How was everyone's Easter? Mine was filled with a lot of fun in the sun and family time! This week I've been working with Morning Walk fabrics designed by Leah Duncan. If you haven't checked out the look book yet click here to find more projects and tutorials featuring Morning Walk fabrics. Today I want to share a table runner called Meandering Mirage! The table runner is made out of half rectangle triangles that form a zigzag design which I thought would be a perfect way to show off the fabric prints in this collection. I loved playing with the sunny yellow, peachy oranges and deep lake blue colors in the Morning Walk collection, the colors are very warm and welcoming. Hope you have fun sewing with this collection! Here is what you will need to get started!
Fabric A - MWK-2116 - 1/8 yd.
Fabric B - MWK-2112 - 1/4 yd
Fabric C - MWK-2115- 1/4 yd.
Fabric D - MWK-1120 - 1/4 yd.
Binding - MWK-2114 - 122” long - (3 strips of width of fabric) - 1/6 yd.
Backing- MWK-2120- 2/3 yd.
Four (4) 3 7/8” x 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric A
Twelve (12) 3 7/8“ x 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric B
Eight (8) 3 7/8” 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric C
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” strip from Fabric D
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 40 1/2” strips from Fabric D
Take eight 3 7/8 x 6 7/8 rectangles from Fabric B and C. Lay one rectangle from Fabric B on top of the rectangle from fabric C with both right sides of fabric facing up. Repeat this step with the remaining 6 rectangles from Fabric B and C. You will now have eight stacks of rectangles. Cut four stacks diagonally from the bottom left corner to the right top corner. (Diagram 1.1) Cut the other four stacks diagonally from the bottom right corner to the left top corner. (Diagram 1.2)
Arrange and sew eight of your triangles following Diagram 2.1 and the other eight triangles follow Diagram 2.2. Press seams open and trim dog ears.
Now take two 3 7/8” x 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric A and B. Just like Diagram 1 you are going to stack one rectangle from Fabric A on top of Fabric B with both right sides of the fabric facing up. Repeat this step with the remaining two rectangles. Cut one stack of rectangles following Diagram 1.1 and the other stack following Diagram 1.2. Sew triangles together following the same process that we used in Diagram 3.1 and 3.2. You will need two blocks that look like Diagram 4.
Sew blocks you created in Diagram 1-4 together following Diagram 5.1 and 5.2. Repeat steps in Diagram 1-5.2 one more time to get the other half of your table runner! Sew these two pieces together following the table runner illustration as a guide.
To sew the border take both 2 1/2” x 40 1/2” strips from Fabric D and sew to each side of your table runner. Next take both 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” strips from Fabric D and sew to the bottom and the top of your table runner! Now you are ready to quilt and bind!
Sew right sides together.
Place BACKING FABRIC on a large surface wrong side up. Stretch it with masking tape against that surface.Place BATTING on top of backing fabric.Place TOP on top of the batting with right side facing up. Smooth away wrinkles using your hands.Pin all layers together and baste with basting thread, using long stitches. You can also use safety pins to join the layers. Machine or hand quilt starting at the center and working towards the corners. Remember that quilting motives are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finished, trim excess of any fabric or batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.
Sew right sides together.
Cut enough strips 1½" wide by the width of Fabric MWK-2114 to make a final strip 122" long. Start sewing the binding strip in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt, placing the strip right side down and leaving an approximated 5" tail. Sew with ¼" seam allowance (using straight stitch), aligning the strip’s raw edge with the quilt top’s raw edge.Stop stitching ¼" before the edge of the quilt (DIAGRAM B 1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45° and upward, pressing with your fingers (DIAGRAM B2). Hold this fold with your finger, bring the strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the top edge of the quilt (DIAGRAM B3). Start sewing at ¼" of the border, stitching all the layers. Do the same in the four corners of the quilt. Stop stitching before you reach the last 5 or 6 inches. Cut the threads and remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot.Lay the loose ends of the binding flat along the quilt edge, folding the ends back on themselves where they meet. Press them together to form a crease. Using this crease as the stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding with right sides together (you can help yourself marking with a pencil if the crease is difficult to see). Trim seam to ¼" and press open. Complete the sewing. Turn binding to back of the quilt, turn raw edge inside and stitch by hand using blind stitch.
Hope everyone has a great week sewing and working with our new fabric collection! Like always stay tuned for more fun projects featuring Art Gallery Fabrics!