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Charlotte's TIPS for working with 
QUILTSMART'S Tumbling Blocks INTERFACING

Quiltsmart's Tumbling Blocks Printed Interfacing
& Instructions booklet can be found here:

http://www.sewnatural.net/nli.asp?iid=22619

I made this TABLE RUNNER, using 1 panel of TUMBLING BLOCKS interfacing, 
1 MODA CHARM PACK, 
and black background fabric.

The interfacing panels can be trimmed, or pieced together (with an iron) to make rows as short or long as you need.




Layer the fusible side of the interfacing together with the right side of your pieced fabric.  It is important that your pieces stitch to exactly 2-inches wide.
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  The seams must fall exactly on the vertical lines printed on the interfacing.  Stitch on the solid lines, trim on the dotted lines. The ends are left open.
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Clip the inside pivots to the stitching line.
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Turn and carefully push out the points and pinch the edges flat.  I use a PURPLE THANG, one of my favorite tools!  (Click on the picture for a larger image and you may be able to see the Thang inside the tube.)

Stitch the fabric strips together in a random order, OR pay attention to creating a pattern and stitch in order.  The Quiltsmart directions even come with a handy design sheet for reproducing and coloring.
Keep in mind that to form the diamond shape between the rows, the rows will alternate directions.
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I used a PRESSING SHEET to iron my tubes flat and keep them from sticking to the ironing board.  
After the tubes are turned and the edges are pressed, iron them to the background fabric.  Be sure to alternate the rows.  
The picture here shows what will happen if you have one going the wrong direction.
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The strips are then stitched to the background fabric using a narrow zig-zag on the sewing machine.  I used clear thread and a fine Microtex Sharp Needle 60/8 from Schmetz.
To cut down one step, I chose to sandwich the runner top, batting & backing before I started stitching.  Now the appliqué stitching is also the quilting!  The zig-zag stitch is so narrow, that, at first glance, it actually looks like a straight stitch on the back of the runner.

Quiltsmart's instructions include directions for several size projects, from TABLE RUNNER, to BED-SIZE quilts.  Here is my finished Runner, but you can see how by simply doubling the size, two panels would produce a darling BABY QUILT!


 


 

 

     
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