Welcome back, it's time for part three of our Patchwork Flowers Table Runner Hoop Along - assembling the runner. Do you have all your patchwork in-the-hoop blocks stitched? If not click here to go to part two of the hoop along to catch up.
Alright, the next step is to arrange all your lovely stitched blocks into three large nine-patch blocks. Before my final arrangement I had a bit of fun playing with the placement of the blocks and optional plain center blocks. Have a look.
I arranged all three of my large nine-patch blocks in the same pattern, but you can use three separate arrangements if you like. Once you are happy with the arrangement, you are ready to stitch.
Pin the first two blocks in each row together, with right sides facing and stitch.
While we always try our best to trim the blocks as even as possible, occasionally one block ends up larger than another. In this case be sure that you stitch with the longer side on the bottom (against the feed teeth). Fabrics against the feed teeth tend to be eased in slightly, while fabrics on top are stretched slightly. The result is usually an even seam.
Press the stitched blocks. First press flat to set the seam, and then press the seam open.
Normally we press the seam to one side. This gives the quilt more strength. In this case though, there are a couple of points that are fairly thick because of extra layers of fabric. Pressing the seams open makes the quilt less bulky.
Reposition the stitched blocks. Then, pin the last block in each row to the two block strips, with right sides facing. Stitch together and press as before.
Stitch the rows together and press as before. Stitch the remaining two large nine-patch blocks in the same way.
Measure the width of the blocks. Cut two sashing strips this length. Stitch the sashing strips in between the three nine-patch blocks. Press the seams towards the sashing strips. Sorry I don't have a picture here. I got so excited about finishing my runner, I went right to the borders before I took a picture.
So now that you have the three blocks together with the sashing strips in between, measure the length of the runner. Cut two border strips this length. You may need to stitch a couple of strips together depending on the length of the runner and the width of your fabric. Stitch the border strips onto the sides of the runner. Press the seams towards the border strips. Yay, pic here.
Repeat with the measuring, cutting, stitching and pressing the border strips for the ends of the runner. Ta da! All stitched.
There are only a couple of steps before we can quilt. Lay the backing, wrong side up on your cutting table. I cut the backing and batting 4" wider and longer than my table runner top to make sure I have enough room on all sides for hooping. Lay the batting onto the backing and smooth out, making sure they edges are all even. Finally center the table runner onto the batting, right side up.
You can pin the three layers to hold if you like, but for smaller projects like this, I like to use temporary adhesive spray. So now that your runner, batting and backing are all layered correctly, fold the right end of the runner and batting over halfway. Spray the batting with the temporary adhesive spray. Reposition onto the backing; smooth out. Spray the top of the batting with the temporary adhesive spray. Reposition the runner onto the batting; smooth out. Repeat with the other half of the three layers. For added security I use safety pins in the borders and sashing. This leaves the blocks free of pins, for easy quilting.
Next week we will quilt and bind the table runner. Oh, if you have a 14.2”x 7.9” (360x200mm) hoop, or larger, let me know. I will send you combined designs, that is if you have already purchased the Patchwork Flower Table Runner.