Olfa Spring Block Table Runner

Item # 222482638P751
Intermediate Varies

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • 18mm Rotary Circle Cutter
  • Pinking Blade & Ergonomic Rotary Cutter
  • 45mm Deluxe Rotary Cutter
  • 5" Applique Scissors
  • 24"x 36" Rotary Mat
  • 6"x 24" Ruler
  • 12 1/2" Ruler
  • 1/4yd Gold Tossed Leaves Batik (flower)
  • 1/4yd Light Blue Tonal Tatik (flower)
  • 1/2yd Green Floral Leaf Batik (borders & leaves)
  • 1yd Tossed Pineapples Batik (flower & backing)
  • 1yd Bead Flowers Cream Batik (background)
  • 3/8"x 21' Spool Offray® Ribbon, Kiwi
  • June Tailor® Fabric Gluestick Temporary Adhesive
  • Faultless® Spray Starch
  • Fusible Fleece (optional)
  • Cotton Thread: matching yellow, blue, green, purple

DIRECTIONS:


NOTE: The following directions will yield 4 finished 12 1/2" blocks. Three blocks will be used to create a 12"x 36" table runner. The 4th block can be framed as wall art or used to make a mini quilt. The directions for this block can also be used for a paper project.
  1. From the pineapple batik, cut a 5"x WOF strip for flowers. Then cut a 12 1/2"x 36 1/2" strip to use for backing. Set circle cutter to the 2" mark. Cut 16 circles from the 5"x WOF strip. These are PETALS.
  2. From the yellow and blue batiks cut 16 circles from each strip with circle cutter set to the 2" mark. These are PETALS.
  3. From the green batik, cut (4) 1 1/2"x WOF strips. For each strip: Use the 6"x 24" frosted ruler to cover 1" of the strip then use the pinking blade to cut 1/4" off each strip. Cut the pinked strips into (12) 1 1/4"x 12 1/2" strips. These are BORDERS.
  4. From the green batik, cut a 9"x WOF strip. Set circle cutter to the 1 1/2" mark. Cut 16 circles. These are LEAVES.
  5. From the cream batik, use 12 1/2" frosted ruler and a 45mm rotary cutter to cut a total of 4 squares for the BACKGROUND.
  6. From green ribbon, cut (12) 12 1/2" lengths.
MAKE THE PETALS and LEAVES:
  1. Move all the circles to your pressing table. Working with one circle at a time, fold the circle in half and press with a steamy iron.
  2. Working with the half circle, FOLD by matching the bottom right point to the left top of the raw arch about 3/4" from the left point. Press.
  3. Make a second fold in the same fashion by bringing the right toward the left. Press. The petal should look like a 3-piece fan. Each piece of this fan should be equal. Press the petal well with a steamy iron.
  4. Repeat this process for every circle. Keep finished petals organized by color.
BLOCK ASSEMBLY
  1. Attach 3 ribbons to a background square. Lay the background square on 24"x 36" rotary mat aligned with the mat's guide lines. Use the fabric glue stick to adhere a ribbon to the direct middle of the background square. Next, attach a ribbon about 2 3/4" to one side as well as to the other side of the middle ribbon. Sew these ribbons with matching thread. Keep the stitches very close to the ribbon's edge.
  2. Attach the borders. Use the fabric glue stick to adhere border strips to the top and bottom of the block. Sew 1/8" below the pinked edges. Then adhere the side borders. Sew 1/8" below the pinked edges. Finally, baste stitch around the entire square 1/8" from the raw edge.
  3. Attach the flowers and leaves. Place flower petals (12 per block, 4 petals per flower) and leaves (4 per block). Adjust the placement until you are happy with the look. Use the fabric glue stick to adhere the petals and leaves in place. Wait 5 minutes before sewing. Use matching thread colors. Sew all the way around and very close to the edge of each petal and each leaf. Sew slowly to keep the stitches neat and clean.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all 4 blocks.
  5. When the block is complete, turn it over and iron the backside flat.
CREATE A TABLE RUNNER
  1. Sew 3 finished blocks together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Iron seams open.
  2. Lay the 12 1/2"x 36 1/2" backing strip on top of the 3 block strip RST. Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance around all 4 sides, leaving a 3" turning hole open at one short end. Turn out, work the seams out with your finger or a turning tool, press then sew the turning hole closed.
QUILTED OPTION:
  • Fuse a 12"x 36" piece of fusible fleece to the backing fabric before sewing the block strip on.
EXTRA BLOCK OPTIONS:
  • Frame the 4th block as wall art to complement your table runner or finish it as a mini quilt with batting, backing and binding.

JOANN HACKS:

  • Spray starch and iron batiks before cutting will greatly improve accuracy and ease of cutting.
  • The directions for the 4th block can also be used for a paper project.

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