I don’t do a lot of holiday decorating, but I do like having an extra tablerunner for a housewarming gift or to bring to a friend who has invited us to dinner. One of the local
devils stores, kept advertising this pattern and making kits to use it. Finally, I succumb and here is the result!
And yes, today is TGIFF – Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday. There is a linky party at the end of the blog to link up your finishes. I can’t wait to see what you have done! And, while we are at it, you can sign up for next year here…..bloggers are needed so pick some dates and commit yourself to a finish!
The Pattern and Fabric
The Fab Focus Tablerunner is a huge hit at Bits N Pieces of Pelham, NH. They are always making tempting kits and when they were vending at our guild’s show – I finally bought one. The Christmas scene was so well done and I loved the red and grey colors. This is their version of the table runner. And, if you purchase one from them you have enough to make the whole runner including backing!
I will tell you about the changes I made and the benefits or not of doing so! I added the inner borders to the ends and continued the pieced border around my version. It is very fast to piece and I am thinking this could be a go-to pattern for leftover bits from other quilts.
Now, for the problem. I added the inner borders to the ends, as well as continued the pieced block border. When you do as I did, it makes it a little bigger than the 44″ wide, so I needed to piece my back (disadvantage). On the other hand, the continuity of the pattern works for me. If I were to do it again, I might shorten the center fabric a smidge so I can use a full width of fabric for the border with no additions to the backing.
I quilted this using the Deep Freeze Panto by Diane Henry for ProStitcher. I was able to use 3 repeats and flip the design (actually I rotated it as recommended by the HQ educators). It was perfect for this tablerunner.
I used Glide white in the for both the top and bottom of the quilt. It blends in nicely and the quilting gives an ice crystal kind of effect to the runner.
I decided to do a self-binding for this runner. Here is my reminder not to trim this down and make a self-binding. I finished quilting it before we left for a few days; I didn’t want to forget! I had used up all my fabric, and that was the easiest way not to have to search for something else. I also removed the basting stitches, as they would show on the back with this technique and did not want that!
Here is the way I made the mitered corners.
I then trimmed the edges to 1″ all the way around the runner. You could probably do 3/4″. I also cut the edges off with a 45° cut. There are two intersection 45° lines on the ruler I use to guide this, and a 1/4″ seam allowance.
I then press all the edges to the front edge of the runner.
I pick it up and fold the edge at 45° so that the binding edges meet. Then, sew from the inside to the outside and backstitch so the outside edge is secure. After all four corners are sewn you will then sew around the edge of the binding. I used my Aurifil Dove Grey to sew the binding down. It blended in perfectly.
I love it on the butcher block in the kitchen but decided to put it in the dining room with the creche on it. It really needs a little blocking, but that will come after the holidays. It is an easy way to add a bit more holiday color without a whole lot of time (honestly writing the blog took more time).
Now its time for you to enter your post. Show me what you finished this week!
Winter Table Runner Stats
Winter Table Runner. 17″x 48″
Pattern: Fab Focus Tablerunner by Patchabilities
Pantograph: Deep Freeze by Diane Henry (Prostitcher Library)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil Dove Grey
Quilting Thread: Glide White
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