Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Parade of Stars Table Runner: a Tutorial and Pre-Cut Kit !

We just completed this festive Parade of Stars table runner, which is perfect for patriotic holidays !  We love the combination of stars, fireworks, and flags.  At 16 x 46", it's perfect for a wall hanging or table runner.

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Parade of Stars Table Runner 16” x 46”

INSTRUCTIONS: The quilt center consists of squares in a 4 x 16 grid, using 64 squares.

1/4 yd EACH of red, white, and blue fabrics for patchwork squares.
1/4 yd  medium to large size print fabric for borders
1 piece of fabric size 21" x 54" cut lengthwise for backing
5 strips of binding fabric size 2.5 " x 40 " cut on the crosswise grain of fabric. 

CUTTING:  [instructions for quilt center, borders, and backing]
Cut 22 red squares size 2.5" x 2.5"
Cut  21 white squares size 2.5" x 2.5 "
Cut  21 blue squares size  2.5" x 2.5"
Cut top and bottom borders size 3.5" x 43" ( You will be trimming off excess at the ends)
Cut side borders size 3.5" x 20" ( You will be trimming off excess at the ends)
Cut the backing lengthwise, in one long piece, size 21" x 54". That way, you will have some excess backing fabric on the sides, in case you wish to long-arm quilt this project.

LAYOUT: Arrange the 64 squares in a grid, as shown in the diagram below.
Note that on the layout diagram, the columns are labelled 1 through 16 and the rows are labelled A, B, C, and D.

Step 1. Assemble the patches by sewing the squares together in sets. Start at the left-hand side of the diagram.  For example, sew A1,  A2 and; A3; then sew B1, B2, and B3. Our photos below show how we started sewing our sets.

Assemble a six-patch block by sewing these A and B strips together. Our photo below shows how we sewed Row A  1-3 to Row B 1-3

Continue in this fashion for the remaining blocks. (Column 16 can be assembled in sets of two patches).

Step 2.  Join the sets to make the quilt center.

Step 3. Add the borders.  There are two short and two longer strips for the border. Sew the longer strips to the top and bottom of the quilt center. Then sew the short border strips to the sides of the quilt.

Step 4.  Finish the quilt: Add the backing and your choice of batting. Bind the quilt.

It's easy to stitch up this project in a day!  The Parade of Stars table runner kit - available on demand at our shop on eBay - contains pre-cut squares, border strips, and backing, along with binding strips.  We have this completely pre-cut  kit with complete easy-to-read instructions available for purchase at $19.99 plus shipping.
Here's what our kit looks like, with all the fabric pre-cut, so all you have to do is sew:

Image credits:  Photos and design by Quilt Inspiration.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Celebrating Canada

We spotted this beautiful stained glass quilt within a special exhibit at the 2020 Road to California quilt show, and wanted to show it today, as Canada Day (Fête du Canada) is coming up soon.

Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, the effective date of the Constitution Act, 1867, which united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.

True North - Strong and Free by Rita Kovatch (Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada)

This striking quilt depicts a polar bear fishing on an ice pack.  The scene is backed by the Canadian flag. Designer and quilter Rita Kovatch says,  "As a proud Canadian, I wanted to represent the Canadian Flag and I chose to showcase that in the background by using my version of the stained glass and reverse applique technique." The bright red maple leaf stands out brilliantly against the sky blue background fabric.

As you can see from the closeup photo above, the polar bear is going after a fish that is leaping out of the water! The entire piece is machine stitched and quilted using a tiny zigzag stitch."

Rita says she was inspired to make True North - Strong and Free after seeing a quilt titled "Catch-A-Hold This One" by quilter Corey Ralph (you can see a photo of that quilt at Amanda Jane Textiles.)  Seeing that quilt inspired Rita to make her quilt based on the theme of fishing in the north.

Image credits:  The photo was taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California quilt show.
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