I finally dusted off my sewing machine and made this summery table runner for a gift using a charm pack and a half yard of white fabric. The fabric is Treasures and Tidbits.
To make this quick runner cut 160 squares 1.75" x 1.75", and pick out 40 – 5" squares or use a charm pack.
Make a snowball block by sewing a white square in each corner of the 5" square. I find it easiest to chain piece when I make these blocks, and as you can see down below I used my masking tape trick instead of marking all of those tiny squares with pencil lines.
Then sew them together 4 blocks in a row & 10 rows. Or 10 blocks in a row & 4 rows….whatever suites your fancy.
I got A LOT of questions about keeping my lines straight when I do straight line quilting. Usually I use the edge of my foot as a guide….or if I’m doing thicker lines I have a nifty bar/guide that hooks into my walking foot. I think more than anything straight lines just take practice…lots and lots of practice. But even after lots of practice you’ll still get some crooked lines…guaranteed (see those quilting lines up there??? crooked!) So don’t be so hard on yourselves if you get a crooked line here or there. :)