table runner made from three pixelated patchwork hearts in mixed blues and pinks, set on a table with a seed cake and tea cups
my makes,  pattern

Tumbled Love – 2nd Edition

This pattern was one of my favourites to write, and since it is about two years old now, I thought it was time I made a new version of it for our table.

I had been sorting my scraps and cutting them into squares of various useful sizes, which meant I had the perfect excuse to dip into that stash and make this blue and pink hearts runner.

table runner made from three pixelated patchwork hearts in mixed blues and pinks, set on a table with a seed cake

The background on this one is scrappy as well. In my first version I used yardage for the background, a lovely print that said “love” in cursive all over it, but with my new resolution of using my stash and scraps wherever possible this year, I went through both of those to find a few different white-on-white prints that worked a treat for this.

pixelated patchwork heart in pale blues and peachy pinks, one block of the table runner

Using the scraps was fun. I had been organizing all my scraps for a while now. I think I started last summer and did a bit here and there in spurts and starts. I’m not quite done yet but will be adding a blog post about that process soon, too. In short, though, I took the scraps I had been keeping in bins (sorted by colour at least) and ironed them all, then cut them to usable sizes, such as 2.5″ squares. So to make this runner all I had to do was go through the box of squares and pick out enough. It turned into a bit of a trip down memory lane, too, because having the scraps tucked away in boxes meant I often didn’t use them, so some of the squares are from projects that are quite a few years old.

squares of pink and blue fabrics selected for a pixelated patchwork heart table runner

I love the size of this runner. At 18″ by 48″ it’s on the bigger size for a runner, but I prefer to keep them on the table during the day, and take them off for when we eat anyways, so the larger size doesn’t matter for me. And I actually made a cutting mistake in my first version which meant I ended up with 1.5″ finished squares, rather than 2″ ones, so that runner is actually quite small for our large table. It’s nice to have a properly sized version now.

table runner made from three pixelated patchwork hearts in mixed blues and pinks, set on a table with a seed cake and tea cups

This time I didn’t want to bind the runner, but rather turn it inside out (like a pillowcase) to have that edge-to-edge look. Because I like the quilting to show through to the back, I opted to turn it first and quilt it second, which meant I couldn’t actually baste it. To avoid any chance of puckers when quilting it, I decided on an all-over stipple, which also had the added bonus of being a really quick finish. There’s a short (sped-up) video of me quilting this in my Instagram feed if you’re feeling curious.
And yes, those are kittens on the backing fabric.

patchwork inside out being sewn together

Of course, I had to pull it out for our Sunday afternoon and do a little photo shoot before we cut into the cake. And I wouldn’t want to keep the recipe from you, either. This one is the quintessential comfort food of English children’s books, a seed cake. If you want to try it out for yourself, here is the recipe I use.

pixelated patchwork heart in pale blues and peachy pinks, one block of the table runner with a cake cut off at the side of the picture

The pattern is available in my pattern shop, and for the month of February 2020, I will be donating all profits from the sale of this pattern to the Ottawa Heart Institute in honour of Heart Month. I found myself there a little less than a year ago, having my own ticker repaired, so this is my way of giving back.

pixelated patchwork heart in pale blues and peachy pinks, closeup of two blocks of the table runner

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