Table runner

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I needed a table runner for my dinning-room, and I loved this pattern by The Fat Quarter Shop since the moment it was released. And it turned out it had the right dimensions! Keeping the pattern in mind, I came across some charm packs from the Baby Jane collection and I absolutely fell in love with it!

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The quilt top went together pretty quickly (at least, for my standards of piecing, which normally is very slow) and with almost no use of the seam-ripper (!!), but I had it parked aside to work on other projects and -basically- to avoid quilting it. Quilting is the part of the process with which I’m less comfortable (in fact, I’m not comfortable at all with quilting). I know some free-motion quilting, but my machine doesn’t have a big throat space so for this one it was out of the question. I decided for straight-line quilting, and after consider different options (stitch in the ditch, horizontal lines) I settle for the 45º diagonal.

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As the top was mostly in white, I avoided the use of markers of any kind and went with the painter’s tape as a guide. It worked great! Also a walking-foot helps a lot. And as for the needles, I tried a Topstitch needle, but I think it was not the correct size for the thread and switched to an universal needle, which worked fine.

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The backing comes from a fabric I purchased some time ago in a fabric store -the ones where you can find different types of fabric, not only quilting cottons-. I purchased it for a specific idea that in the end didn’t materialised, so I’m glad I found a suitable use for it.

The binding is self-made from yardage, I love to make my own binding and not being limited by the choices of already-made binding available in the stores. And hand-sewing the binding to the back is highly addictive, I finished the quilt in no time! Now I don’t have enough time, but wouldn’t this look fantastic with Christmas-themed fabrics?

Project: Table runner
Size: 14 1/2″ x 58 1/4″ / 37 x 148 cm
Date: July, 2015 – November, 2015
Pattern: Mini Charm Mix table runner, The Fat Quarter Shop
Top fabric: Baby Jane, by Eric & Julia Comstock of Cosmo Cricket, Moda Fabrics
                  Bella Solids 9900 98 – White Bleached, Moda Fabrics
Backing fabric: Pascale Beatrix Tissus TX 64643
Batting: 100% Cotton batting -unknown producer.
Quilting: machine-quilt, Gutermann Polyester 101.
Binding: Quilter’s Linen 9864, Robert Kaufman Fabrics

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