Bumblebee Tilda Fabric – Table runner tutorial
Follow the tutorial here
What you will need:
• Tilda bumblebee Fat quarter bundle from poppies & polka dots
• 1 metre of Kona cotton solids – snow white from poppies & polka dots http://www.poppiesandpolkadots.co.uk/product/kona-cotton-solids-snow/
• Wadding measuring 48”x12”
• 1” paper hexies x 42
• Paper for creating your own petal template
• Sewing machine, cutting mat, rotary cutter, pins, needles, quality threads, glue pen, scissors, erasable marker pen.
• Small piece of light fusible interfacing, measuring 10”x10”
• 505 basting spray
Preparing your fabric…
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Take these four fat quarters from your bundle and cut out 10 hexies from each of the green, pink and cream fabrics using your EPP 1” hexagon template and cut 12 of the blue. Leaving a ¼” seam allowance all the way round. Using your glue pen, fold the fabric making sure you get crisp corners and edges all the way round
• From the kona snow white fabric, cut a piece 44”x8” for the table runner main piece.
• Cut the Wadding to 38”x11” (trim of excess later to measure 37”x10”)
• 5 pieces of backing fabric measuring 8.5”x11” (see diagram below)
Preparing your flowers…
Create your petal, use graph paper to get it symmetrical (mine are about 1.5” in length and 1” diameter. Fuse your interfacing to the reverse of the fabric and then cut petals to correct size and shape. You need 5 petals from each fabric design, I loved the bumblebees so much, I fussy cut these for my petals
• Using your glue pen, fix your petals in place on the white fabric.
• Using a white thread. Blanket stitch round each petal, see photo for below for the finished result on the front and the reverse of the white fabric.
• Using your erasible marker pen, draw your spiral pattern on the top of the white fabric
Joining up your hexies up
To achieve this without stitches showing on the front, put your individual hexies right sides together and use a ladder stitch, pulling your stitches tight as you go, and create a chain of 21 hexies for each long edge of your table runner
Top stitch your hexies and then remove the papers…
Preparing the back of the table runner
Sew your fabric in the order shown above, using the ¼”seam allowance, right side together, then press seams
Baste your top and bottom fabric to the wadding to create a quilt sandwich, I use 505 spray.
Free motion quilting
• Drop your feed dog and attach the quilting foot to your machine, you can choose any shade of thread ,I chose a bright king tut turquoise thread – shade 927, to show you the design, but I would usually choose a pale colour to keep the delicate feel.
• Create mitred corners, by trimming the excess wadding and folding your backing fabric over twice, to seal your raw edges, and pin in place.
Pin or baste your hexies in place, then sew your two short binding egdes with a small whip stitch, and secure the corners with small stitches.
Sew each point of your hexies in place, with a small stitch sewn from underneath the edge of the fabric, so no stitches can be seen
Bring out the tea and warm scones, for the perfect afternoon tea
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