Hello everyone! This is Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. I’m here today to share with you my AccuQuilt guest blog post featuring my "Polar Express" table runner. This fun project utilizes the GO! Train die and can be used as a wall hanging or as a super cute table runner. Perfect for a topper on a little one's dresser!
CHOO! CHOO! ALL ABOARD THE GO! TRAIN TO THE NORTH POLE.....
I had so much fun choo-choo-oosing fabrics for this project....
This little runner was super fun to make. You'll find that this GO! Train die is the perfect size for using your charm squares. Or using up some of your small scraps!
All the fabrics used in this project were found in my stash. I placed my white fabric for the hills of snow right on top of my clouds fabric both with right sides facing up. And then used my rotary cutter to free hand cut those gently rolling hills. Then I marked both of the raw edges every two inches or so to keep them lined up and sewed the seam with right sides together, using a few pins and then pressed the seam open.
I backed all my fabrics with paper backed fusible web before running them through my AccuQuilt GO! cutter. And even did so with some extra of the snow fabric to place them on the train cars, too!
I also added some accent stripes for each car to coordinate with the others.
Then I quilted this runner with my walking foot in parallel lines with a gentle curve to match those rolling hills, using plain white Guetermann polyester thread on top and in the bobbin. All the while my sewing machine was calling out, "Chugga-chugga. Chugga-chugga." Just like a real train rolling down the tracks!
Truthfully, all the train car fabrics were chosen to coordinate with this great backing print.
"Polar Express" finished at approximately 13" x 40"
Keep On Quilting On!
This guest post was written by Lorna McMahon, modern quilter, pattern designer and the author of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog. Lorna's use of eye-catching colour and minimalist design has taken modern quilting in an entirely new direction, as traditional piecing methods are used to create a menagerie of animals and entirely new blocks. A few of her signature items are her “Elephant Parade” and “Dog Gone Cute” quilt patterns, which are offered as free quilt alongs. On her website you can learn from her creative processes as she shares her love of quilting, tips and clever tutorials.