Bee-Daz­zled Sum­mer

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents - De­sign by Carolyn S. Vagts for The Vil­lage Pat­tern Co.

Be busy as a bee and sew this “bee-daz­zled” ta­ble run­ner. It will draw in your guests like bees to honey, and you’ll be sure to cre­ate a buzz at your next sum­mer oc­ca­sion.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Fin­ished size 441/2 x 18 inches

Ma­te­ri­als

• 45-inch-wide fab­ric:

• 1 yard cream dot for back­ground, outer bor­der, back­ing and bind­ing

• 1⁄8 yard dark green batik for ac­cent bor­der

• 1⁄3 yard cream mot­tled for di­a­mond back­grounds

• 1/2 yard thin bat­ting

• Fab­ric scraps for ap­pliqué*: light green batik dark green batik brown batik gold batik yel­low batik black solid

• Fusible web

• Black #8 pearl cot­ton

• Ba­sic sewing sup­plies and equip­ment

Cut­ting From fab­ric for back­ground, outer bor­der and bind­ing:

• Cut one 141/2-inch square. Sub­cut square into quar­ters di­ag­o­nally mak­ing four tri­an­gles.

• Cut four 21/2-inch strips the width of the fab­ric for outer bor­der.

• Cut three 2-inch strips the width of the fab­ric for bind­ing. Note: Back­ing will be cut later.

From fab­ric for ac­cent bor­der:

• Cut three 1-inch strips the width of the fab­ric.

From di­a­mond back­ground fab­ric (B):

• Cut three 91/2-inch squares.

From fab­ric scraps for ap­pliqué:

• Ap­ply fusible web to the backs of scraps. Us­ing pat­terns pro­vided (page 49), cut sun­flower petals, sun­flower cen­ter, ex­tra petals, leaves and 1/2 x 7-inch strips for stems to make two sun­flow­ers; cut bee body from yel­low and bee stripes, head and wings from black to make one bee. Note: Stems can be made us­ing a wide satin stitch, if pre­ferred.

As­sem­bly

Use 1/4-inch-wide seam al­lowances un­less oth­er­wise stated.

1. Sew one quar­ter-square tri­an­gle to one 91/2-inch square (Fig­ure 1). Make two units.

2. Sew a quar­ter-square tri­an­gle to each side of the re­main­ing 91/2-inch square (Fig­ure 2). Make one unit. Press.

3. Sew units from steps 1 and 2 to­gether (Fig­ure 3). Press.

4. Sew the 1-inch-wide ac­cent bor­der to each of the long sides, leav­ing ex­tra length to trim to main­tain shape be­fore adding the two end pieces of ac­cent bor­der. Press. Sew ac­cent bor­der to ends, trim­ming in same man­ner. Press.

5. Sew outer bor­der strips to long sides and then to end points in same man­ner as ac­cent bor­der (Fig­ure 4). Press.

6. Re­fer­ring to photo, ar­range sun­flow­ers and bee in di­a­mond tri­an­gles and fuse in place. Note: Slip ex­tra petals be­hind sun­flower petals be­fore fus­ing.

7. Cut back­ing to fit run­ner. Sand­wich bat­ting be­tween run­ner and back­ing. Stitch around edges of ap­pliqué and stitch-in-the-ditch to quilt.

8. Us­ing 5⁄8-inch seam al­lowance (and trim­ming seam to 3⁄8 inch), bind edges of run­ner with 2-inch-wide strips.

9. Make run­ning stitch with black pearl cot­ton to cre­ate bee trail.

*Scraps of ac­cent bor­der fab­ric were used for dark green on model pro­ject.

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