliding glass door hit the daughter and got in her eye. Driver was driving on a suspended license & it was his second DUI. I hope they throw the book at the driver and throw away the key.

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  31. Thanks for a nice tutorial, and the giveaway!

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  32. I love wavy designs, and a flag is a perforce motif. Thanks. kathie L in Allentown

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  33. Beautiful runner great project for the 4th of July.

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  34. Yes, curves scare me ;>) but I found this fascinating! Thanks for the tutorial. (marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  35. This would be really cute for the celebration we have at our campground - curves make me nervous though - Thanks for the great tut!

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  36. Delightful spirit you have! thanks for brining in your red, white and blue...and wavy too boot...waving back

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  37. a great runner! this would look very nice on my entry table for july! thanx for the tute!

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  38. This would be perfect for those patriotic holidays! Thank you!

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  39. A wonderful table runner, I will be making this for July.

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  40. The curves are outstanding! Looks like the runner is fluttering in the breeze! I have not tried curve cutting and stitching like this, but you have made it doable! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  41. I love the runner! I am going to try this! thank you for the know how! Janita

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  42. Love the wavy stripes...they don't look TOO hard to stitch! Very festive runner!

    MGM

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  43. Wow! I love the way the stripes are wavy. Will have to see what "star" fabric is in my stash. I can see this one in my future.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  44. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  45. What a cute runner. I have always beenafraid of curves, but I think I may try them now. Thanks also for the giveaway. I hope I'm not too late t enter.

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  46. You have given me the confidence and inspiration to tackle curves. Thanks a bunch for the great tutorial.

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  47. Hi Melissa I am so glad that you are doing this tutorial and here with Madame Samm. You always give a wonderful description of each step and lots of photos and I know for one that helps me allot...so "Thank You" I have been looking for a different R,W & Blue one to do and this is just the one. I will post a pic to you when it is finished. And thank you for a give-a-way..I would love to enter it...see you soon..proudspirit57@gmail.com

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  48. I always wondered about doing curves. You make it look easy enough that I might try it!
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  49. Love anything that "flies the flag". Great tute; I'll give it a try. Thank you!

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  50. I'm a sucker for red/white/blue stuff! Awesome tutorial, Melissa :)

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  51. Thanks Melissa for the tutorial. I really need to give curved seams a try. Thanks for making it looks easy.

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  52. GREAT tutorial and project! I hope I win the giveaway and thanks for the chance!

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  53. Great tutorial; I'll have to try some curvy piecing. It's been on my "Um, not yet" list for quite awhile now.

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  54. Love this! If I get busy and have it made, I can use it for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Thanks for the great tute!

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  55. I am a HUGE fan of RWB and this is just fantastic!! thank you for the great tute :)

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  56. Thanks so much for this super tutorial. This would look great on my entryway table.

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  57. Thanks for a great tutorial! You've inspired me to try some wavy piecing.

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  58. What a super runner! Love it! I've never cut and sewn with a wavy line but with your great tutorial I think I'd be able to do it. I really like the "waving" look. You did a great job and Thanks for sharing another awesome project with us.

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  59. Love the tablerunner! Can't wait to see the placemats :)

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  60. This might just be the project to get me going on curved piecing!
    Thanks, Karen

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  61. What a great way to try curved piecing! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  62. This is such a cute idea. This would be ideal for the 4th of July and is great timing for National Quilting Day that is coming up. Thank you for all your creative ideas and sharing so much for all of us.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  63. You make me want to have curves!! GREAT tutorial!!

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  64. This is a great tutorial. Makes me want to try my hand at curves now. Thank you

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  65. Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

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  66. oh melissa, curves are so daunting and yet you make them look easy! another star-spangled tutorial! hardee har har!

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  67. Very creative Melissa. Love those curves! Great tutorial. Inspirational.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  68. I"m loving all the ideas for runners this month! Great theme and so doable! I would so like to have runners to change with the seasons.

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  69. Good job on the curves. We'll have you sewing in 3D yet.

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  70. What a super, cute idea and great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing, Melissa :)

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  71. My son was born on the 4th of July in 1976. So I try to find cool patriotic stuff to give or make him. I love this table runner. the stripes are perfect.

    thanks for the tutorial.
    cathy

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  72. What a great tutorial. I am SO (SEW) going to make one for my daughter! Tahnk you!

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  73. Neat tutorial I can use!
    thanks for sharing!

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  74. What a darling project! I've not done too many curves before.... so this might be a safe place to start!

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  75. A great tutorial. Love those curves. Even though I'm Canadian, I could still make this runner. It would be very cute in spring colours.

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  76. Love this tutorial. Might actually TRY CURVES again, after a very bad start at that a few yrs ago. Thank you!

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  77. Great runner! Maybe if I get started now I'll have it ready by July 4th.

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  78. I just love this and cant wait to make one

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  79. Thanks for sharing this - can't wait to try it!

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