Turn your scraps and a bit of crazy-patch piecing into a rose garden for your dining-room table.
• Scraps light to medium pink and red, dark red and green, and gold tonals and small prints • 1 fat quarter medium green tonal • 5/ 8 yard green leaf tonal • Backing to size • Batting to size • 1 (8" x 12") rectangle batting • Thread • Template material • 10 sheets foundation paper or
1/2 yard muslin • Basic sewing tools and supplies
Prepare templates for A and B pieces; cut as directed on each pattern. Prepare a template for the leaf; cut as per instructions. From green leaf tonal: • Cut 1 (61/2" by fabric width) strip. Subcut strip into 2 (61/2") C squares and 2 (21/4" by remaining fabric width) binding strips. • Cut 4 (21/4" by fabric width) binding strips. From foundation paper or muslin: • Cut 4 (81/2") squares. • Cut 6 (61/2") squares.
COMPLETING THE BLOCKS
1. Select one 61/2" foundation square and one A piece. 2. Center the A piece on the foundation square. 3. Choose a small light pink scrap and place right side down on the A piece with one edge along one side of A and stitch as shown in Figure 1. 4. Flip the light pink piece to the right side and press flat as shown in Figure 2. 5. Choose a medium pink scrap and repeat steps 3 and 4, stitching the pink piece to the adjacent side of the center, moving clockwise as shown in Figure 3.
6. After stitching, fold the foundation back at the seam line and trim just the fabric to a 1/4" seam allowance as shown in Figure 4. Note: You may have to clip a few stitches in the first seam to release the fabric for trimming as shown in Figure 5.
7. Repeat step 6 with pink and light red scraps until you have stitched pieces all around the A piece.
8. Start the second round with medium red scraps, repeating the same method as the first round.
9. Add dark red scraps for the third round. Add dark green scraps to corners.
10. Turn the pieced square over and trim the excess fabrics even with the edge of the foundation square to complete one Small Rose block as shown in Figure 6.
11. Repeat all steps to complete a total of six Small Rose blocks.
12. Repeat all steps with the B pieces and the 81/2" foundation squares to complete four Large Rose blocks.
COMPLETING THE LEAVES
1. Using the prepared leaf template, draw two leaf shapes on one end of the wrong side of the medium green tonal. Fold the fabric in half with right sides together and the traced leaves on top and pin to the 8" x 12" batting rectangle as shown in Figure 7.
2. Sew around the leaf shapes on the traced lines, leaving the straight bottom edge open as shown in Figure 8.
3. Referring to Figure 9, cut out 1/8" from the stitching lines and along the unstitched traced line; trim the tip and clip curves. 4. Turn right side out through the opening; press edges flat. 5. Referring to pattern, stitch vein lines on each leaf, sewing along the marked lines twice to add definition; set aside.
COMPLETING THE RUNNER
Refer to the Assembly Diagram for all construction steps.
1. Center a leaf on one side of a C square, matching raw edges. Baste to secure.
2. Join two Large Rose blocks to make a large block unit; press seam open. Repeat with two Small Rose blocks to make a small block unit. Repeat to make a second small block unit.
3. Arrange and join the block units with the C/leaf units and the remaining Large and Small Rose blocks; press seams in the directions indicated by arrows in Figure 10.
4. Staystitch the edges 3/16" from edge all around.
5. Carefully remove paper if used as the foundation.
6. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 94.
7. Quilt as desired. Do not trim excess after quilting.
8. Attach the binding in the same way as for straight-sided quilts referring to Quilting Basics on page 94, except when you approach the inside corners. Determine the point where the binding seam should turn and mark it; clip almost to the mark. Stitch to this point and stop with the needle in the quilt. Raise the presser foot and realign the runner so the edges line up in a straight line with the binding strip flat along that edge. Lower the presser foot and continue stitching as shown in Figure 11.
9. After binding has been attached, trim the batting and backing even with the runner top. Cut a small notch in the binding only in the seam allowance at the pivot point of the inside corners as shown in Figure 12.
10. Turn the binding to the back side and hand-stitch in place. The inside corners will form a tucked miter on the front and back sides. Take a few stitches in the tucks to secure the miter as you sew around to finish.
Large Rose 8" x 8" Finished Block Make 4
Small Rose 6" x 6" Finished Block Make 6