Monday, May 22, 2017

It is Summer and the Living is Easy, and the Quilting is easy too!

     It is Summer and the Living is easy, and the Quilting is easy too!  This table runner is simple and easy to make.  You can "flip" it over, it is reversible, and enjoy the fabrics on both sides.   This table runner is perfect to be created from those beautiful fabrics or large scale print fabrics that you just do not want to cut into smaller pieces. 

Materials needed:
1/2 yard of two gorgeous, fun, Summer fabrics
1/4 yard binding fabric
Aurifil thread for stitching and machine quilting
15 1/2" x 45" (WOF) piece of batting
Spray baste product

Finished size of runner will be 15 x 42 inches.  (WOF = width of fabric)

•One half yard x WOF fabric pieces•  The two half yard pieces of fabric each need to be cut to size 15 1/2" x WOF.  (If the original half yard of fabric was cut correctly from your favorite quilt shop, this should leave you a 2 1/2" strip cut from the fabric.  This strip can now go into your stash, as it will not be used in this project).  Sandwich/layer together the bottom fabric right side down, batting in the middle, then top side fabric right side up.   Following the directions of the spray baste product, spray baste lightly all layers together.  Using a walking foot, machine quilt on the diagonal every 2 1/2",  making a cross-hatch design.  The quilting lines can be marked before quilting using a removable pen, or with quilters (painters) tape.
If using tape, just quilt right along beside the tape and then remove the tape.  Move the tape to the next row of quilting and repeat.  When the quilting is complete, trim the project to size, 
15" x 42".  Cut the binding fabric into four  2" strips.  Join the strips with diagonal seams to make a continuous binding strip.  With the wrong sides of the binding fabric strip inside, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press with your iron. Machine stitch binding to your "favorite" top side of the table runner fabric, then finish the binding by hand stitching to the back side of the runner.  This project can easily be completed by a "confident beginner"  during a Summer afternoon. 

Fabrics I used are designed by BariJ. for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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