Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
So I whipped out this table runner as a wedding present!
Even though it isn't fancy, and didn't take a ton of time (I made it in an evening),
it will still be a nice, handmade gift.
The young couple loves navy blue and has a modern flair to their home decor,
so the simple strips are perfect for them.
I happened to have the batiks on hand, but I think it would be great with lots of fabrics.
Need something a little more elegant? Try linen strips in white and off white.
Have a friend who loves Fiesta Ware as much as I do? (I doubt it, but you never know...)
Use your rainbow of scraps to go with all their colors.
To make your own, cut 2 1/2" wide strips (or use a jelly roll if you have one). Then subcut into 18, 13" strips. Sew together, using a 1/4" seam in any order you please. It should finish out at just about 36" long. Press all the seams one direction.
Layer on cotton batting (it won't conduct the heat like polyester) and backing fabric (I used a good quality muslin). Quilt as desired. You can see that I quilted in the ditch along the strips. For my purposes, fmq would have made it too busy for this couple's tastes.
I used traditional french fold binding and mitered the corners. It required three strips wof (width of fabric) sewn together to get all the way around. There was about half of a strip left over.
The finished size is about 13 1/2 x 36" inches including the binding.
If you need a longer runner, just add more strips. :-)
If you make one or some, I'd love to see your creations, so please send them to me! :)
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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