Bricks & Bub­bles

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents - De­sign by Chris Malone

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.



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