Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September Blog Hop Day 1: Urban Oasis Table Runner

Welcome! It's Day 1 of our September blog hop, and we're thrilled to have Kristen from KD-Quilts here sharing a modern table runner design using Kitty Yoshida's Urban Oasis fabrics. Enjoy Kristen's tutorial and then keep reading to find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of these gorgeous prints!

Hello! I'm Kristen Danis and I blog over at KD-Quilts. When I'm not behind my sewing machine, I spend my time with my 2.5 year old. We live in Virginia Beach and I am the founder and current president of the VBMQG. 

I am so thrilled to be here at Sew in Love again to share my newest tutorial with you! For my table runner, I chose to use Urban Oasis, a new line for Benartex. I have always loved purple, and this line just jumped at me! I love the sketchy feel of the prints, and the leopard print...LOVE!


::You Need::

  • Fat Quarter of magenta print for pinwheels 
  • Fat Quarter of white background 
  • 1/2 yard each of floral on purple and floral on white for inner and outer borders 
  • 1/3 yard leopard print for binding
  • 2/3 yard backing fabric


Cut six 6" squares from both magenta pinwheel print and background fabric. 
Cut two 2-1/4" x 7" strips of inner border fabric
Cut two 2-1/4" x WOF strips of inner border fabric
Cut two 3-1/2" x WOF strips of outer border fabric
Cut four 2-1/4" x WOF strips for binding


Place a pinwheel print and a background square right sides together. Sew 1/4" seam around ALL FOUR EDGES. Yes, this encloses the whole square. This is good, trust me!

 Draw diagonal lines from each corner.

 Cut along each line. This will give you four half square triangle units. Press to the darker side.

 Trim the dog ears.

 Assemble the HSTs into pinwheels. 
 You will need 6 pinwheel units, each measuring 7". 

 Sew all 6 pinwheels into a strip. Now it's time to attach the borders. First sew the 2-1/4" x 7" border strips to the short ends of the pinwheel strip (1, 2). Then sew the 2 long strips from border one on the top and bottom (3, 4). Finally, sew the second border stirps to the top and bottom (5,6).  

 Baste. Quilt. Bind. I chose to quilt mine with straight lines. 

Thanks Kristen! 
Head over to Kristen's blog to find out how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Urban Oasis.

Don't miss the other tutorials (and giveaways!) featured in our September blog hop:
Day 1: You're here!
Day 2: QAYG Drawstring Backpack from the Benartex blog team


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  1. Ilove your table runner. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That's a pretty slick way to make half square triangles!

  3. I follow your blog and the Benartex blog. This table runner is terrific and would make nice placemats too.

  4. Such an awesome HST technique and such a gorgeous table runner! Running to the sewing machine to try it now.

  5. Nice table runner, love the colors.

  6. Beautiful colors and prints. Take care with those bias edges! They can make your blocks a bit wavy. Spray starch will help. The quilting is very beautiful - love those straight lines!

  7. This would be a great application of the Quilt in a Day HST get 8 HSTs out of two squares of fabric ....without bias edges!!

  8. that is the coolest way to make 1/2 square triangles.

  9. New follower of your blog. Love the colors of the Urban Oasis.

  10. Lovely thanks for the tutorial

  11. I missed the blog hop but am happy to see the tutorials. This runner is awesome. I LOVE the great colors in these fabrics.