Sweetwater Flower Table Runner

This adorable runner was designed by the family trio best known as “Sweetwater” Their first line of fabric from Moda is called au-then-tic and is hitting shelves now! click here to download the pattern.

1/2 yd backing
(3) 12″ squares flower backgrounds (can be cut from FQs) (3) FQs for flowers
(3) charm squares for flower centers
15×38 batting
5×15 fusible web
1. Cut 3 flower backgrounds to 12″ x 12″ 2. Line the 12″ x 12″ square on your grid of your mat board and cut off a 3″ x 3″ triangle. 3. Repeat for all 4 corners. 4. With RST sew the pieces together along one edge only. Repeat to add third octagon. 5. Cut a slit in the center piece. This will be used later to turn the piece right side out. 6. Layer batting, backing right side up and top piece right side down. 7. Sew through all layers with a 1/4″ seam. 8. Trim extra backing and batting. Be sure to clip in at inside corners. 9. Turn through 3″ slit and press out octagons by hand. Then press with an iron and set aside. 10. Fold your flower FQ in half and pin. Trace flower template. Rotate it 180 to continue tracing. 11. Make a small slip through one layer. Sew on drawn line all the way around. Turn through slit. 12. Repeat 2 more times. Your flowers should look like this. 13. Draw a 4″ square on your fusible web. Mark in 1″ from each corner and draw lines. You are making mini versions of your flower backgrounds. Repeat 2 more times and iron onto 3 charm squares. 14. Iron onto flower center and stitch in place. I used a small zig zag with matching thread. Repeat for other 2 flowers. 15. Pin flower onto runner base. A quilting pattern is provided on the original pattern. You can draw it on or just go for it like I did! 16. One attached flower! Repeat for other 2. 17. The original pattern does not call for it but I added a bit more quilting my stitching around the entire topper 1/4″ in. that is it!
one super cute table runner

the lovely ladies over @ sweetwater are having a contest! We know you have some type of fabric in your stash that would be perfect for this pattern. To enter the contest, make the table runner in your choice of fabric, photograph it and send us the picture (e-mail to info@sweetwaterscrapbook.com). We think it would be lots of fun to see what it would look like in different colors and patterns. If you show it on your blog, give us your web address and we will link from our site. You have until the end of August to enter. My mom told me this pattern was so easy, even I could make it. That may be stretching it a bit, but she whipped it out in just a couple of hours. If you are a beginner, this would be perfect for you.

One random winner will receive one of our authentic Jelly Rolls. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Remember, you have until August 31 to enter. so go visit their blog and enter! and don’t forget to upload it to the moda bake shop flickr group! I think this runner works as a perfect display for jelly rolls! pictured – Mill House Inn by Fig Tree Quilts, Authentic by Sweetwater, Rouenneries by French General

Personalized Birdie Pillow

Hello! I’m so excited to share this cute pillow with you! Feel free to ask me questions, I’ll be glad to answer them.
Stop by my blog and say hi.
Melissa at http://www.polkadotchair.blogspot.com/

1 Birdie Charm Pack
1/2 yard white fabric OR use a white twin sheet (great way to get a lot of fabric!)
Heat and Bond Light
Warm and Natural Batting
1 button for eye
1 12×16 pillow form

Pink Ric- Rack
Grosgrain Ribbon Ruffle Trim

Okay to begin you will need 1 Birdie Charm pack (shown here are a charm pack and a layer cake, but you just need a charm pack).

The finished pillow size will be 12×16.

Cut 1 piece of white fabric to 6.75×10.75.

Since this is a pillow to be used on a bed I just used a white sheet. It’s a great way to get a lot of fabric for cheap!

Next on your computer print out the name you like in a good bulky font. (I used Font Diner Loungy). In your word processing program set the type to outline and print backwards.

Print the name. I like to use a light box to trace it but you can also just use a bright window.
Trace the name onto paper side of Heat and Bond.

Next pick the fabric pieces that you would like the letters on.

Iron the letters onto the WRONG side of the fabric. Cut out letters.

Arrange cut letters on white fabric piece. Iron on.

From the charm squares cut 42 strips 1.5 ” x 3″.

Sew (using a 1/4″ seam) 2 sets of 6 strips together.

Sew them to the sides of the center panel.

Sew 2 sets of 15 strips together,
Sew to top and bottom of center panel.

Using your favorite applique stitch, stitch around the letters. I just used a straight stitch.

Next you will need to quilt your pillow. You can do this to your liking. I used 1 layer of warm and natural and a piece of scrap fabric for the back (since it will not show).

I used a walking foot and did a decorative stitch in each seam. Then quilted wavy lines down the center panel.

Next. Using thread the same color as your ric rac, sew ric rac around edge of the center panel.
Set aside.

To make bird embellishment:

Trace a shape of a bird onto a piece of Heat and Bond. I used a piece of chipboard that I had in my scrapbooking stash. Trace the wing also.

Trim around Heat and Bond and iron onto wrong side of fabric.

Cut out bird.
Iron onto a piece of warm and natural.
Iron wing on.
Cut bird out.

Cut a 2nd piece of Heat and Bond. Iron onto warm and natural side of the bird.

Iron bird onto wrong side of a 2nd piece of fabric. The bird is double sided because you can see the back of it when sewed on the pillow.

(you are pretty much making a warm and natural sandwich… with a piece of fabric on each side)
Stitch around the edge of the bird, as close to the edge as you can.
Cut out bird. Sew on eye.

Pin Bird onto completed pillow top. Stitch though all layers (bird and pillow top) of the bird ONLY on the wing. Stitch around it 3 times to give it a nice dimensional touch.

Sew trim to edges of pillow. Attach back of pillow (also used a sheet) insert pillow form and stitch opening closed.

You will need approximately 20 charm squares for the pillow (depending on how you do your name) so you should be able to get 2 pillows out of one charm pack.