Monday, March 22, 2010

"Raqua" Table Runner

Most of you have already seen this but for those who haven't: I made a table runner! A red/aqua table runner. It was my first time using the red/aqua combo and I love how it turned out. I'm tempted to make another raqua something even though I felt like a poser while making this. But it's pretty and who knows what I'll feel like making in the future.

Table Runner


Click below for the tutorial.

Materials:

3 - 12.5" (unfinished) blocks (I used the Quatrefoil block)
2 - 12.5" x 3.5" fabric for border
2 - 3.5" x width of fabric (at least 42.5") for border

20" x 45" piece of fabric for the back of the table runner (I don't usually have fabric leftover that measures 45" so I like to piece the back...)
19" x 44" cotton batting
4 - 2.75" x width of fabric (selvedge to selvedge) for binding.

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Step 1: First we'll assemble the top. Arrange your three blocks and sew them together in a row. Then sew the 12.5" strips to both of the 12.5" long sides.

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Sew the 42.5" strips to the remaining two sides.

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Trim to 18.5" x 42.5"

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Step 2: If you are piecing a back for the table runner, make sure you end up with a piece that is larger than the front...around 20x45.

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Step 3: Assemble your layers. Stack the backing fabric right side down, a layer of quilt batting and your top right side up.

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Pin and quilt as desired.

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Step 4: Bind your table runner. I didn't get pictures of this step because it's the same as in the potholder tutorial. The only difference is that you'll need to sew your four binding pieces together to make one long piece before you start.

Hand or machine stitch the binding to finish.

Table Runner Quilted

Finished dimensions are 18.5" x 42.5" before washing.

Table Runner Back

As always, feel free to ask questions if my directions are confusing.

Table Runner

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