Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Forest Path table runner

The Forest Path block is a pinwheel with a cornerstone border. This pattern is for a 36 by 15 inch table runner using 4 fabrics or mix it up as you like.

Fabric 1: Cut 2 squares 3⅞ inches. Cut 12 squares 2 inches. 
Fabric 2: Cut 2 squares 3⅞ inches. Cut 3 strips 2 inches wide. Sub cut into 8 squares of 2 inches and use the rest for the border.
Fabric 3: Cut 12 rectangles 2 by 6½ inches.
Fabric 4: Cut 10 rectangles 2 by 9½ inches.

Forest Path block instructions
  • Match a 3⅞ inch square of fabric 1 and 2 right sides together.
  • Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on wrong side of lighter fabric.
  • Sew ¼ inch seam on both side of diagonal line.
  • Cut units apart on drawn diagonal line.
  • Press seam to one side.
  • Make 12 half square triangle units.

  • Sew the 4 half square triangle units into a pinwheel as shown using a ¼ inch seam.
  • Press seams to one side.
  • Make 3 pinwheel units.

  • Using 1 pinwheel unit, 4 fabric 1 - 2 inch squares and 4 fabric 3 rectangles, layout block as shown and sew first columns then rows with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Press seams to one side.
  • Repeat for remaining pinwheel units.

Sashing instructions

  • Using the 3 Forest Path blocks, layout with sashing pieces: 8 fabric 2 - 2 inch squares and 10 fabric 4 rectangles.
  • Sew together with ¼ inch seam, first columns then rows.
  • Press seams to one side.
Border instructions

  • Lay 2 of the 2 inch wide fabric 2 strips through the middle of the length of table runner and trim to it's length.
  • Sew borders to both long sides using a ¼ inch seam.
  • Press toward border fabric.
  • Cut 2 border pieces the width of table runner including previously sewn border.
  • Sew borders to both ends using a ¼ inch seam.
  • Press toward border fabric.

Quilting instructions

  • Place pressed backing right side down on a flat surface large enough to lay flat; tape in place at sides, then corners.
  • Lay batting on top of backing and smooth wrinkles; tape in place at sides, then corners. (If using slippery batting, spray baste to baking and top.)
  • Put pressed quilt on top right side up.
  • Smooth borders and blocks square, pushing excess toward middle. Quilting will take up slack and quilt will hang better.
  • Pin baste 3 to 4 inches apart in quarters down length and width. Finish pin basting each quarter 3 to 4 inches apart.
  • Quilt as desired.

Binding instructions

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