Tweet, tweet, tweet! The Love Birds are coming!
Hello everyone, my name is Diana Ray and I am the quilter and writer at Ray's Sew Crafty. I am very excited to show you my project today; I made a 22'' x 36'' Love Bird table runner with some hand embroidery. I used AccuQuilt's GO! Qube 6'' set, a few fat quarters and some Wonderfil floss to make this with my mom. A bit about the Qube set: "It is a set of 8 geometric dies that make cutting quilt blocks easy, and they are available in 4 different sizes! And when you combine shapes, you can make 72 block designs!"
It was fun for me to teach my mom how to sew Y-seams on these Zero blocks! It really isn't as hard as many people assume, although it does take a little patience my mom adds.
Have you tried sewing Y-seams?
My first experience with Y-seams resulted in a beautiful quilt that I made using AccuQuilt's Go! Double Wedding Ring set dies, you can read about that project on my blog here.
I first played around with an improvised block pattern on my EQ7 software to figure out what colors I wanted to go where and then I collected my fabrics. I picked some fat quarters from Lecien Fabrics new line called "Radiant Girl" and my mom picked the cute Love Birds embroidery designs.
Here is what you will need:
-Aunt Martha's #3971 Love Birds Iron-On (or any other pattern that you prefer with designs no bigger than 6'')
-1 ball of red Wonderfil #8 Perle Cotton Floss
-2 FQ's of red and 2 FQ's of pink
-1/2 yard of white for background and sashing
-1/2 yard of red for outer border
For this table runner, I made 4 "Zero Pattern" blocks and cut out 4 7-1/2" white squares to add embroidery to. To cut out the blocks for the runner, I used the following dies from my Qube set: 2, 5, 6, and 7. The Qube set comes with many block patterns as well as instructions and tips on how to efficiently use the Qube Set.
My mom is becoming quite the expert using the Qube set and making so many different blocks out of these 8 dies.
I chose to use one fat quarter/ print per block but you can add a variety of colors to your block and have a scrappy look.
Per fat quarter/print/block, I cut four #2 pieces and eight #7 pieces. For my white background per block, I cut one #6 center and four #5 corners.
As I mentioned earlier, this block has Y-seams; I found it very helpful using this 1/4" squared stick to measure my 1/4" instead of a 1" x 6" ruler.
Following the directions on the block pattern card, I start sewing 1/4" from the top of my fabric edge and stopped sewing a 1/4" from the bottom. Using my GO! Pick really helped me keep my pieces and corners aligned, it works just like a stiletto!
It takes some time adjusting to the start and stop sewing on these pieces but with patience, you end up with a cute table runner that you can say you sewed Y-seams on! How many people can say that? :P
After cutting and sewing the blocks, we set those aside and work on my mom's favorite part.
Her grandmother taught her how to hand embroider when she was a little girl and now she is teaching me!
My mom picked these Love Birds embroidery designs and I just think they're adorable! They are perfect for this runner and just in time for Valentine's Day!
You can use any other embroidery design as long as the designs themselves fit in a 6'' square.
For the embroidered blocks, we cut four 7-1/2'' squares of white fabric, grabbed a 6'' hoop, a spool of Wonderfil #8 floss and a wide-eye needle. First, we picked the four designs we wanted to use and then carefully cut out the designs from the sheet of designs.
MOST Iron-On designs can be ironed on and washed off but not all of them. Make sure that you read the patterns instructions and packaging information BEFORE using any iron-on designs!
In order to use the 6" embroidery hoop, we cut our fabric squares at 7-1/2'' and then squared them up to 6-1/2" after embroidering them. For this reason, it is very important that the image be centered on your fabric square. I lightly ironed my squares in half lengthwise and then again width wise. After finding my center, I iron on my designs following the package instructions.
My mom has used several different brands of floss but her favorite now is Wonderfil's #8 Perle Cotton floss in red. We used this floss to embroider the images onto the fabric squares, its 2-ply width was perfect! Wonderfil has several different weights of floss available for any project.
My mom said that the smaller the stitch length, the more "crisp" the finished look will be. As I learned to embroider on my block, I noticed that my stitches were so long compared to my moms short, tight stitches! hahaha Can you tell which stitches I made?
We spent the afternoon embroidering together, talking about her own childhood and stitching with her grandmother. Gosh, I am so grateful for this opportunity to sew and learn from my mom and teach her about what I am so passionate about.
Isn't it neat how crafting can strengthen a bond between family and friends? Who do you sew with?
After we finished embroidering the blocks, we ironed them and squared them up to match the size of my Zero Blocks 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".
Now we are ready to sew our top together! For the white sashing, cut 5 strips at 2'' wide (selvage to selvage) then sub-cut 2 of those strips into 12 strips at 2'' x 6-1/2''. Working from the top to the bottom of this table runner, we composed our rows by adding the vertical strips first followed by the horizontal strips.
For the red outer border, cut 3 strips at 3'' wide (selvage to selvage) and sew around the center piece of the table runner. I like to press my seams to the sashing and borders, press the seams however you prefer.
And that's it! I love to use the "stitch and turn" method with table runners or small projects and not fuss with binding. Simply stack the layers in the following order: batting on the bottom, backing facing up and the table runner top facing down. Pin the center, corners and edges, stitch around the entire runner leaving a 4''-6'' opening to turn afterwards. After turning, hand-stitch the opening closed and quilt as desired!
I enjoyed sharing this project and experience with you, I hope you enjoyed following along!
I would love to see what you are making with your AccuQuilt Go! Qube set dies; You can find me over at my blog Ray's Sew Crafty, as well as on Instagram @RaysSewCrafty. Feel free to reach out and ask any questions or share your projects with me! I love seeing what quilters are working on! :)
Until next time,