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"In Love with Fall" Table Runner

by Sandy Trachsel

Let’s make a table runner! You can find a printable pattern for my “In Love With Fall” table runner here.

Start by picking your fabric. You’ll need the following:

  • A – 1/4 yard or 1 fat quarter (FQ) for leaf 1
  • B – 1/4 yard or 1 fat quarter (FQ) for leaf 2
  • C – 1/4 yard or 1 fat quarter (FQ) for leaf 3
  • D – 1/3 yard or 1 fat quarter (FQ) for the leaf backgrounds
  • E – 1/8 yard for the inside border
  • F – 1/4 yard for the outside border
  • G – 1/3 yard for the binding
  • H – 3/4 yard for the backing (or 46″ x 22″)
  • I – 46″ x 22″ batting

Choices are endless! You might want to use a traditional fall color palette, or you might want to choose very modern, colorful fabrics. For this tutorial, I am using Ruby Star Society “SPECKLED” fabric and a bit of Ruby Star Society “WARP & WEFT HEIRLOOM fabric. These and many other great Ruby Star Society fabrics are available here.  Aren’t these fabrics fun! They were created by Ruby Star Society designers Rashida Coleman Hale and Alexia Marcelle Abegg. For the leaf blocks, I will be using the purple, orange and lime. The inner border will be the dark teal, and the outer border will be the fun orange stripe. Binding it all up will be the purple again. For the leaf background fabric and the quilt back, I will be using Kona white. And I am using an 80/20 cotton/poly batting.

Let’s get started! In this tutorial, we’ll talk about the following:

  • Preparing your fabric
  • Cutting the fabric pieces
  • Stitching the fabric pieces together to make a “quilt block”
  • “Pressing” versus “Ironing”
  • Stitching the quilt blocks together to make a “quilt top”

We are ready to add the “quilt binding”. There are numerous ways to bind a quilt. I am going to share my favorite method. As you progress in your quilting hobby, you’ll most likely settle on a favorite method also. This tutorial will show how to:

  • Determine the length of binding needed
  • Create binding strips
  • Make a quilt label
  • Attach the binding to the front of the quilt
  • Attach the binding to the back of the quilt

Click here to head over to Sandy's blog and download the printable pattern for this runner!

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