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!
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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