Oakshott Colourshott Bloghop::: A tablerunner and coasters
July 7, 2014
Hello everyone! And welcome if you popped over from Lynne’s to check out my stop on the Oakshott Colourshott blog hop.
It was so lovely to be asked to be a part of this and after some rapid response emails with Lynne and the other blog-hoppers (seriously, it was the email equivalent of pointy elbows at a fabric sale!) I was sent a Fat Eighth bundle of Colourshott Oakshott Brighton Rock
Now, I confess that I’m not really a pink type of girl, but it’s very hard to resist Oakshott in any colours and these are just gorgeous. I think it’s the way they shimmer and shine depending on how the light catches them. This colourway instantly reminded me of roses and I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head so in the end I ran with it!
This summer table set will give you one table runner and six coasters. They are made up of hexagons that are built up like log-cabins with the different colours used to suggest the varying shades that you get in a rose bud.
Before we get started, I thought I would share with you the recommendation that if you make an Oakshott project and wash it please make sure you use colour catchers: I washed this table runner with two colour catchers and they came out quite pink, but they did their job as the white is still white so all is good, thankfully!!!!!
So, enough waffling – lets get started!
1 x Oakshott Colourshott Brighton Rock F8 pack
1 yd Backing fabric
1/2 yd Wadding
1/4 yd Binding fabric
Finished size of table runner: 12 1/2” x 50”
Please remember to read through all the instructions before starting. All seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise stated.
Cut a 3” wide strip from the short end of each F8: from each of these cut 3 x1.5” hexagons
Cut the remaining F8 fabric into 1.5” strips length wise
From the backing fabric and wadding cut 6 x 6″ squares for the coasters, 15″ x 55″ for the table runner
Making the hexagon roses
Tip: Each rose is built up like a log-cabin block. I took each long strip, sewed it on to the hexagon, cut to size and then trimmed properly after pressing to make the process a bit speedier!
Following the above diagram for colour placement as you work your way around the hexagon, mixing up the light/dark fabrics on each of the roses so that there is an even distribution of colours across the table runner.
Take a hexagon. Pick up your first strip in the same colour and sew on to one side of the hexagon. Cut the strip. Press upwards.
Using a ruler, line up with the outside line where piece 2 will go and ensure it is square with the opposite side of the hexagon (on round two you can square up with the seam on round 1) (A)
Trim your rose following the line of the hexagon (B)
Rotate the hexagon to trim the other side in the same way as before (C & D)
Take your next strip and continue in the same way around until the rose is complete.
Make 6 roses up to round 1 (piece 6) for the coasters
Make 18 roses up to round 2 (piece 18) for the table runner
Tip: because of the pressing needed, it is quicker to sew all the Strip 1’s on, before pressing/ trimming/cutting, then Strip 2 and so on.
Cut five of the roses in half.
Making the table runner
Lay your roses out as per the diagram.
The roses are sewn together on the machine using the y-seam method.
For this step I’m going to send you over to Karen’s fabulous tutorialwhich is the one that I used: it very clearly describes each step and I think that she should have all the credit! If you’ve not sewn y-seams before, then please don’t be put off at this point as this was also my first time and it really is a lot easier than you would think!
When adding in the half roses, position the bottom short edge to the table runner and work out to the outside edge to ensure an accurate fit.
Trim each end to form the point following the line of the outer hexagon, and trim the long edges
Layer the quilt top, wadding and backing to make a quilt sandwich.
Quilt as desired. I stitched a 1/4″ around the outside of each rose using a variagated thread.
Bind the table runner in your preferred way.
To make the coasters
Layer the wadding, backing fabric (right side up) and rose (right side down).
Starting at piece 6, sew around the outside leaving a hole for turning, securing the beginning and end stitches. Trim the excess backing fabric and wadding and the corners so that the coasters will lay flat.
Turn out through the hole using a chopstick (or some other pointy thing!) to push the corners out. Press.
Topstitch to secure the opening and quilt as desired, again I used a varigated thread and stitched 1/8″ inside round one and the hexagon.