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The magic technique of fusing fabric for applique

 

This week is filled with two fun projects that are fast, easy and very practical! Learn the magic technique of using fusible product to create a quilted table runner!

Create adorable table runners using wool felt, zippers and bright fabric! The first table runner uses circles and rectangles to give a modern and trendy look.

Learn how to piece a colorful quilted table runner together and give it a little whimsy by creating flowers by fusing different sized circles together.

 

Modern table runner with fused flower circles and pieced stems.
Modern table runner with fused flower circles and pieced stems.

 

This table runner is great for beginner quilters as it shows simple piecing and the technique of using fused fabric, yet fun for experienced quilters as they get to be creative in making their fabric flowers!

 

Fused flower circle table runner with pieced border.
Fused flower circle table runner with pieced border.

 

Products needed for quilted table runner: HeatnBond, Unique Quilting numbered pins, Kai Scissors, Gutermann thread, Grace Company rotary cutter and Clover Clips.
Products needed for quilted table runner: HeatnBond, Unique Quilting numbered pins, Kai Scissors, Gutermann thread, Grace Company rotary cutter and Clover Clips.

 

Let’s get started making this fused flower table runner!

Materials

1 fat quarter solid green fabric

1 yard light grey fabric

Fabric selection of different prints , either five fat quarters, 5½” square charm pack or scraps

Batting

Backing

Heat’n’Bond Feather Lite

 

HeatnBond Feather Lite iron-on adhesive for fusing flower circles.
HeatnBond Feather Lite iron-on adhesive for fusing flower circles.

 

Instructions

Cut eleven 5½” squares from assorted print fabrics.

Cut  twenty six  1½” x 5½” rectangles from green fabric.

Cut fifteen 3½” x 5½” rectangles from assorted print fabrics.

Cut and sew to get a  63” x 9” strip of light grey fabric.

With right sides together, sew a green strip to one side of a 5½” square. Continue joining squares to green strips until you have a long row. Ending with a 5½” print square at each end. Press.

 

Sew green strip to 51/2" print square and repeat.
Sew green strip to 51/2″ print square and repeat.

 

Sew a green strip to the 3½” x 5½” print rectangles along one of the 5½” sides. Continue joining the rectangles to the green strips alternating green strip w print. End with a green strip at each end. Press.

With right sides together, take the print/green strip using the 3½” x 5½” rectangles and sew to one long side of the grey fabric. Press.

 

Sew grey strip to one side of the print/green strips.
Sew grey strip to one side of the print/green strips.

 

Trim one end of the 5½” square strip by 2”. This is to allow for a more alternating pattern. Sew with right sides together to the other long side of the grey strip. Press. Trim other end.

 

Pieced strips sewn to either side of grey middle strip.
Pieced strips sewn to either side of grey middle strip.

 

Now we have our green stems on our table runner and next up is the technique of creating fused circle flowers! Stay tuned as we add those to our fun quilted table runner!

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Making fused fabric flowers for a quilted table runner

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.

3 Comments

  1. Marilyn Hukill

    This is very cute. I love doing applique.

  2. Jo-Anne Cooper

    III love making table runners. As a novice quilter I learn new techniques and finish the project in a timely fashion.

  3. I just starting to do applique. I have to follow this series.

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