This week’s project is coming together today! In yesterday’s post, I made the units for the Vintage Holiday bed runner while going over the function buttons on the PFAFF performance icon. I really appreciated the accuracy I get when piecing the flying geese blocks using the IDT System.
We’ll continue to use the function buttons, especially the Needle Stop Up/Down as we piece the churn star blocks together. I’ll also use the ¼” Quilting Foot for IDT System as it will also help me in getting precise seam allowances which means my block units will all fit together nicely.
Here’s a layout photo so that you know what each block will look like as we go – you can chain piece to make this step go quicker too. For me,
that means I’ll sew the same unit for each block one after the other so I’m making 3 blocks at once!
Make the Churn Star blocks
To make 1 Churning Star block, sew the units into 3 rows.
- To make the top row, sew one HST with fabric C corner bottom right sewn to left side of 1 flying geese unit with a rectangle at the top. Then sew a second HST with the fabric C corner bottom left to the right edge of the flying geese unit. Press the seams to the HST units.
- To make the middle row, sew 1 flying geese unit with the ‘goose’ pointing left with 1 center fabric B 6½” square sewn to the left side of it. Then sew a second flying geese unit with the ‘goose’ pointing right to the right side of the center square. Press the seams to the center square.
- To make the bottom row, sew one hst with the fabric C corner top right sewn to the left side of 1 flying geese unit with the rectangle at the bottom. Then sew a second hst with the fabric C corner top left to the right edge of the flying geese unit. Press the seams to the HST units.
- Sew the rows together, nesting the seams and pressing each seam to the row below. The block should measure 18½” square.
- Repeat to make 2 more Churning Star blocks.
Assemble the runner
- Sew the 3 Churning Star blocks together to make the runner. You can choose to make the center square images go in the same direction or not – you could turn the end ones to face away from the center. Press the seams in whichever direction works best.
- Sew one 2½” x 54½” border strip to the top and one to the bottom long edges of the runner. Press the seams to the strips.
- Sew one 2½” x 22½” border strip to each short end of the runner and press the seams to the strips. The runner should measure 22½” x 54½”.
Now we need to quilt it!
I know it might be hard to see in the photos, but trust me when I say that the PFAFF performance icon just makes it easy to sew blocks together. I don’t worry about any seams not lining up or blocks not turning out the right size. The IDT System really is a great feature of PFAFF machines.
Join me tomorrow when I quilt the Vintage Holiday bed runner on the PFAFF performance icon!