1 Sophie charm pack
4 fat (or skinny, as long as they’re at least 10” wide) quarters
¼ yd/meter for binding(Useful: spray starch, my best friend)Assembly: Use a ¼” seam allowance throughout.
We’ll be cutting each charm square twice. They’re easy, straight cuts and if your rotary blade is sharp enough, you can stack them in order to cut them more quickly. Don’t stack more than about 4 though.
Cut a 2” strip off each square:
Turn and cut again at the 2” mark:
Continue to cut until you’ve cut them all. (Note: You’ll have 8 blocks leftover if you cut and sew all of the charms. I cut all of mine so I had plenty of choice, but you can choose to cut only the 36 that actually get used in the runner.)
From your fat or skinny quarters:
Colour A: 10} 5” squares
Colour B: 8} 5” squares
Colour C: 10} 5” squares
Colour D: 8} 5” squares
Everything’s all cut out!
To assemble the charm pack blocks:
Mix all your pieces up in a way that pleases your eye. You want to get a good distribution of colours and patterns all over the table runner top.
Sew your 2” squares to half of the 3” x 2” rectangles as pictured below.
Sew the other half of your 3” x 2” rectangles to the 3” x 3” squares, as shown below:
Then join them together as shown below.
(Tip: Starch before you sew them, and be prepared to trim the edges just a teeny bit so they’re close to square. That’ll help the seams meet up properly when you sew them together. I also starched after trimming. I’m sure I’ve mentioned my love for spray starch. Take your piecing from zero to hero in just one step!)
Kinda like Disappearing 9 Patch, right?
That’s it! You’ll need 36 of these to lay out in a 4 x 9 arrangement:
For the back:
The back is composed of Half Square Triangles (HSTs).
To make 2 HST blocks, you need 2 squares of equal size. Our squares are 5” square:
Now, you’ll need to pair the colours up so you can make your zig zags. Pair them up like this:
|Colour A||Colour B||Colour C||Colour D|
|Colour B||4 squares each|
|Colour C||2 squares each||4 squares each|
|Colour D||4 squares each||4 squares each|
As in, take 4 squares of Colour A and pair them up with 4 squares of Colour B. Sew them together as described below:
Place your 2 squares RST (right sides together) and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other as shown. You’ll be sewing ¼” away from that centre line on both sides of it. (Handy tip: Go ahead and draw your ¼” lines on either side of that diagonal one. Then you can just follow your lines when you sew and they end up perfect!)
Once you’ve sewn on either side of your diagonal line, you can take your scissors or rotary cutter and cut down the diagonal line you drew earlier. You now are the proud owner of 2 HST blocks! Now you just need to follow the rest of the table and sew the rest together!
Open your blocks, and press seams open or to the side or whatever you prefer. Then take a square ruler and trim them to perfection.
Be very careful when you’re trimming that you don’t trim too much away! There won’t be lots to trim, but even just making the sides a bit straighter will go a long way toward perfection.
Now I’ll show you how I sew mine together:
Here are some of the HST (Half Square Triangle) blocks laid out in the order I want to sew them in. NOTE: These have been trimmed to precisely 4.5” square and have been starched like crazy.
I very carefully sew them together in rows of 3.
Then I line the rows up and carefully pin on either side of each seam. I sew very carefully, making sure I get through all the layers with an exact ¼” seam allowance at the places where the seams meet. That helps the points to come out perfectly.
Then I sew those larger blocks together using the same technique. Once I get a few pieces made, I sew them all together to make my final zig zag masterpiece.
Now all you have to do is baste, quilt and bind!
I really hope you can use this tutorial, and I’d be thrilled if you posted pics in my Flickr group too!
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