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Monday, October 11, 2010

Let's Start This Table Runner!

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Table runners are so pretty on a table.  I remember the first time I ever saw a table runner. I think I was in my 20s and I remember thinking it was a nice way to decorate a table without covering up the nice finish with a table cloth - something that I had done my entire life and still do at times.  But when the holidays roll around, I like to have a selection of table runners to decorate more than just the dining room table.  I enjoy having them in various sizes for other pieces of furniture throughout my home as well.  

This week, I am making a Christmas table runner and I want you to sew along with me!  If you haven't prepared yet, you will need:

"12 Days of Christmas" Charm Pack by Moda Fabrics or 32 Charm Squares (5" x 5") or ... Christmas fabric of your choice.  I purchased some nice Moda fabric from 2 different designers with a Christmas theme.  Feel free to be creative!

1 Skein of Embroidery Floss - Red (pictured is a collection of 36 skeins of embroidery floss, but you will only need red for this project.  If you are close to a "Michaels Craft Store" or fabric store, you can find the embroidery floss there.)

 Cotton quilt batting - 24" x 44" or just a baby quilt size will be enough to make several table runners!

* about 1/2 yard of green ribbon (You can find this at your local fabric store)

* about 1/2 yard of red ribbon (Preferably 1"  to 1-1/2" width for bows on the top of the table runner)

You will also need:

* 3/4 - 1 yard of 44" fabric - Creme or Winter White

* 1/4 yard of 44" fabric - Red and White print  (You might see if your fabric store carries the "12 Days of Christmas" fabric collection by Moda and use the same red & white print that is in the charm pack!) 

* about 1/2 yard of 44" fabric - Aqua

* about 1/3 yard of 44" fabric - Red (includes binding)  You can get several different red fabrics if you like.  Make it your own!

NOTE: You can find most all of these supplies at your local fabric supply and/or craft store like Michaels Craft Store.  It is probably easier to order the pattern and the charm pack, however, online through a reputable supplier.  I linked to the "Fat Quarter Shop" because they are a great online resource and are fast to ship!

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Let's get started!

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I love charm packs, and this charm pack will make a beautiful table runner.  This one is "Fruitcake" by Moda.  I love the fabric designs!  I think it will make for a beautiful table runner.



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Before I cut my fabric, I press it.  You should always prepare your fabric before you cut.  If you cut it with a crease in it, you may be cutting an inaccurate measurement.  Pressing is as important cutting and accurate seams!  Begin by cutting a 4-3/4" long strip from the side of your cream fabric.  



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From this strip cut 2 4-3/4" by 4-3/4" squares. 



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Set aside the 2 squares and now cut your long strip down to 4-1/4"



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Cut 6 squares from the 4-1/4" strip - each 4-1/4" x 4-1/4".  When you are done, cut in half diagonally.  Line up your edges and corners accurately before you cut.



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Now, cut the square in half again in the other direction.



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Set aside your cream colored triangles.



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Organize your charm pack.  In my pack I organized the creams, greens, reds, aquas, and browns.  It makes it easier to choose the colors and patterns you want to use for your quilted table runner.



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Pick out 2 reds and put them together. Cut the squares down to 3-7/8" x 3-7/8".



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Cut them in half once.



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Set aside your red triangles.



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Pick out 3 red charm squares.  Cut them down to 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" square.



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Cut in half diagonally twice.



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Set these aside as well, but keep them together so that you don't get the wrong size triangles mixed up with the larger ones you cut before.



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I love aqua with the other Christmas colors.  I picked out 4 aqua charm squares and cut them down to 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square and set them aside.



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Choose 2 more aqua charms.  Cut them down to 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" square, then cut them in half diagonally twice.  



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Set them aside, making sure to keep each section of this puzzle in neat little piles.

That's it for today!  Tomorrow we will do more!



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