ambition™ - Gentle Waves Bed Runner

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Ombré fabric was used to create the appliquéd squares on this simple yet stunning bed runner. Soft, ocean waves inspired the colors and echo quilting. The finished size is approximately  102” x 27”(259cm x 69cm).

Sewing Supplies:

  • One roll INSPIRATM Paper-Backed Fusible Web
  • #620133496
  • 11⁄2 yards(1.4m) ombré fabric, for square appliqués  NOTE: Yardage requirements listed are based on an ombré fabric that has a lighter center, progressing to a darker color closest to the selvage. More yardage may be needed if selected ombré fabric differs from this.
  • 31⁄2 yards(3.2m) fabric for background and binding
  • 3 yards(2.7m) fabric for backing
  • One 31” x 108”(79cm x 2.7m) piece low-loft cotton batting
  • All-purpose sewing thread to match fabrics
  • Variegated sewing thread for pin stitching and quilting
  • Rotary mat, cutter and ruler
  • Fabric marking pen/pencil
  • Hand sewing needle

Cutting:

From ombré fabric:

  • Two pieces: 13”(33cm) square from lightest portion of fabric
  • Six pieces: 12”(30.5cm) square from darkest portion of fabric One piece: 10”(25.4cm) square from dark portion of fabric
  • Two pieces: 10” (25.4cm) square from the light portion of fabric Two pieces: 10” (25.4cm) square from the medium portion of fabric

From backing fabric:

  • One piece: 108” L x 32” W(2.7m x 0.8m)

From background fabric:

  • One piece:   l06” L x 30” W(2.6m x 0.8m)
  • 21⁄2”(6.4cm) wide bias strips, enough to equal 270”(6.9m)

From INSPIRA™ Paperbacked Fusible Web:

  • Forty Four Pieces: ½”(45.7cm) L x full width of fusible web

 

Constructing the Triangle Square Appliqués:

Note: ¼”(.6cm) seam allowances are used unless specified

Making Square A:

1. Place the two lightest color ombré squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner
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2. Stitch ¼”(.6cm) away from both sides of marked line
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3. Cut on marked line. Press seams open.
4. Place both seamed squares right sides together, seams matching, as shown. Draw a line from corner to corner 
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5. Stitch ¼”(.6cm) from each side of line. Cut on solid line. Press seam open. Set aside.
 
Making E Squares:
1. Take one 12”(30.5cm) square of the darkest ombré fabric. Cut the square in half from corner to corner. Cut in half again from corner to corner. You now have four triangles 
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2. R epeat Step One for the remaining five 12”(30.5cm) dark squares. Keep the four triangles of each square cut in place.
3. Remove the lightest triangle of the four and replace it with a dark triangle from another square. Keep the arrangement in place 
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4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have four squares made up of four dark triangles.
5. Sew two sets of triangles together from one square. Press seam open. Repeat for the remaining two triangles.
6. Place the pair from Step 5 right sides together, matching the seams in the center, and sew. Press the seams open 
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7. Repeat until you have four completed squares.
 
Making Remaining Squares B, C, and D:
1. Cut the remaining 10”(25.4cm) squares in to four triangles as in step one of E square directions.
2. You will have more triangles cut than will be used to make squares B, C, and D. This gives some flexibility to make a pleasing arrangement of light/medium, medium/dark, and light dark squares. When combining triangles you may have different size triangles in an arrangement. That is fine, as long as you match the seams in the center. Excess fabric will be trimmed off later.
3. B squares are made up of two light triangles and two dark triangles. Sew two sets of triangles together from one square. Press seams open. Repeat for the remaining two triangles. Make two complete squares
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4. C squares are made up of three medium triangles and one light triangle. Sew two sets of triangles together from one square. Press seams open. Repeat for the remaining two triangles. Make two complete squares
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5. D squares are made up of three medium triangles and one dark triangle. Sew two sets of triangles together from one square. Press seams open. Make two complete squares
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Preparing the Appliqués:
1. Mark A squares to measure 11”(27.9cm) square.
2. Mark B squares to measure 8½”(21.6cm) square.
3. Mark C squares to measure 6”(15.2cm) square.
4. Mark D squares to measure 7”(17.8cm) square.
5. Mark E squares to measure 10”(25.4cm) square.
6. Fold and press seam allowance to the back on the marked line of each square. Trim the seam allowance to about
3⁄8”(9.5mm), as necessary.
7. Apply strips of INSPIRATM Paper-Backed Fusible Web to back side of each square following manufacturer’s directions. Apply the strips to the top edge and the bottom edge, then do each side. This helps eliminate bulk at the corners
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Positioning Squares to Appliqué on Background:
1. Draw an outline on piece of background fabric to measure 102”x 27”(2.6m x 0.7m)
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2. Position squares on the background fabric using the following diagram to position in place
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 TIP: Position squares A and E first, then the
remaining squares.
3. Remove paper backing from INSPIRATM Paper-Backed Fusible Web on each square.
4. When squares overlap, fuse only the under square in place, until step 3 of the Securing Appliqué section of the directions. Fuse remaining squares in place according to manufacturer’s directions.
 
Securing Appliqués:
1. Thread machine with variegated sewing thread in needle and all-purpose thread in the bobbin.
2. Set machine for stitch 37. Length= 4.0 Width = 2.5.
3. S titch around each square, pivoting at each corner. Do not back stitch. Pull threads to the back and knot the threads to secure instead
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N OTE: When squares overlap, pin-stitch line under square first. Then fuse and pin stitch top square in place.
TIP: Engage Needle Up/Down for ease pivoting.
 
Quilting:
NOTE: Continue to use variegated sewing thread in needle and all-purpose thread in the bobbin for these quilting steps.
1. Place the backing on a flat surface, wrong side up. Place batting over backing, matching raw edges. Center appliquéd quilt top over batting. Baste in place.
2. Set machine to a straight stitch. Stitch-in-the-ditch on all appliquéd squares. Do not backstitich. Pull threads to the back and knot the threads to secure instead
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3. Adjust the needle position to stitch ½”(1.3cm) from squares. Lengthen the stitch to 3.0-3.5. Stitch around each square, pivoting at the corners. For more precise pivoting, engage Needle Up/Down. Do not backstitich or machine tie off. Pull threads to the back and knot the threads to secure instead
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4. Continue to stitch around squares to “echo” the first row of stitching. Refer to photo of completed project for ideas on “echo” quilting
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 TIP: Try the multi-line decorative foot for greater visibility and more precise alignment of echo stitching.
5. Trim quilt to measure 102”L x 27”W(2.6m x 0.7m).
 
Binding:
1. Place ends of the binding strips right sides together, as shown. Stitch together to form one long strip. Trim seam allowances. Press seams open
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2. Fold and press binding in half matching raw edges. Be careful not to pull or stretch bias binding as you press. Trim the corners from the seam that overhang the edge or the fabric
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3. P in binding to back side of quilt, matching raw edges and mitering at corners. Sew in place with a straight stitch
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4. Bring binding to front, wrapping raw edges of quilt. Pin in place
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5. Top stitch binding in place close to fold of the binding. Use Needle Up/Down to pivot at corners for perfect angles
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