I was going through my table runners and came across this one that was probably one of the first table runners I ever shared on my website. I decided to update the photos and I have a feeling I’ll be remaking it again soon.
When I first wrote about this table runner, I said that the fabrics are at least 12 years old. Well, that was in 2011 so now the fabrics are 22 years old and I know I still have some in my stash.
14-inches x 28-inches
The finished table runner ended up being about 14-inches x 28 inches. It is a little too big for this end table and please ignore the crease as it has been folded for quite a while.
Mr. Mickey really wasn’t interested in posing but he was boxed in so I quickly snapped a photo.
The funny thing about this table runner is that I pulled out my box of scraps and found 3 strips from another quilting project and decided to use them. It is always fun to find leftovers and make something else with them.
I don’t even remember what I was looking for but when I saw these I thought okay, this will work for the challenge that Angela from Soscrappy does every month. By the way, she still continues to do her Scrappy challenge!
Piecing the table runner
The strips were 2½ inches by the width of the fabric and sewn in a set of 4 with a ¼ inch seam allowance which made the piece 8½ inches wide.
I sub-cut several sets at 2 inches and pieced them together but didn’t like the look, too boring. (I still didn’t know what I wanted to make). I sub-cut the rest of the strips into 2 ½ x 8½ inch sections
Then I took some muslin scraps out and cut them 1¾ inches and added a sashing between the sets, I liked that look. I pieced them all together and decided I would make a runner as I love runners!
It wasn’t wide enough and I still had 1½ inch strips of the muslin left so I put on a border with the muslin and then added another border made from the rest of the 2½ inch blocks.
Back in 2011, I used to take a lot of my old fabric and cut it up into fat quarters so I used two of the same navy blue print and sewed them together for the backing. I added Warm & Natural batting and then free-motion quilted it on my 15-91 Singer sewing machine.
Here it is all quilted, I tried pebbling yesterday on another challenge I am doing and I really love it! It does take time though. I did it on the muslin and did a squiggly meander on the blocks.
I had to include a picture of the backing as I thought it looked kind of neat. I used a cream thread on the muslin and a navy blue thread on the prints.
I had purposely left the backing big as I decided to use it for the binding. I trimmed up my batting and then cut the backing leaving 1 inch all around. Then I folded it in half, starched it, and folded it again over my quilt top. Starching really helped it lay nice. You have to be very careful when cutting the batting so you don’t cut the backing fabric.
It isn’t quite big enough for this trunk but I thought it made a nice picture. This trunk belonged to my great-grandmother which held all her belongings when she moved from Norway to the USA. I have loved this trunk since I was a little girl and my grandmother gave it to me before she passed.
Here is a photo showing the binding folded to the front and then stitched down. I kept the table runner on that old trunk for quite a while and I noticed today when I took this new photo that you can see how the fabrics have faded. Look at the back and then the self-binding. I remember I had the trunk in front of a window.
I thought it would be fun to take some new photos of the table runner outside and also let you see the beautiful fire pit area that Bob built.
I had fun planting flowers behind the wall but wasn’t able to get the plants in until late June when the wall was done.
I bet you are wondering what kind of plant that is! I have been planting Castor Beans for over 14 years and always love the way they look like a tropical plant. Normally these would be about 8 feet tall by now. I know the plant is poisonous so I will be careful to pick the seeds before they fall on the ground as I don’t want the deer to eat them.
I can’t wait for cooler nights and fires!
I think it would be fun to remake this table runner and use 2½ inch blocks for the center part as well. I could even make a larger one to fit on this table by Iggy.
I almost forgot this! There was one piece of scrap left and I used it to make a checkbook cover. Nowadays very few people carry a checkbook, do you?
I think a scrappy table runner made with red scraps would be perfect on the coffee table by my red, I mean wine leather couch.
Were you wondering how I found the table runner from 2011 after three house moves? I have a room downstairs that holds all of my quilts. I have one or two shelves that are just table runners so it makes it easy to find something.
Another scrappy table runner you might like is my Sherbet Stripes table runner tutorial.