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Kirstyn Cogan is the author of Urban Scandinavian Sewing (Stash Books) and the designer behind P&B Textile’s Urban Scandinavian Basics (plus the B + W prints!).

From the publisher:

    Stitch your way to Scandinavian style as you embrace minimal, sleek design. Luxuriate in the textures of summery linens and winter wools as you sew 18 projects, from upscale home decor to wearables. You’ll love the chic yet beginner-friendly stitching and embroidery patterns— the perfect way to embellish ready-mades or to sew from scratch. These projects offer beautiful, functional designs for contemporary living. Designer and author Kirstyn Cogan immerses you in her Nordic culture, with handcrafted modern items to make for your home and family— plus scrumptious-sounding recipes and scintillating tidbits about the regional traditions.

Kirstyn designed this Urban Scandinavian Winter Runner, which works for your bed or table. Freshen up your home this winter or make a runner as a lovely gift this holiday season! You can learn more about Kirstyn in her introduction, and see her work on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Kirstyn is giving away a copy of Urban Scandinavian Sewing and six fat quarters from the Urban Scandinavian Basics collection. Your comment below enters you to win!


There’s no longarm or fancy quilting equipment required to make this simple appliquéd runner! It’s easy and fun to make… It’s perfect for some last minute holiday décor. This project is a variation of the Appliqued Winter Quilt from Urban Scandinavian Sewing (C&T Publishing/Stash Books), and uses fabric from the Urban Scandinavian collection (for P&B Textiles).

Finished size: 13″ x 70″ (give or take)

This size fits across a double bed. You can add or decrease the length of the fabric depending on the size that’s right for you.

Materials:
Note: If you are using solid white fabric for the background, use bleached white cotton batting and bleached white muslin.

  • Fabric for front and back: 2 yards total
  • Fabric for appliqués: 5-6 coordinating fabrics – 11″ x 18″
  • Muslin: 2 yards (24″ wide)
  • Cotton Batting: 2 yards – low loft
  • 2 yards of iron-on adhesive (Heat’n’Bond FeatherLite)
  • Scissors
  • Thread to coordinate with fabric
  • Hand sewing needle (for hand basting)
  • Straight Pins
  • Safety pins (alternative to hand basting)
  • Measuring tape and ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Straight edge ruler (Omnigrid and/or T Square)
  • Cutting mat
  • (Optional) Walking Foot

Cutting:
Before cutting, preshrink your fabric; wash and dry (according to manufacturer’s recommendations). Press your fabric and then trim off the selvedges.

  • Ground fabric: Cut (2) 14″ x 71″ (one for front, one for back)
  • Muslin: Cut (1) 18″ x 72″
  • Batting: Cut (1) 18″ x 72″
  • Appliqué fabrics: Cut into rectangular pieces 18″ x 11″.

Make It:
1. Appliqué Fabric: Apply your iron-on adhesive to the backside of any of the fabric you intend to use for the appliqués. Appliqué fabric should be cut into rectangular pieces about 18″ x 11″.

2. Remove the paper backing from the appliqué fabric, then cut random, long (18″) triangular shapes measuring about 1 1/2″ at the wide point to about 1/2″ – 1″ at the small end. It’s not about perfect cutting… It’s the random cuts that give this project its character.

3. Lay out the ground fabric you will use for the top (face up). With the adhesive sides down, lay the appliqué strips across the panel. Place them kind of wonky and crooked, layering random colors and shapes. Use your iron to heat set the appliqué shapes onto the ground fabric. Only press the center of the appliqués to avoid getting adhesive onto your ironing board.

4. Trim any appliqué fabric that extends off the sides of the ground fabric, then finish pressing all the strips into place.

5. Once you’ve got the appliqués in place, take a moment to measure and square up the panel so it measures approximately 14″ x 71″. As you square things up, your measurements might be slightly different which is okay!

6. Layer the muslin, the batting and the appliquéd panel (face up). The batting and muslin should extend past the top panel fabric a couple inches on each side. You can either pin together, or hand-baste. Hand basting takes a little more time, but it seems like the layers lay flatter and shift less when quilting.

7. Take the basted layers over to the sewing machine. Use matching (or contrasting) thread and apply a running stitch down the sides of the appliqués (about 1/8″ from the raw edges). I like to work from the center out to prevent puckering. Once the appliqués are stitched down, go back over the whole runner using the same running stitch in a long random zigzag pattern to add quilting to the background space. The stitching is meant to be random and loose, so just go for it!

8. Trim off the excess batting and muslin and square it up again so it measures approximately 14″ x 71″. No worries if your measurements are slightly different! Squaring things up can do that.

9. Lay out the backing fabric and place the finished quilt top on top of the backing fabric (face sides together). Smooth everything out, square it up one last time, and carefully pin it all together.

10. Stitch around all four sides (using a ¼” seam allowance), leaving an open gap along one of the long sides of about 12″.

11. Trim off the corners (being careful not to cut into the stitching) and turn the quilt right side out. Fold in the raw edge of the open area – press flat, pin – then hand stitch the open area closed.

12. For an extra nice flat finished edge, press the entire runner then stitch around the entire perimeter of the quilt about 1/8″ from the outer edge.