Falling for You Autumn Table Runner

A couple of months ago I read about some fun table runners over at Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life.  Wendy had been pattern testing for a friend and actually made two versions of the runner.  I really liked the simplicity of the pattern and immediately hopped over to Craftsy to purchase the pattern. Designed by Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting, it is a fun pattern and a quick project.  My kind of sewing!!

So, I had the pattern and I pulled some fun autumn fabrics from my (currently very messy and unorganized) stash for the runner. I cut out the pieces and got ready to start. Then I had to set it aside because this happened!

Isn’t this an adorable picture??

Once the wedding was over, life returned to it’s regular routine and I was able to make the table runner.

When I did the appliqué, I used Steam a Seam for the first time.  I loved it!  Prior to this, I usually used any fusible product such as Wonder Under.  But Steam a Seam works so well and it can be repositioned if needed. Really good product ( no affiliate here – just a recommendation). I didn’t do any appliqué stitching until I put the front and back together. I chose not to use the usual batting and binding process that the pattern called for. Instead, after piecing the top, I sewed it right sides together, to the backing, leaving an opening to turn it right side out.  After trimming the four corners to get nice, crisp corners, I turned it right side out.

Once I had it pressed, I top stitched the outside perimeter at 1/8″ to close the opening and define the edge.  Then I top stitched the other edge of the border and also along the sashing between the leaves.  Finally I did a raw edge appliqué stitch around the edge of each leaf.

The backing is a fall leaf print I picked up at a thrift store a long while back.  I have used it in a number of projects as I really like the color (and I think the piece I bought was several yards in length.)

I am very pleased with the finished project.  It is fun to have a few seasonal decorations to put out each holiday and this works perfectly for this time of year. I highly recommend Vicki’s pattern, especially if you are in the mood for a pretty autumn addition to your table. I noticed she has several other holiday patterns in her Craftsy shop that are super cute too.

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18 thoughts on “Falling for You Autumn Table Runner

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Lisa, I was really happy to find a good match for the runner. I don’t have any placemats that work well with it but there are a couple of tablecloths. Yay!! Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      You’re welcome Vicki. It is a fun pattern and easily made in one or two sewing sessions. I love that sort of project. I hope you sell a million of them!! 🙂

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  1. Wendy

    So fun to see your finished runner. Brilliant idea on the finish too! I agree that Vicki’s pattern is worth the purchase, and her shop items are so fun and cute! Love seeing the runner on your beautiful table, and the cute wedding photo too! (Every time I see Kim’s photo, it makes me giggle. She looks like fun!)

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Yes – I love all of the snowman projects. Also that cute Dresden plate turkey – lots of fun. The wedding photos are gorgeous. I will share more of them. It is definitely going to be a challenge to select which ones to print. Have a great weekend Wendy!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Michelle, Some appliqué is intimidating to me but not this sort of thing. You will have no trouble at all. It is incredibly simple. Give it a try! Take care and enjoy the weekend.

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  2. Karen

    Lovely runner…definitely the colours of autumn. Living in the “Land down under” we are going into Spring so it is out with the spring runners. I am so looking forward to some warm weather.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      We are on opposite ends as far as climate! I am totally looking forward to chilly days and all that fall means. Enjoy your spring time! Is your garden going to be blooming soon?

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  3. JanineMarie

    Oh, so pretty, and perfect with your table cloth! I like how you put it together without any batting. It keeps anything you put on it stable. Ah, fall! My favorite season.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Preeti. Surely you realize I cleared off the table to take the picture, right??? My house is usually clean underneath the mess. Know what I mean? 🙂

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