Welcome to Clue #2 of the Mystery of the Scrappy Thanksgiving Table Runner!
We are pleased you are joining us again. If this is your first time to visit our Thanksgiving mystery quilt series, it’s not too late to join in. You can find out about the mystery and find your materials list in the first clue.
We are also really excited to see all the quilters that have joined our Facebook group at #TQCMysteryQuilt over the last couple of weeks. People from all over the world joined us for our Halloween mystery series and are continuing with the series to make the Thanksgiving table runner. It’s awesome to be part of the conversation with all these quilters! We hope you will join us.
Let’s get started with clue #2
As I got ready to cut the patches for clue #2 I was VERY conscious of the fact that I would be sewing part of the project and Tricia would be sewing part of the project. Accuracy in each step is super important since we are sharing this project.
First I pressed. Tricia wondered if I would do that since our methods of sorting the scraps are so different. She explained our methods in the first post and we’ve laughed about our differences several times since. I told Tricia the other day that I made my sister crazy when we were young girls and shared a bedroom because I was so messy. I said, “My sister marked a line down the middle of the room …” and immediately Tricia started laughing – before I even finished my sentence. Tricia says in her childhood home she was the sister with the masking tape marking the line.
Anyway, we did get all the fabric sorted and have a nice stack of batiks to choose from for our scrappy Thanksgiving table runner. In fact, we had way more fabric than is called for in the first clue materials list so I put aside a couple of the pieces. Maybe Tricia will want to use them for her sections.
You don’t have to use batiks for this project, and you don’t have to make your runner scrappy. We chose scrappy because we had the fabrics on hand and didn’t have to buy more fabric. And, we chose batiks because we thought the greens, golds, rusts, and reds would give us a nice subtle blend of color, like the brilliant leaves you see trees across the United States in the fall season.
Ready to start cutting fabric for our table runner?
Assorted Rust Batiks
8 rectangles (A) 1½” x 2½”
4 rectangles (C) 1½” x 3½”
Assorted Cream Batiks
44 squares (B) 1½” x 1½”
4 squares (F) 2″ x 2″
Assorted Green Batiks
8 rectangles (A) 1½” x 2½”
8 squares (B) 1½” x 1½”
8 rectangles (C) 1½” x 3½”
8 rectangles (D) 1½” x 2¼”
Assorted Gold Batiks
4 squares (E) 3¼” x 3¼”
Assorted Red Batiks
4 squares (G) 3½” x 3½”
Let’s start sewing our Thanksgiving table runner!
All of the units you make this week use the Stitch-and-Flip method of construction. It’s pretty easy.
Align a cream B patch on the corner of a rust A patch right sides together. (Photo 1)
Mark a diagonal line on the B patch from corner to corner and sew on the marked line. (Photo 2)
Trim the seam allowance to ¼”. (Photo 3)
Flip the B patch open and press. (Photo 4)
Make 6 unit 1’s with rust A’s and cream B’s.
Using the same stitch & flip method, make unit 2 with rust A’s and cream B’s. Notice the stitching goes in the opposite direction from unit 1’s. Make 2 unit 2’s. (Photo 5)
Unit 2 – Make 2
Using the stitch & flip method make unit 3 with green A’s and cream B’s. Make 6 unit 3’s. (Photo 6)
Unit 3 – Make 6
Make 2 unit 4’s with green A’s and cream B’s; again notice the stitching is the opposite direction from unit 3’s. (Photo7)
Unit 4 – Make 2
Make 4 unit 5’s with cream B’s and rust C’s. (Photo 8)
Unit 5 – Make 4
Make 4 unit 6’s with cream B’s and green C’s. (Photo 9)
Unit 6 – Make 4
Make 4 unit 7’s with cream B’s and green C’s. Note the stitching is the opposite direction as the unit 6’s. (Photo 10)
Unit 7 – Make 4
Make 4 unit 8’s with cream B’s and green D’s. (Photo 11)
Unit 8 – Make 4
Make 4 unit 9’s with cream B’s and green D’s. Note the stitching is the opposite direction as the unit 8’s. (Photo 12)
Unit 9 – Make 4
Make unit 10 with 2 green B’s, gold E, and cream F. Use the stitch & flip method to add a green B to opposite sides of a gold E, as shown. (photos 1 and 2)
Then add a cream F to another corner as shown. (Photos 3 and 4) Make 4 unit 10’s.
Unit 10 – Make 4
In the same way, make unit 11 as shown with 2 cream B’s and 1 red G. (photos 1 and 2) Make 4.
Unit 11 – Make 4
If you would like a more detailed explanation of the stitch and flip technique, Diane Harris has a great lesson available on our website, Stitch-and-Flip the Simple Way.
Or check out the lesson by Judy Hansen, Learn the Stitch-and-Flip Technique for Quilt! Great Stash-Bust Project! for a placemat project.
That’s all you need to do for clue #2!
You have finished the piecing for this clue of the Mystery of the Scrappy Thanksgiving Table Runner for this week. Put all those units in a safe place for next time. Be sure to join Tricia to learn clue #3. And, then I’ll return clue #4 for the BIG REVEAL, making the blocks and finished the table runner quilt top.