I've always been a big fan of Moda's toweling so I knew I needed to use it for the background of my table runner. The fabrics used in the applique are from my new Moda fabric line called Maryland. The panel in the line was inspired by the Baltimore Album blocks and woodblock prints. Below is an image of one of the designs from the panel.
I didn't use the panel in the table runner, but Coach House Design created a lovely quilt pattern using 2 of the panels. The pattern is called My Baltimore. The pattern is available at quilt shops now!
Ok, back to the table runner! At 60" long and 16" wide it's a nice size runner. Use a longer piece of toweling, repeat a design and you can make it as long as you want!
The pattern calls for 1 charm pack of a Maryland fabric and a fat quarter from the line.
It doesn't use all of the charm pack, but with the variety of fabrics in the pack, the leaves and cherries can all be from a wide variety of fabrics.
The applique is fused so you will need a fusible web. Lastly, we get to stitch it all up with lovely Valdani 12wt pearl cotton threads.
I'll show you the first steps here on my blog, but you can also check out the video tutorial on my YouTube channel - To the Point with Kathy Schmitz. Part 1 (applique placement and fabric choices) is available now. Part 2 (embroidery stitches) will be coming soon!
Gather your supplies:
Birch Lane pattern
Moda toweling Cream and Black #920-181 - 1 2/3 yd
Moda Maryland Trailing Vines - fat quarter
Moda Maryland Charm Pack
Valdani 12wt pearl cotton Wheat Husk 0514 and Ebony Almond 0501
Trace the applique designs onto the fusible web. Adhere the fusible web to the back of the fabric pieces used according to the direction.
In the pattern, it will tell you to use black print pieces for the bird bodies, solid black for the wings and heads, etc. In the video, I also talk about fussy cutting the cherries if you want to give that a try.
After all of the applique pieces have been cut out it's time to lay out the design. The directions tell you where to place the branches, birds, leaves, and cherries. In video there are other helpful tips too.
Do you need supplies?
The kits are gone, but I do have toweling, charm packs, and fabric if you are looking for these items.
Find the video tutorial here -
If you enjoy fusible applique and embroidery you might also want to check out my pattern
16" x 20"
This pattern takes Moda black flannel 22" x 26" for the background and a Moda Maryland Charm pack for the applique (plus a tough of red fabric for the cherry). This one is also embroidered with Valdani 12wt pearl cotton threads.