It’s a patchwork party this week! So many units to make and put together; luckily the performance icon is making it a precise and enjoyable task. In yesterday’s post, we constructed square in a square units using two different methods and the precision of the IDT system. Today it’s time to put them all together and make the Double T runner. A few more treats are in store as we precisely piece the units with the PFAFF performance icon.
Sewing the blocks together
The orange blocks and the blue blocks are assembled the same way. Here is a photo of the units laid out in the proper direction.
- Sew the flying geese units together into pairs, with the light fabric geese to the left of the background fabric geese. Press the seam to the light fabric geese.
- To sew the top row of the block, sew 1 half square triangle (HST) with the print fabric to the right side of the geese unit with the geese pointing down. Press the seam to the HST.
- Sew a second HST with the print fabric to the left edge of the unit made. Press the seam to the HST.
For sewing the units together, I changed to the ¼ inch Right Guide Foot for IDT System. A little extra help for keeping the seam allowance consistent is always a treat! The performance icon actually comes with 11 presser feet, including the ¼ inch Quilting Foot for IDT System.
4. To sew the middle row together, sew 1 flying geese unit to both the left and right sides of the square in a square unit with the geese pointing towards the unit. Press the seams to the square in a square unit.
5. To sew the bottom row of the block, sew 1 HST with the print fabric to the right side of the geese unit with the geese pointing up. Press the seam to the HST.
6. Sew a second HST with the print fabric to the left edge of the unit made. Press the seam to the HST.
7. Sew the rows together, pressing each seam to the one below. The block should measure a 15½” square.
8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 to make one more orange block and one blue block.
Time saving trick – Sew the three blocks at the same time and use the Patchwork Program at each step. We used the Patchwork Program in the second post of the week when making the half square triangles. Between chain piecing and the Patchwork Program, your blocks will be stitched in no time.
Sewing blocks together
Sew the orange blocks to the opposite sides of the blue block. Press the seams to the orange blocks. The runner should measure 15½ ” x 45½ “.
The block assembly was a breeze with the performance icon so I thought we could get started today on the quilting. To quilt the runner, I decided to use black low loft polyester INSPIRA Fusible Fleece. This made it possible to have no pins as you fuse the fleece to the quilt top, but the backing is not secured. I wasn’t too concerned as the runner is a small enough project to have the backing fabric stay against the fleece while I stitched in the ditch around the outside of the blocks to secure the three layers. I used the Clear Stitch-in-Ditch Foot for IDT System and black thread.
Now that all the piecing of the Double T runner is done, all that’s left is the quilting. The PFAFF performance icon’s precise stitching made the rows and blocks fit together perfectly. The next treat will be quilting with this machine – stay tuned!
This is part 4 of 5 in this series
Go back to part 3: 2 ways to make square in a square quilt blocks