As promised, here is the tutorial for the wonky table runner I shared in last week’s blog post :). It was really fun to make, and easy too, plus it used a ton of scraps….a win-win-win combination in my book!
My fabrics for the “logs” and the outside scallops were all “low-volume” fabrics. Here is a definition that I found that describes low-volume fabrics:
The term ‘low volume‘ usually refers to cream or white fabrics with a small or geometric design. Even though the print has a secondary design, it still ‘reads’ neutral so you can use it as a background. Dots, grids, and text prints are all staple low volume fabrics.
So grab your low volume scraps and lets get sewing! First you will need to cut 9 center rectangles( I made mine red ( because red is best 😉 ) but you can choose whatever color suits your fancy!). Cut these centers to 2×2.5 rectangles.
To make Courthouse Steps blocks, you start by sewing a strip to the bottom and the top of your rectangle first, and then you add a strip to each side. Then you sew on the top and bottom again, then on the 2 sides, etc. etc. Because this is a “wonky” block, I didn’t worry about making my strips the same size, or even straight, but if you would prefer a less wonky look, go with straight strips, all the same width.
Now, this is very important: In every block I changed the position of my red center square. So in the first block I had it facing vertically, and in the 2nd I had it horizontally, and so on and so forth: I did this to make the red centers “jump” around a bit.
Sew your strips on ( tops and bottoms, then 2 sides) until your block measures 6×6 inches. ( If your blocks are bigger, trim them down; Not big enough? Add some more strips!). Make 9 blocks total. Sew them together in 3 rows of 3, again, paying attention to the orientation of the red centers. Your quilt top should now measure approx 17×17.
Cut 2 pieces of fusible web 4×17 inches. Fold each one double and then double again so that you end up with one squarish shape, like this:
Now find a rounded object ( I used a big tin can, but a saucer or bowl would work) and trace a semi circular shape near the top ( my “dips” are about 1.5″ down). Cut on the line and unfold and voilà, you have your scalloped edge!
Apply your fusible to the back of your chosen “scallop” fabric. I chose a very light blue with pinkish flowers for mine. Cut your fabric just along the fusible outline. Now cut 2 “background to scallop” pieces of fabric ( blue in mine) at 5 x 17 inches and fuse your scallops to this, lining up the bottom edges. Use your sewing machine to fasten your scallops in a way that pleases you. I used a blanket stitch in RED. Then sew your scalloped borders to each end of your quilt top.
Now layer your quilt top with batting and backing and quilt as you like:
After quilting, trim your layers even, cut binding strips at 2 ¼ inches, and sew on binding ( I didn’t write down how much binding I cut, but you can just add the circumference together and add a few extra inches to account for sewing pieces together and turning corners).
And there you have it, one wonky Courthouse Steps table runner all finished! If you end up making one, please share a photo with me ( either via email or Facebook)…I would love to see your creation!
Join me next week as I reveal the changes I have been making in my sewing space!
Until next time~happy creating!