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.
Finished size 441/2 x 18 inches
• 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.
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.