Phew, that sounds like a busy session, doesn’t it?! Not so bad though; we’ll work through Assembly Steps 1 and 2.
To start….grab a cup of coffee or tea or wine, get seated nice and comfy, and read through the whole pattern! It may not all make sense yet but it will give you an idea of where we’re headed.
BACK TO WORK!
Assembly Step #1
Press the fat quarters, and the fabric for the backing nice and flat. I find Best Press is handy for getting the fold lines out of fat quarters.
Trim the batting to be 58” long. Keep the extra batting to one side: perfect for place mats!
Your backing needs to be much longer that the fabric you bought so here’s how we get that to work.
Fold your backing through the middle, so that it’s now approximately 19” x 42”. Using your rotary cutter, trim a very small piece off the fold so that you have 2 parts.
Cut one piece in half again, so that it’s approximately 19” x 21”.
Take the one long piece and one of the short pieces. Put them, right sides together, and end to end, so in total, they measure approximately 19” x 63”. Sew together with a quarter inch seam. (Use your regular sewing machine foot for this)
Press seams open.
Make sure your long piece of backing fabric is wrinkle free. Press again if necessary.
The next step depends on whether you have fusible batting or regular batting. So please go to the instructions for what you have.
If You’re Using One Sided Fusible Batting:
If the batting came with instructions, read carefully and follow them if they differ from the notes below.
Put backing, right side down, on your ironing board.
Put the batting, fusible side down, on top of the backing. Centre it as much as possible.
Put a pressing sheet or thin fabric on top of the batting.
Iron in sections by holding the iron in place for a slow count of 5. Pick iron up (you want to keep the fabric as wrinkle free as possible) and move to a new area. Hold, move, repeat until the entire batting has been fused to the backing.
If You’re Using Regular Batting:
Move to a well aired room, ideally with the windows open at least briefly as the spray can be a bit strong. I have managed without the windows open. Spray on a test piece of fabric and see if the smell bothers you.
Take an old sheet and spread on your work surface. Sometimes a floor is best if you don’t mind some bending.
Lay the batting on the sheet, as flat as possible.
Spray the batting as per the instructions on the can.
I then like to loosely roll the backing fabric and lay it with one end extending a bit past the end of the batting. Slowly unroll the fabric, using your hand to flatten it onto the batting from side to side, until the fabric is fully unrolled and covering the batting.
Back to the pattern:
To make your sandwich even more secure, you may want to do the basting suggested in this step.
Make sure your walking foot is on your sewing machine.
Lengthen your stitch; you are only basting, not permanently holding this in place.
Place the sandwich, fabric side on the bottom, batting on the top. This will feed better through the machine.
Sew about ¼” from the edge of the batting around all edges.
Check if backing is nice and flat. Give it a good press.
Move the “sandwich” to a table.
Find and mark the centre lines, on the batting side, both vertically and horizontally. A chalk marker is easier to use but the pencil lines will last longer as you add pieces and sew in place.
Assembly Step 2
* If you are fussy cutting your centre square (as I did), NOTE that it will be placed “on point” on the runner so be careful with your layout when you go to cut it.
Cut the fat quarters as per the Cutting instructions in the pattern.
Remember to put your labels back on them: A-F.
Cut your 4 binding strips now. Label and set to one side.
Centre fabric A square: I found it helpful to have the centre square securely anchored to the batting, not just pinned.
Cut fabric A to be 9” square. Cut a piece of fusible web 9” square. Place fabric A, face down, on your ironing board. Put the “fusing” side of the web on the back of fabric A. Cover with a pressing sheet (optional). Press in place, holding a few seconds for each press.
When drawing Curve Units, draw 4 extra Units as they will be needed for the final binding fabric curves.
Fuse these 4 Units on the leftover binding fabric and cut as per Assembly Step 2.
Use your paper scissors when cutting the fusible web tracings. You don’t want to dull your good sewing scissors!
Do NOT cut on the lines when cutting out the fusible web tracings. You will cut on the lines once the fusible web is on the fabric.
All done for now!