We are thrilled to have Karen at Sew Many Ways guest blogging for us! Today she is showing you how to make a table runner with one of the dies from our Spring 2015 GO! Die Release, the super fun GO! Orange Peel die. Karen's post shows you how easy it is to work with this die and how you can make beautiful flowers or creative circles in no time with the GO! Orange Peel. See the original post on her website.
Hi everyone! I'm back to share another AccuQuilt die and it's a great one! It's called the GO! Orange Peel. It is now my favorite die from AccuQuilt. Actually the hexagon dies are my favorite, but this new one is tied for first place!!
The Orange Peel die is an appliqué die, so the quilts or projects using it go together very quickly. Today in my quilting tutorial, I am making a table runner using a couple of ideas and placements. I need your help at the end with how to finish the edges.
The die itself is 6 inches square, but the actual orange peel shape is 4 1/2 inches.
The 4 1/2 inch peel size is perfect for your 5-inch pre-cut charm packs!
You can use your 5-inch squares for either the background square or the orange peel. Solids work great for either shape, too.
To appliqué the orange peel on the 5-inch fabric squares, you will need Heat and Bond. I used Heat Bond Ultra Hold, but I'm sure lite bond will work great, too. If you are using the pre-cut 5-inch squares for the orange peel, you will need to cut the Heat and Bond into 5-inch squares. Then you will iron the Heat and Bond to the WRONG side of the squares according to the package instructions. Here is the front of the fabric with the paper on the back.
Now take the die and stack 4 squares that have the heat and bond on the back. Normally you can cut up to 6 layers of plain fabric, but the paper is a little thick. Add the cutting mat to cover and send it through your cutter. Seconds later...you're done! Perfect Orange Peel.
Ok, you know me and not wasting anything...I'm seeing a lot of unused appliqué shapes in there. Perfect for the smaller hexagon die. Now I apply Heat Bond and appliqué these little hexagon beauties to anything! These are in white, but just imagine them in the cutest little prints.
Back to the orange peel...On the left, is a layout using a 5-inch charm pack for the background. Adorable fabric... Happy Go Luck from Bonnie and Camille by Moda. Love the colors. On the right, are the blocks with the white orange peels.
Two shapes pop out from the pattern when you look at it differently. One is a circle..the other is a flower.
Here is the main project I made. This fabric is ombre and perfect for the leaf type pattern of the orange peel die.This fabric is from my stash and I am so happy to use it with this project. It's Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co for Moda. I love everything Vanessa designs for Moda. Such colorful and happy fabric!
This is my tip for ironing on the Heat and Bond so you can cut the squares for the orange peels much faster. Iron and fold your fabric in half and then in half again, just like normal. Now take your roll of Heat and Bond and measure the width of the roll. Mine is 17 inches. Cut the fabric at 17 inches too. Now place your length of fabric on your ironing board with the WRONG side up and let it drape to the floor. (I placed a scrap piece of muslin on my board just in case. I don't want to get Heat and Bond on it.)
Now line up your Heat and Bond roll evenly with the top of the fabric and the sides. Start to iron from the top and work your way down. Make sure your fabric is flat and no lumps or bumps as you move along. You might want to iron out the folds in the fabric first.
This the fabric (full width from selvage to selvage) with Heat and Bond ironed on the back.
Fold the fabric in quarters again and iron flat with the paper still on. Rotary cut the left edge just to clean it up and square it.
Then cut strips 5 inches wide. From the 17 inch wide piece, you can get 3 strips at 5 inches wide with a bonus strip of 2 inches. This long bonus strip is perfect for appliquéing leaf stems.
Now back to cutting...take your 5-inch strips and cut them into 5-inch squares. Now you'll be ready to cut them on the orange peel die with the fusible web on the back!
4 squares at a time...Stack them over the orange peel shape and cut away! Done...Just look at all those beautiful ombre orange peels (or leaves in this case…lol).
Now to iron them on the 5-inch background squares. Peel off the backing paper. Then position the 4 1/2 orange peel shape on the 5-inch square. You really have to "eye" the corners, where I'm pointing. Just make sure each point is even on both corners (1/4 inch from the edges.)
Press according to the directions.
So pretty and FAST!! The placement is totally up to you...so many options and colors to choose from. This is a table runner. This creates the flower and circle pattern. These blocks are the perfect size for a small pillow, too! Four of those shapes will make a larger pillow.
Here is one row turned in the same direction as the other. And another option with the rows facing an opposite direction, creating flower petals. This is where that long piece would come in for a stem going right up the middle. You could also just appliqué the orange leaf without using the 5 inch squares. Just iron them on a larger background piece of fabric in any shape.
This is my table runner all sewed together. This was the fastest project! The colors are beautiful in this fabric. The crisp modern look of the gray linen is the perfect background to pop the green.
Here’s where I need your help. I have the coordinating fabric from Vanessa. I want to use it for the back of the runner and the binding. My question for you is…
Do you think I should use a wider border on the table runner as shown here…or use the thin look of just the binding fabric? I’m only laying the table runner on this fabric so you can see the difference.
What do you think? Thick or thin?
Thanks so much in advance for your help! Thank you too for stopping by and I hope you love the Orange Peel die as much as I do…it is awesome! Click HERE for the quilt pattern from AccuQuilt using this die.
Stay tuned for the other project I have in the works with this die…and a little clue…no sewing at all!
Sew Many Ways