Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt-along—Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt-along. Last week, we talked about the fabric requirements for this project, as well as the cutting instructions. I hope you all have your fabric on hand and ready. Today we are going to make (2) Modern Pine Trees quilt blocks and (2) Poinsettia Flowers quilt blocks. Let’s get started!

Modern Pine Trees and Poinsettias Quilt Blocks

Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt-Along—Week 2

Finished Size: 12″ x 84″
Block Size: 12″ x 12″ Finished
Number of Blocks: 7

Instructions to Make the Modern Pine Trees Quilt Blocks

The Modern Pine Trees quilt block is Foundation Paper Pieced. Reduce your stitch length so that the paper template will perforate easily when you are finished. I used 1.4 stitch length on my BERNINA 770 QE.

BERNINA 770QE Stitch Length

Collect the fabric you cut for the Modern Pine Trees quilt blocks in Week 1, as well as the 8 copies of Modern Pine Trees Template, printed at “100%” or “Actual Size”. Be sure to check the scaling ruler on the template to ensure it printed correctly.

Step 1: Select (1) 5″ x 7″ Kona Asparagus rectangle (Template Piece 1) and place it right side out on the back of your template, making sure to cover the entire area of Template Space 1. Pin or glue stick into place.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 2: Select (1) 3″ x 7-1/2″ White rectangle (Template Piece 2). Place it right sides together to Template Piece 1, which you pinned into place in Step 1. Hold your template up to the light and make sure at least 1/4″ of the white fabric overlaps into Template Space 2. This will probably feel backwards and wrong the first few times you do it—don’t worry!  Pin or hold into place.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 3: Sew along the seam line on the template between Template Pieces 1 and 2. Be sure to sew a bit into the seam allowance. You may also backstitch at the beginning and end.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 4: Trim your seam allowance to 1/4″. I do this by folding the paper away on the stitched line, and using my quilting ruler to measure 1/4″ away from the stitched line.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 5: Your block should now look as shown below.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Press your fabric.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 6: Select your fabric cut for Template Piece 3. Place it right side together to Template Piece 1. Just like in Step 2, hold your template up to the light and make sure at least 1/4″ of the fabric overlaps into Template Space 1. Pin or hold into place.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 7: Sew along the seam line on the template, once again remembering to sew a bit into the seam allowance.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 8: Fold back your template as shown, trim the seam allowance, and press your fabric.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Your block should look something like below.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 9:  Flip your block so the printer paper is face up.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 10:  Using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter, trim your blocks to the 1/4″ seam allowance. This seam allowance is included on your printed template, however I still like to measure 1/4″ away from the block line to ensure accuracy. (When cutting out paper piecing templates, it can be easy to accidentally cut away some of the printed seam allowance guide.)

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 11: Repeat Steps 1 to 10 and piece (7) additional Modern Trees quilt block units for a total of (8) Modern Trees quilt block units. At this point, I like to remove my paper before sewing my units together. This is a personal preference. Optionally, you may remove your paper after assembling the block.

** If you’ve removed your paper, change your stitch length back to standard piecing size. **

Step 12: Select (2) Kona Asparagus Modern Pine Tree units, (2) Kona Kale Modern Pine Tree Units, and (2) 2-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ white rectangles. Lay out your fabric as shown.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 13: Stitch your top Modern Pine Tree units together. Press your seams open. Stitch your bottom Modern Pine Tree units together. Press your seams open. Stitch your top and bottom Modern Pine Tree row units together. Press your seams open.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 14:  Stitch your 2-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ white rectangles to the sides of your Modern Pine Trees component. Press your seams.

Modern Pine Trees Quilt Block Pattern

Step 15: Repeat steps 12 to 14 to make an additional Modern Pine Trees quilt block for a total of (2) Modern Pine Trees quilt blocks.

Instructions to Make the Poinsettia Flowers Quilt Blocks

The Poinsettia Flowers quilt block is Foundation Paper Pieced. Reduce your stitch length so that the paper template will perforate easily when you are finished. I used 1.4 stitch length on my BERNINA 770 QE.

Collect the fabric you cut for the Poinsettia Flowers quilt blocks in Week 1, as well as the 4 copies of Poinsettia Flowers Template, printed at “100%” or “Actual Size”. Be sure to check the scaling ruler on the template to ensure it printed correctly.

Step 1: Select (1) 2″ x 2″ Kona Peony square (Template Piece 1) and place it right side out on the back of your template, making sure to cover the entire area of Template Space 1. Pin or glue stick into place.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 2: Select (1) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White HST (Template Piece 2). Place it right sides together to Template Piece 1, which you pinned into place in Step 1. Hold your template up to the light and make sure at least 1/4″ of the white fabric overlaps into Template Space 2. Pin or hold into place.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 3: Sew along the seam line on the template between Template Pieces 1 and 2. Be sure to sew a bit into the seam allowance. You may also backstitch at the beginning and end. Remove your pins.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 4: Trim your seam allowance to 1/4″. I do this by folding the paper away on the stitched line, and using my quilting ruler to measure 1/4″ away from the stitched line.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 5: Press your fabric open.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 6: Select your fabric cut for Template Piece 3. Place it right side together to Template Piece 1. Just like in Step 2, hold your template up to the light and make sure at least 1/4″ of the fabric overlaps into Template Space 1. Pin or hold into place.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 7: Sew along the seam line on the template, once again remembering to sew a bit into the seam allowance.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 8: Trim the seam allowance and press your fabric open.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 9: Repeat this process for Template Pieces 4 through 11.

Step 10: Once you have pieced and pressed all your Template Pieces, your block should look something like below.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Flip your block so the printer paper is face up.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 11:  Using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter, trim your blocks to the 1/4″ seam allowance. This seam allowance is included on your printed template, however I still like to measure 1/4″ away from the block line to ensure accuracy. (When cutting out paper piecing templates, it can be easy to accidentally cut away some of the printed seam allowance guide.)

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 12: Repeat steps 1 to 11 and piece (3) additional Poinsettia Flowers quilt block units for a total of (4) Poinsettia Flowers quilt block units. At this point, I like to remove my paper before sewing my units together. This is a personal preference. Optionally, you may remove your paper after assembling the block.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

** If you’ve removed your paper, change your stitch length back to standard piecing size. **

Step 13: Select (2) Poinsettia Flowers quilt block units and (2) 3-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ white rectangles. Lay out your fabric as shown.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 14: Stitch your (2) Poinsettia Flowers quilt block units together. Press your seams open.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 15:  Stitch your 3-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ white rectangles to the sides of your Poinsettia Flowers component. Press your seams open.

Poinsettias Quilt Block Pattern

Step 16: Repeat steps 13 to 15 to make an additional Poinsettia Flowers quilt block for a total of (2) Poinsettia Flowers quilt blocks.

Thank you to all who stitched along with me today!  Stop by next week as we continue foundation paper piecing with our Snowflakes quilt blocks, and then traditionally piece the Golden Star quilt block centerpiece.

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