Now, all that needs to be done is to sew your rows together diagonally and your done and ready to quilt!
Oh, goodness, I forgot to look ahead! I also had this optional method of applique! Its wonderful too!
Appliques ~ for those who prefer a different way of appliqueing you can make templates of your applique pieces. I prefer no-melt mylar. Once you choose your fabrics, cut your fabric 1/4" larger than your mylar pieces. Stitch a basting stitch an 1/8" from the edge all the way around your cut out fabric piece. Place the mylar on the wrong side of the piece of fabric and draw up the thread around the mylar and tie it off. Now press and I prefer using sizing at this stage to make sharp creases. Once cooled, remove the thread and mylar.
Appliques ~ I use starch but you can use sizing as well. If your starch is a spray you can spray some in the lid of your can. You take a brush and apply starch only to the 1/4" of fabric that extends out from the template. I applied the starch to the whole perimeter of the circle. Then, with a toothpick in my left hand and mini iron (you can use a regular iron, however, its a little more awkward) in my right, I move around the circle pressing down the 1/4" seam allowance. The edge wet with starch will iron down nicely and stay in place! That's the key, that it stays in place! Then, I set it aside until its cooled. Once cooled, I run the toothpick underneath the freezer paper to loosen it and pull it out. When the appliques are prepared place them on your blocks, baste down and stitch down the perimeter or machine stitch down!
Let's look at our applique blocks now. The first pic shows you the background blocks and setting triangles. There are only 4 applique background blocks. I will show you my preferred method of applique, however, there are many out there. First, pick out your charm squares for your flowers, stems and leaves. Then, make freezer paper cutouts of each applique piece and iron the wax side to the back side of the fabric. Now, cut out your applique pieces leaving 1/4" seam allowance around the whole piece. Monday I will show you how to prepare your edges so they are effectively turned under.
Begin by sewing rectangles to the side of all your half-square triangles. Make sure your HST is facing the correct way before attaching the rectangle! Then, with the remaining HST's sew a 2-1/2" square to the end. Once these are all completed, sew them to the top of your HST/rectangle units. You have your twelve pieced blocks needed for the table runner!!! Wahoo!!!
With the charms that you layered and drew the lines on, sew down either side of the center line. Now cut them apart and press to the dark side. Now, cut all your 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles and 2-1/2" corner posts and get them ready! Tomorrow, we will built our blocks!
Here's our Pack of Posies stash!!! I began by separating all the charm squares by light, medium dark and backgrounds. At least, this is how I saw light, medium and dark (chuckle)! Its important to set your background charms aside as they will be very important later on as they will be your setting triangles and posy applique blocks. From six of your light fabrics (not background fabrics) you will draw a diagonal line through the center and then a 1/4" line on either side of the center line on the wrong side