Add a little more love to your home — literally. This table runner is perfect for Valentine's Day , and it features the best of sewing, quilting and machine appliqué so all your skills get put to good use.
Love Table Runner
Finished size: 12" x 30"
What You Need
- Letters template
- 5 fat quarters in coordinating fabrics (for the background, letters, corner squares, sashing and binding)
- Backing fabric
- Border fabric
- 14" x 32" piece of batting
- Thread (to match the appliqué letters and for machine quilting)
- 8½" x 11" fusible web
- Open toe sewing machine foot
- Fabric marker
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter or scissors
- Four 5" squares of background fabric (we used cream)
- Four 4½" squares for the letters (we used red)
- Ten 2" squares for the corners (we used red gingham)
- Thirteen 2" x 5" rectangles for sashing (we used dark brown)
- Two 2½" x 8" strips for the side borders (we used red script)
- Two 2½" x 30" strips for the top and bottom borders (we used red script)
- Three 2¼" x WOF (width of fabric) strips for binding
- 16" x 34" piece of backing fabric
1. Prep the Letters
Download and print the letter template in the materials list, or design your own with the font of your choice. Flip the paper over so the letters are backwards and trace them onto the paper side of your fusible web. (It might help to hold the paper up to a sunny window or use a light box as you trace.)
Rough cut around each letter. Following the manufacturer's instructions, adhere the fusible web to your letter fabric.
Remember this rule: rough to wrong. The rough (glue) side of the web needs to be against the wrong side of your fabric.
Once fused, cut out the letters along the outlines. The paper backings should still be attached at this point.
3. Assemble the Quilt Top
4. Join the Borders
Sew the side borders to sandwich the squares and sashing, then add the top and bottom borders. Press the seams toward the border fabric.
5. Add the Letters
Remove the backing from your letters. Following the manufacturer's instructions, adhere them to your block backgrounds. You can eyeball them or use a ruler to measure exact placement.
Layer the quilt top, batting and backing to form a quilt sandwich . Baste your quilt using your preferred method (we used pin basting ). If you use pins, be careful not to pin through any of the letters.
7. Quilt the Letters
Use an open toe sewing machine foot and wide needle plate if you have them, and a thread color that matches the fabrics.
With the layers still pinned together, start in the middle of your letter and bring the bobbin thread up to the top. Take a few small straight stitches to lock your threads, then sew a decorative stitch. You may need to scoot your quilt over so the needle position lines up correctly.
Good to Know
Since you will be stitching through all the layers of your quilt, you don’t need a stabilizer. We suggest using the same thread color in the bobbin as well as the top to hide any less-than-perfect stitching or tension issues .
Anticipate where your needle will pierce the fabric on each movement of the stitch. Turn the top slowly and smoothly as needed so as to avoid stitching outside the letters. If you have it, use the “needle down” function on your machine; always stop with your needle down before turning your quilt.
When you have an inside turn, like in the V, try to land your stitch right in the middle. Don’t be afraid to pivot every stitch or two when needed to completely outline the letters.
When you reach the place where you began stitching, change back to a straight stitch and end with a few locking stitches. Clip your threads close.
When you get to the O, stitch the inside first.
8. Finish Quilting
Once your letters are stitched, machine quilt the rest of the runner however you like. The background fabric gives a lot of room for added texture — we used a combo of stitch in the ditch , a heart loop motif and straight accent lines .
Bind your table runner as you would any quilt, then clear some space for your new home decor!
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