Hi, my name is Diana and I am an enthusiastic quilter, cat lover and housewife. I am the writer behind Ray's Sew Crafty. :) With Christmas around the corner, I am so glad that AccuQuilt has adorable dies to get a head start on my Christmas list! Now, if you are like me, you have all of the intentions in the world to make everyone on your Christmas list their own quilt and lots of handmade goodies. But when Christmas comes around, I'm scrambling to check things off on my Christmas list.
But this year will be different! AccuQuilt has come to my rescue!
When I began to work for Eleanor Burns/Quilt in a Day, I was introduced to AccuQuilt and their dies and I fell in love with them! They're so easy to use!
I will be showing you how I made this super easy, and scrappy, Christmas Table runner (21"x 50") using Eleanor's new GO! Sampler book, GO! Circle 2", 3", 5", GO! Holiday Accessories , and GO! Sleigh & Snowflakes dies.
It's a simple quilted table runner with three blocks that you can decorate in endless ways with these fun dies! I decided to make a mix of three scenes. Enjoy!
Fabrics you will need:
-scraps for appliqué
-1/2 yards of baby blue background
-1/2 yard of white for blocks and border
-1-1/2 yards for backing
-batting 30" X 60
I absolutely love Island Batik's fabrics, especially their Christmas fabrics! I used a "Ginger Snap" layer cake mixed in with some yardage of other Island Batik fabrics.
Here is what you need to cut:
- From the white:
(3) 9-1/2" squares
(3) 2" strips for inner border
- From the baby blue:
One 8" square
One 14" square
(4) 3-1/2" strips for outer border
2-1/2" X 9-1/2" strip for bottom border
2-1/2" X 12-1/2" strip for bottom border
- From Scraps: cut pieces coordinating to your scenes.
I used paper back fusible for my appliqué pieces. I measured each image and rough cut a fabric piece to fuse and cut. I added a quarter of an inch to each image to ensure I don't waste any fabric.
These dies have so many cute designs; the possibilities of scenes are endless! My next runner is going to have a whole family of snowmen! :)
To fuse down my scenes, I pressed my blocks in half and then in half again. I peel the paper back from the fusible and then fuse down my pieces. Now it's time to stitch them down! I do a simple appliqué stitch that's already a preset in my Babylock machine.
Once my blocks were fused and stitched down, I prepped my side and corner triangles to finish my runner. The 14" square is cut in half diagonally into quarters and the 8" square is cut diagonally in half for the top of the runner.
Following Eleanor's pattern in the book, the rows are sewn one at a time, starting with the sides and then connecting the top to the rows. This runner has two borders: a white inner border that is 1-1-2"(finished) wide and an outer blue border that is 3"(finished) wide.
When your snow people are all fused and stitched down, I personalized them and added little French knots for eyes and a smile. :) You can cut out more snowflakes and appliqué them around the border to add more snow to your runner. I will be doing a simple sew-and-urn method to finish this runner. No binding needed: easy! :)
This runner came together super easy! It wouldn't be possible without AccuQuilt's dies! Really! Think of all the time it would have taken me to trace and cut these appliqué images... With AccuQuilt, all it takes is a few minutes to fuse my fabrics and 30 seconds to crank them through my cutter.
"It truly is the "next best thing after sliced bread!"
I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial on this Christmas runner. I am off to make a few more Christmas projects to check off my Christmas list! Thank you AccuQuilt!
I will be blogging more over at Ray's Sew Crafty, so please stop by my blog and find some more fun tutorials and my quilting adventures. If you're on Instagram, you can find me @RaysSewCrafty. I love mingling with quilty friends and staying connected!