Fun and Fast Table Runners!
Spring has sprung (well, almost), and we're excited for flowers, warmer weather and hopefully shedding our winter jackets. One thing we love to make for a fun and easy seasonal change is an awesome table runner! They are faster than making a quilt and you don't need much fabric. It's a great way to change the decor in your house without a ton of work.
We recently received a copy of "The Big Book of Table Toppers", published by That Patchwork Place. This IS a big book and there are 56 patterns for table runners and toppers of all styles and sizes! Some are modern and some are more traditional, some are easy and some have more challenging techniques. If you enjoy making table runners, we recommend checking it out!
Kris and I both decided to start with the same pattern - Simply Simple by Cindy Lammon. This pattern truly is simple - you just need 1/3 yard of a focus fabric, a background solid and some small scraps of coordinates and it goes together super fast! We both ended up choosing our main fabric from Amy Butler's new Splendor collection. This collection has such beautiful Spring colors and prints so we couldn't resist!
Kris chose the yellow fabric on top, called Native Folk, for her main print, and decided to pull out the pretty blues for her coordinates. I have been obsessing over Double Fault Floral (the fabric on the bottom) since I saw it and I chose pink and red for my coordinates. Let's take a look at the final table runners!
Here is Kris' version, accented by a carved wooden bunny our mom has had for FOREVER. As you can see, your main fabric is simply a wide strip down the middle, and then you have your accent fabrics along the side. It really goes together quickly!
Here is my table runner from farther away so you can see the whole thing. The little units along the side are fast to piece, and it's fun to choose the coordinates (there are five prints for the larger rectangles, and then one more fabric for the small accents). You can easily use scraps for these pieces if you want!
For quilting, Kris did some funky zig-zag quilting and I went with an all-over free motion design. We both ended up using pink thread, although Kris had some cool neon pink to give it an edge.
The zig zags and straight lines accentuate the geometric designs in the fabric nicely, and the pink is just cool!
I had a hard time deciding on a quilting design, but I like curvy free motion quilting, so I went with a spiral design. I think it softens the angles in the main print and it is fun to do! This table runner is not huge (38 1/2" long by 15 1/2" wide), so it's a good opportunity to practice whatever quilting technique you find challenging.
Here they are, side by side! I just love the citron yellow next to the coral pink on the bindings. There are lots of other fun patterns in the book, and with so many cool fabrics out there, you can really make them just your style. All of the fabrics in our table runners are available at Quilt Sandwich Fabrics so check them out! Let us know if you can't find a specific one you see here.