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Part Two – Slicing and Dicing Technique

Tutorial by: Carli Heinrichs of Good Earth Quilting. Visit Carli’s blog too.

See Part One: Two Hour Table Runner – Fast & Stylish Too!

Step 1: You’ll start with 5 fat quarters, one the focus fabric, 2 lights and 2 darks.

Step 1 Tutorial 2nd Part GEQ

Step 2: Layer the fat quarters face up, 1st light fabric, 1st dark fabric, focus fabric, 2nd light fabric, 2nd dark fabric.

Step 2 Tutorial 2nd Part GEQ

Step 3: Make only 4 vertical cuts with rotary cutter across and through all layers of the fat quarters. Make these cuts off centre on any angle that is workable for sewing together fast, try to vary the width of each cut, this is where it gets very individual.

Step 3 Tutorial 2nd Part GEQ

Step 4: Start with the far left stack of slices:

  • Take 1 top slice and move it to the bottom of the 1st stack.
  • Moving to the right always, take 2 top slices and move them to the bottom of 2nd stack.
  • Take 3 top slices and move to the bottom of 3rd stack.
  • Take 4 top slices and move to the bottom of 4th stack.
  • 5th stack, leave whole.

Step 4 Tutorial 2nd Part GEQ

Tip: You’ll know you’ve done it correctly if you can see one fabric slice from each of the 5 fat quarters chosen. These will form the first block.

Step 5: Next, sew all the slices into blocks pieced together, working on only one whole block at a time. This prevents getting the blocks mixed up.

Step 5 Tutorial 2nd Part GEQ

Step 6: Always stack the pieced blocks in the same order as they came off your table.

Step 7: Press seams at the end of completing each block, not during or after each seam, it’s unnecessary.

Step 8: Once all blocks are pieced and pressed, turn the blocks so that the seams are now horizontal to you.

Step 9: Cut another 4 cuts with your rotary cutter and ruler across the pieced blocks.

Step 6 Tutorial 2nd Part GEQ

Step 10: Repeat the shuffling as done before to the stacks of pieced strips.

Step 11: Sew all the strips together once more and finish with trimming the blocks to a 16 in. square.

Step 7 Tutorial 2nd Part GEQ

Step 12: If you can’t fit the 16″ square, don’t worry about it. Just square up and trim your blocks to a matching size.

Posted: August 18th, 2011

Topics: Free Projects, Tips and Tricks

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4 Responses to “Part Two – Slicing and Dicing Technique”

  1. Deborah says:

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for another great pattern.
    I made one top yesterday from Tuesday’s pattern. I love how easy it went together. I will try this one, too.

  2. Thanks Deborah,

    I’m so happy to hear that you like it. I’ve found that its just the cats meow for making table runners super fast for quick gift. Or you can take the blocks and build around them, add sashing to them, whatever your little heart wants to do!
    I’ve have more coming to my blog soon, you might want to subscribe to my blog, Blended Fabric Quilts.

  3. Connie says:

    This looks neat! I’ll have to try it, we can all use fast and easy gifts plus a great way to use up some of our stash!

  4. Geraldine says:

    This looks like so much fun. Sort of along the idea of the Splintered Design. (which I admire, but have not jumped in and made one yet, even have the fabric.) I am so bad.

    Anyway, really enjoyed the turorial.

    A Northern BC neighbour.

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