Hot and Spicy

Materials

Fabrics requirements are for one runner and four placemats Fabrics used are from the Zanzibar range by Makower UK

  • 60cm of Spice Stripe 772
  • Fat Quarter of Spice Rack 770
  • Fat Quarter of Cream Spice Mat 773 Q
  • Fat Quarter of Mustard Seed 774
  • Fat Quarter of Kiwi Ground Spice 775 G3
  • Fat Quarter of Saffron Ground Spice N8
  • Fat Quarter of Turmeric Ground Spice 775 Y4
  • Fat Quarter of Cinnamon Ground Spice 775 V7
  • Fat Quarter of Green Star Anise 776 G
  • Fat Quarter of Brown Star Anise 776 N
  • Fat Quarter of Gold Star Anise 776 Y
  • 1.4m of Scattered Spice 771
  • 75cm of Paprika Ground Spice 775 R5 for binding
  • 70cm of 90in cotton wadding
  • 25cm Stitch and Tear (or similar)

Finished Size

Runner 132 x 30cm (52 x 12in) Placemat 40 x 30cm (16 x 12in)

Skill Level

Intermediate

Table Runner Blocks

  1. Take the four fabrics for the background squares, Cream Spice Mat, Mustard Seed, Gold Star Anise, Turmeric Ground Spice and, following the diagram in Figure 1, cut four 6 1⁄2in squares and six 4 1⁄2in squares from each of the four fabrics. Metric fat quarters are a little larger so you may have some over for your fabric collection. The smaller squares are for the runner and the larger squares for the placemats. Put the placemat squares to one side and continue to make the runner.
  2. Take the 24 4 1⁄2in squares and sew into pairs with different fabrics in each pair. Sew together into a row of two squares by twelve squares spreading the colours evenly along the row.
  3. Draw circles approximately matching these measurements for the appliqué detail (8in, 6in, 5 1⁄2in, 4in, 2 1⁄2in). You can use something from the kitchen or if wished you can make cardboard templates.
  4. Using the guide in Figure 2, cut out the circles from each of these fabrics: Spice Rack, Kiwi Ground Spice, Saffron Ground Spice, Cinnamon Ground Spice, Paprika Ground Spice, Green Star Anise, Brown Star Anise.
  5. Take the 5 1⁄2in, 4in and 2 1⁄2in circles (put the others to one side for the placemats) and ‘audition’ them in different colour combinations together as shown in the photographs. Place the circles on each other as you wish – concentrically or asymmetrically for movement.
  6. Appliqué the circles down with a wide satin stitch, stabilizing your work with a tear-away Vilene (or similar) at the back. This is important to prevent your work stretching and distorting as you stitch on the bias. You can vary the colours of the thread you use for the satin stitching to give a contrasting outline or use a variegated thread that co-ordinates.

Handy Hint! For cutting out the circles: Trace the various sizes onto freezer paper, cut them out and iron them onto the fabrics as patterns to cut around

Figure 1: Layout for cutting the background
Figure 1: Layout for cutting the background

Table Runner Border

Table Runner
Table Runner
  1. Cut four 2 1⁄2in wide border strips from the Spice Stripe. Cut one strip so that you can sew to create two that are long enough for the sides of the runner. Sew two to the sides and two shorter pieces to the ends of the runner. You can mitre the corners or sew them on square whichever you prefer.
  2. Cut the backing fabric slightly larger all round than your runner and lay RS down on a flat surface. Put the wadding on top and then the pieced top RS up. Smooth out all the wrinkles and bumps. Tack by hand, or use safety pins or spray baste.
  3. Quilt by hand or machine repeating the circular design, ‘in the ditch’ or in a grid – however you fancy. As the fabrics are quite busy and with the colour changes, you may want to use an invisible thread.
  4. Trim and square the edges of the sandwich neatly. Cut ten 1 1⁄2in wide strips from paprika ground spice and join into one long strip. This is sufficient for the runner and the placemats. Sew on the binding, mitring the corners and hand stitching the binding down on the back.
Figure 2: Layout for cutting appliqué circles
Figure 2: Layout for cutting appliqué circles

Placemats

  1. Take four different 6 1⁄2in fabric squares that you cut for the runner in step 1 above and sew together in groups of four different squares. Repeat with the remaining 6 1⁄2in squares to sew three more four patch blocks.
  2. Take the 8in, 6in and 4in circles and 'audition' different colour combinations together. Place the circles on each other as you wish – concentrically or asymmetrically for movement.
  3. Appliqué the circles down with a wide satin stitch as before, stabilizing your work with a tear-away Vilene (or similar) at the back.
  4. Cut three 2 1⁄2in wide border strips from the Spice Stripe. Add two border strips to the sides of each of the blocks. Trim them to match the block size after they are sewn in position.
  5. Layer up the backing, wadding and the placemats smoothing out all wrinkles and bumps as before, cutting the backing and wadding about 1in larger all round than each placemat. Tack by hand or spray baste to hold the three layers together while you are quilting.
  6. Quilt by hand or machine, repeating the circular design, 'in the ditch' or in a grid. Echo quilting would repeat the circles outwards toward the edge of the mat Use your foot to measure against the previous row. You can use a different design on each of the mats if you wished.
  7. Trim and square the edges of the sandwich neatly. Sew on the binding, mitring the corners and hand stitching the binding down on the back. Congratulations and well done!

First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 14 Number 11 - October 2006