" ". The Smiling Cat: Primitive 9-Patch Table Runner-

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Primitive 9-Patch Table Runner-



  One thing all people that sew have in common-fabric scraps. Also, everyone seems to have their own system of organizing them.  Many cut & save as 5” squares or ‘nickels’ as they are sometimes called.  I save the nickels when the scraps are big enough, if not I cut them into 2” squares or 1-1/2” strips. 
Eventually, I end up with this:


Time for a scrappy project!  I started sorting through this pile, grouping together the matching fabrics & colors.  I decided to make some simple 9-patches, and use them to make a table runner.
To make a 23”x55” 9-Patch Table Runner, I used:
300  assorted 2” scrappy squares
240  2” white squares or 3/4 yard white cotton cut into 2” strips
1-1/2 yard fabric for backing & binding
Quilt batting
White thread & basic sewing tools 

I began to make sets of five matching fabrics, and sets of four matching with a complimentary square for the middle. 

 
Then, I stacked up the sets, and  cut some 2” strips of white cotton.  I didn’t cut the strips into squares, to save time I came up with a way to strip-piece the squares.

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I took my stacks & strips to my sewing machine.  I put down a white strip and taking from the top of the stack, started placing a square at a time onto the white strip.  Sewing a 1/4" seam with right sides together, carefully keeping the squares in order, and putting aside one square from each set. 

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After sewing a few strips, I pressed them & cut them into separate units.  Then, pressed each pair open, pressing the seam toward the scrappy square.


After pressing each pair open, I put one pair aside, then stitched the square that was set aside to the next pair.  I sewed together the last two pairs of the set, matching the center seams, and making sure that the seams were laying in opposite directions, to reduce the bulkiness.

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After pressing all the units the same as before, I added the last set pairs.  This time pressing the seams toward the middle.  Now, I had a unit of three pairs, and a unit of three squares.


All that’s needed to finish the block is to add the last row of squares.


I finished sewing that last row to the block, and pressed this final seam toward the outside of the block.


I now had the finished 9-Patch block!  It’s important to take the time to turn the block over, and check that the seams are all laying straight like this:

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Take the time now, and the finished project will lay out smoother & flatter.  Now, I swapped the positions of the white & the scrappy squares, and ended up with two piles of blocks:



Sixty blocks total.  Now, I started to join the blocks together, alternating the two blocks.  I know that most quilters create rows to sew together.  I like to join the blocks into squares of four blocks, then continue sewing the bigger blocks together.  When I connect the blocks in rows, the rows get a bit wavy looking.  
 
Also, when joining the blocks, I match both the corner seams.  This really helps keep everything nice & straight.   When all the blocks were joined, 5 rows x 12 rows, I layered the completed quilt top over the batting, then the batting over the backing fabric.  Pinned it all together, ready to be quilted!


I quilted by ‘stitching in the ditch’ which is just sewing over the seam lines with clear, quilting thread.

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I then finished the edges with the double-fold bias binding.  You can the find the instructions for this finishing method HERE.

 
I pieced the backing using the floral binding fabric & a cream colored cotton. 
Here are a few more pictures:



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I like this picture even though it doesn’t show much of the table runner.  I just like my Rooster Salt &Pepper shakers!
Well, that’s all for now-Hope you’re having a great day, Carole

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4 comments :

  1. Hi Carole,
    Your craftiness always impresses me! I fb and tweeted you!

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  2. Carole, you put a lot of work into this tutorial. I'm impressed. I know how much time it takes to do a tutorial right.

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    1. Thank you Susan! It did take me awhile to organize this project, but I enjoyed doing it. I'm still learning how to use Blogger. I particularly like your posts which included snippets from your grandmother's diary-what a nice idea!

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