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Here's another project to add to your repertoire and the ninth in our dedicated Build-A-Block series - a stylish, colourful bed runner.
This quilt consists of eight 12” tulip quilt blocks. Each individual block is built using the following shapes:
Three 4.5” squares of background fabric
One 4.5” square of complementary fabric for the flower
Three 2.5” squares of background fabric
One 2.5” square of complementary fabric for the bud
Two 4.5” half square triangles of complementary fabric for the flower
Two 4.5” half square triangles of complementary fabric for the leaves
Four 4.5” half square triangles of background fabric
So, are you up for the challenge? Great!
You will need
76x152cm (30x60”) of fabric for the backing / 76x152cm (30x60”) of wadding / 100cm (39”) of main background fabric for the top / 4 fat quarters of complementary fabrics for the tulips / 50cm (19.5”) of complementary fabric for the side borders / 50cm (19.5”) of complementary fabric for the binding / Gemini Build-A-Block™ dies / Stick & Spray fabric adhesive / Gemini die-cutting machine / Sewing machine / Basic sewing kit / Walking foot / Iron
Die-cut the pieces as stated above in the preparation and sew the tulip block together
following the instructions in the Build-A-Block™ booklet. Repeat this step to create eight
tulip blocks in total.
Sew the eight tulip blocks together in the formation matching the design on the finished
project. Next, add a 62.25x10cm (24.5x4”) strip of coloured fabric to the short sides
of the runner and press well.
Place the backing fabric wrong side up, add the wadding on top and then lay the top side of
the runner in the centre of the wadding, right side up. You should have excess wadding and
backing around all four sides which allows for movement when quilting. Use Stick & Spray
fabric adhesive or use safety pins to keep the layers together, ensuring that they are as
smooth as possible.
Quilt the top side of the runner by hand or machine (this runner has been quilting using
straight lines and a walking foot on the sewing machine). Then trim the runner on all four
sides, ensuring the corners are squared off.
To create the binding for the bed runner, join 6.5cm (2.5”) side strips of your chosen fabric to
create enough to go around all four sides of the runner. You will need at least 430cm (169”).
Fold and press the binding in half lengthways, wrong sides together. Keeping the binding
folded, align the raw edges to the edge of one long side and sew to the first corner, stopping
approximately 0.5cm (0.25”) from the corner and leaving a 6cm (2”) tail at the start.
To mitre the corner, fasten off the thread at the end of Step 5. Fold the binding straight back
towards the corner then fold it back again at a 45° angle, aligning the fold along the raw edge.
Start to sew again and repeat this along the remaining sides of the runner. To join the
binding, fold over one of the raw edges and overlap the two ends, ensuring the other
raw edge is hidden.
Finally, fold the binding to the back and neatly slip stitch in place to reveal your stunning
You can find more project inspiration here!