Softly Falling Snowflakes Quilt & Table Runner
- Fabric: 2-1/8 yds. medium blue print, 1-3/4 yds. light blue print
- Wool felt or white cotton fabric (for appliqué), 3/4 yds.
- Backing fabric: 56" square (lap quilt), 24"x42" (runner)
- Batting: 56" square (lap quilt), 24"x42" (runner)
- Binding: 3/4 yd. medium blue print (or 6 yds. for lap quilt and 3-1/2 yds. for runner of purchased binding)
- Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
- The Warm Co. Steam-A-Seam Fusible Webbing, 1 pkg.
scissors, sewing machine, black marker, iron and pressing cloth
- 1. When instructed to cut strip across WOF (width of fabric), cut strip from selvage to selvage (42"-44"). All seam allowances are 1/4".
- 1. Cut two strips medium-print fabric and two strips light-print fabric measuring 6-1/2"xWOF. Cut strips at 6-1/2" intervals creating seven medium-print squares and eight light-print squares. (Note: Use excess strip for another project.)
- 2. Sew squares together in checkerboard pattern as shown in Table Runner Layout Diagram. Begin by sewing three horitzontal strips of five squares each then sew strips together forming top. Press all seams toward darker fabric. (Note: This will make matching seams easier because they can butt up next to each other.)
- 3. For borders, cut one strip of medium-print fabric measuring 4-1/2"xWOF. Cut two 18-1/2" lengths from strip. Sew one strip to each short end of table runner. Cut two strips of medium-print fabric measuring 1-1/2"xWOF. Trim strips to measure 38-1/2" long. Sew one strip onto each long side of runner. Press all border seams away from center.
- 1. Cut three strips of medium-print fabric and four strips of light-print fabric measuring 9-1/2"xWOF. Cut strips at 9-1/2" intervals creating 12 medium-print squares and 13 light-print squares. (Note: Use excess strip for another project.)
- 2. Sew squares together following directions for table runner and referring to Quilt Layout Diagram.
- 3. For borders, cut six strips of medium-print fabric measuring 3-1/2"xWOF. Sew strips together on short ends. Press seams to one side. From this long strip, cut two 3-1/2"x51-1/2" and two 3-1/2"x45-1/2" strips. Sew shorter strips to opposite sides of quilt top; press seams away from center. Sew longer strips to remaining sides of quilt top; press seams away from center.
Appliqué for runner or quilt
- 1. If using wool felt, hand wash felt pieces in very warm water; squeeze out excess water. Tumble dry until just dry. (Note: This will shrink felt and give it softer feel.) If using cotton fabric, prewash to remove sizing; dry and press.
- 2. Print out patterns. Trace snowflake patterns (circles, open diamonds, and little diamonds) onto cardstock scrap for patterns. (Note: There are two sizes: large and small; take care to use correct pieces.) Cut patterns from cardstock. Trace around templates on paper side of fusible adhesive leaving 1/4" space between pieces. For lap quilt, trace patterns for three large and three small snowflakes; for runner, trace patterns for four small snowflakes. Following manufacturer's directions, fuse adhesive onto one side of felt (or wrong side of fabric). Cut out snowflakes on traced lines.
- 3. Remove paper backing from snowflakes. Position snowflakes as shown on layout diagrams. When satisfied with layout, adhere snowflakes onto runner or quilt.
- 4. Permanently adhere snowflakes using straight stitch (for felt) or satin stitch (for fabric) around edges.
- 1. Layer backing (wrong side up), batting, and runner or quilt top (right side up) on work surface. Pin or baste. Quilt as desired. (Note: Sample is quilted with freehand swirls to imitate snowflakes in wind. Straight stitch is used around edges of snowflakes.)
- 2. Apply binding and quilt label when finished. To make matching binding, cut six 2"xWOF strips (lap quilt) and/or three 2"xWOF strips (quilt) from medium-print binding fabric. Sew strips together on short edges creating long strips. Match raw edges and press strips with wrong sides together. Match raw edge of binding to raw edge of quilt; sew mitering binding at corners. Turn folded edge of binding to back of quilt. Hand or machine sew to secure.
- 1. Although any fusible web/adhesive could be used, Steam-A-Seam is adhesive, but also repositionable, which helps when working with small appliqué pieces.