Bricks & Bubbles
This design is so versatile. You can use the finished runner on a table or as a wall hanging. Change the colors to coordinate with your decor.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner Runner Size: 12" x 60"
• 15 (21/2" x 42") strips in 5 ivory/tan solids
• 1/2 yard aqua solid • Backing 20" x 68"
• Batting 20" x 68"
• All-purpose thread to match fabrics
• Quilting thread
• Compass (optional)
• Freezer paper
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
1. Set aside four of the 21/2" x 42" ivory/tan strips for binding.
2. From the remaining 11 (21/2" x 42") ivory/tan strips, cut the following: 10 (21/2" x 31/2") A, 19 (21/2" x 41/2") B, 17 (21/2" x 51/2") C, eight 21/2" x 61/2" D, nine 21/2" x 71/2" E, five 21/2" x 81/2" F and two 21/2" x 91/2" G. Note: Use a variety of ivory/tan strips when cutting each lettered piece.
3. Use circle patterns given or a compass (or cups, bowls, etc.) to draw circle patterns in each of the following sizes onto the matte side of freezer paper: 3", 41/2", 51/2" and 61/2".
4. Cut out and iron freezer-paper circles, shiny side down, onto the wrong side of the aqua solid leaving 1/2" between circles; cut around circles leaving a 3⁄16" seam allowance.
5. Using the side of your iron, fold the fabric over the edge of the paper circle and press; clip seam as needed to help fabric lie flat, as shown in Figure 1. Continue all around the circle until the seam allowance is pressed inside. Remove freezer-paper circle.
6. Repeat step 5 with remaining circles to make six (3") and three each 41/2", 51/2" and 61/2" fabric circles. Note: The freezer paper patterns may be reused.
Completing the Runner Top
1. Arrange and join the A,B, C, D, E, F and G pieces in 30 rows of two or thee strips each referring to Figure 2; press seams open. Join the rows to complete the pieced background; press seams open.
2. Using the Placement Diagram and project photo for guides, arrange the aqua circles on the long pieced background. Note: The top and bottom both have a circle that hangs off the edge.
3. When pleased with the arrangement, pin or baste the circles in place and trim excess fabric on the two extended circles even with the background edges.
4. Appliqué circles in place using your favorite stitching method to complete the runner top.
Completing the Quilt
1. Sandwich the batting between the pieced quilt top and the prepared backing piece; pin or baste layers together to hold. Quilt as desired by hand or machine.
2. When quilting is complete, trim batting and backing fabric even with raw edges of the quilt top.
3. Join previously cut binding strips on short ends with diagonal seams to make one long strip as shown in Figure 3; trim seams to 1/4" and press seams open.
4. Fold the binding strip with wrong sides together along length; press.
5. Sew binding to the quilt edges, mitering corners and overlapping ends. Fold binding to the back side and stitch in place to finish the quilt.