7) Lay out one gray and white 1/2 square triangle unit and one solid white 2 1/2″ square beside it. Lay out one solid gray 2 1/2″ block and one gray and white 1/2 square triangle unit beside it.
Sew units together using 1/4″ seam. Open the sewn units and press seam toward the solid block.
10) Join the two pieces together making sure to “nest” your center seam. Pin and sew using a 1/4″ seam.
11) Open your sewn block and finger press the center seam (the one you just sewed) open. Then press the seam open using your iron. If you haven’t already been using spray starch or pressing spray, it’s very helpful, especially at this point, in keeping your block nice and crisp.
You now have a completed block!
Repeat steps 7-10 to complete the remaining blocks. For the red chevron blocks make sure to use your red and white 1/2 square triangle units when putting them together 😉
Finished size should be 4 1/2″ square, but if not, don’t fret!
Squaring up: While some blocks may come out perfectly others may end up a bit “off”. If this happens you can square up each side of your block by taking off a teeny tiny sliver from each side. With my blocks there were just a few spots that needed to be cut straight again.
12) Lay out your blocks working left to right in the pattern shown in the picture to form your rows.
13) Gather up 3 of your completed blocks from Row 1. Pin and sew the finished blocks together using a 1/4″ seam making sure your center seams are aligned.
Set your completed row back into your layout and move to the next row, Row 2, until all 11 rows have been completed.
14) Press Row 1’s seams up towards the top of your runner. Press Row 2’s seams towards the bottom of the runner. Odd numbered Row seams are pressed up, even numbered Row seams are pressed down. Continue pressing all remaining rows in this manner.
Hint: Pressing your seams in alternating directions helps them to nest together and to reduce overall bulk helping your runner to lay nice and flat.
Press these seams open.
Hint: Pin your rows together starting in the center, lining up your seams there, and working out to the ends.
17) Spread your batting out and give it a quick iron to smooth out any crazy wrinkles if needed. Lay your runner top over your batting and gently smooth it out making sure all your seams are laying flat and you don’t have any weird puckers or fabric flipped under. Go ahead and trim your batting within an inch of your runner top.
18) Lay your white backing fabric on your work top or the floor (right side down if you’re working with a print), then center your batting and runner top over your backing. Smooth out any wrinkles.
19) Baste all three layers together using your safety pins.
Hint: I used my curved safety pins for basting and it saves my fingers so much pain. You can usually find these at any quilting or craft store along with the snazzy colorful pin grips. Here’s a little post about them if you’re curious.
20) Quilt it! I quilted mine in the white space between the chevrons and followed the chevron shape. This made for a pretty neat mirror image on the backside. I used a big stitch length, 3.0, for my quilting which made it show up more.
Once you’re done quilting go ahead and trim off all the excess batting and backing to the size of your top.
20) Take two of your red binding strips and lay them at a 90 degree angle with right sides together.
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Pin on either side of the line and then sew straight down the line.
Cut off the excess fabric within a 1/4″ of your sewn line.
Find the end of your binding strip and add another strip using the method above until all 4 strips have been added. Make sure your have right sides together and that your strips are not twisted.
While it’s nice to have things in writing it often easier to see it done and if you’ve never done binding before it can be a bit intimidating. Missouri Star Quilt has an excellent tutorial on how to do binding from start to finish. While some of their techniques are different than what I’ve been taught, the end result and the overall method are the same.
For more Holiday fun check out this link for even more crafty projects: http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/the-2014-crafty-christmas-tutorial-link.html