I'm so excited to have my first project for the Inspired by Fabric design ring on Fabri-Quilt's blog today!
I hope you'll like Around the Corner. I used Fabri-Quilt's Peggy Sue fabric line and I'll tell you ... with the cold weather we've been having in Minnesota, it was fabulous to work with fabric that felt warm and Spring-like! Those of you who were at our quilt retreat in November will have something to make from the bundles of fabric Fabri-Quilt gave us as gifts. Thanks for being so patient!
For my project, I wanted a table topper that implied the very popular hexagon blocks that everyone is enjoying right now. If you look at the darker triangles, you'll see it. Don't be intimidated by the inside and outside angles when you sew on your binding ... it's not as hard as you think. I liked making a table mat that was a little unexpected ... not your typical square. The extra work is worth it!
The outside angles are sewn on the same way you'd sew traditional binding. The inside corners take a little more thought. First, clip into the corner and make a few more clips on either side of it. Mark 1/4" in from the corner with a pin so you know where to stop sewing. And put your machine in the needle down position so it'll stop with the needle in the fabric.
When you get to the corner, pivot at the mark you've made with your pin. I found it helped to almost straighten out the corner and binding ... because you clip before you began to sew you'll have a little more give. You'll see what to do when the fabric is under your presser foot ... it'll make sense then.
When you hand sew your binding on the back of the table mat, the corner will form more of a tuck than the angle we typically make as we turn. Make an extra stitch in the corner to pull the binding into the correct position to anchor it.
I asked Randi from Jubilee Quilting to quilt my project. She choose a design that would be easy for anyone to replicate on their home sewing machine. You could simplify it by stitching diagonally through each of the blocks ... either by hand or machine. Do what you feel most comfortable with.
You can get my pattern for Around the Corner by visiting Inspired by Fabric and downloading the pdf. They're also giving away a fat quarter bundle of Peggy Sue so follow their instructions for entering into their drawing.
If you'd like to make your table topper a little bit bigger ... the pattern is for a 28" mat but your table may need something larger ... here's all you need to do to enlarge it to 36" Cut your white squares 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", the half square triangles 5 7/8" x 5 7/8", and the four patch blocks 3" x 3". You'll need to cut five binding strips (3/8 yard) and you'll need 1 1/4 yards for the back.
And if you're not a winner guess what ... we have bolts of Peggy Sue at the Cottage! We also have kits for Around the Corner ... the top, binding, and backing for the 28" size ... for $27.95 plus something for Governor Dayton and a little for the mailman if you want it sent. Email me at email@example.com and I'll walk you through the details. (It's wedding week at our house so please be patient!)
And because I know you hate having scraps laying around, here's a bonus project for you to make with them. Enjoy Right on Point Mini Mat ... Download Right on Point mini mat. It's fast ... it's easy ... and it has fake binding!!! Perfect for girlfriend gifts.
Make sure you visit Fabri-Quilt's web site to see what other fabrics they have. They just sent me Fashionista to use for my next project. What on earth should I make with it???