How do I Make a Crazy Quilt Table Runner?

Produce a crazy quilt table runner by using foundation piecing techniques and your sewing machine. This technique covers a base fabric, or foundation fabric, with smaller pieces of fabric to produce the layout. Join your crazy blocks into the length you will need for your own runner; then insert a border. This job is a fantastic way to utilize the decorative embroidery stitches on your machine as well as a chance to use up fabric scraps and bits of ribbon and trim. Use cotton cloths and cotton if hot dishes may be set on the runner; synthetics can melt down.

Foundation Blocks

Measure and mark the muslin foundation fabric and then cut it to evenly sized squares, with one square each crazy block. Add a 1/4-inch seam allowance on all sides for connecting the blocks. A 12 1/2-inch square ends into your 12-inch block. Figure the size of the blocks in line with the width of the finished table runner, allowing to get a border strip of fabric on all sides. A border is optional, but it will help stabilize the mad blocks and makes a smooth edge on the speaker.

Pin the first scrap of fabric right-side-up anywhere on the foundation fabric.

Pin the following scrap of fabric wrong-side up over the first scrap with one edge of each scrap aligned so that you can sew a straight seam over both edges. Sew 1/4 inch from the aligned edges through both fabric scrap bits and the foundation fabric square utilizing standard thread and a universal machine needle, about size 12.

Trim only the seam allowances to your smooth 1/4-inch edge. Flip the top bit of fabric and smooth it open, flattening the flux line with your fingers. Press the flux line apartment.

Put another scrap of fabric wrong-side-up within an edge produced by the first 2 bits. Stitch a seam through all layers, trim; then press and flip. Continue in the sew-flip-press way until the entire item of foundation fabric is covered with crazy-pieced cloths. Make as many blocks as you want to accomplish the length you would like for the runner.

Assemble Runner

Trim any excess fabric overhang from the edges of the foundation squares. Each foundation square measurement ought to be the block size you planned.

Pin together the advantages of 2 crazy blocks, with the right-sides facing. Machine stitch a 1/4-inch seam to join the blocks. Pin another block to the finish, right-sides facing, and sew it in place. Continue until all the blocks are joined in a row.

Press the seams open or to one side in line with the depth and “lumpiness” of their crazy-pieced blocks.

Measure and trim cotton batting and the backing fabric the size of this row of blocks, allowing additional for the border areas. Cut the batting and backing fabric oversize and trim them later to the exact size.

Spread the insulation material face-down on the job table ; then layer the batting over it. Center the row of mad blocks over the batting layer using the right-side of the blocks facing upwards. Pin together all the layers along seams and edges. Alternatively, you may hand-baste the layers together.

Embellish and Complete

Select a decorative machine stitch. Insert the correct needle to the thread kind and stitch choice, and thread your sewing machine using decorative thread. Beginning in the middle of a middle crazy block, sew decorative stitches along each seam line in the crazy block, working from the center toward the edges. Vary the ornamental stitches and the thread color randomly, or utilize a single stitch like a feather stitch all seam lines. Embroider through all thicknesses. The embroidery stitches fasten the layers together and create a layout on the back of the speaker.

Measure and cut fabric strips to the border: 2 strips to fit the ends of the row, and 2 long strips the length of the row in addition to the finish borders. Pin an end border strip over the block at each end using the block edge and border edge even, right-sides facing.

Sew the border ends in position through all thicknesses using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. The extra batting and backing should go past the border seam. Flip the strip to ensure that the right-side faces upward, and press the seam flat. Apply the very long border strips in exactly the same way; flip open the strip seams, and then press.

Trim excess batting and backing fabric and square up the corners, if needed. To enclose the raw edges, pin double-fold quilt binding around the edges of the runner and sew it in place.

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