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Autumn-Themed Quilted Tablerunner

This charming table runner can serve you all of the Fall season, from September to Thanksgiving. It is easy to put together and looks great when finished. This is the perfect quilt for using up scrap fabric left over from other projects. We used one-color designs from the Autumn Redwork Set II for the large (5" x 7") hoop.

The finished size is about 22" x 45". You can also use it as a horizontal wall hanging.
Autumn-Themed Quilted Tablerunner image 1

You will need
  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon); we recommend fall colors such as dark red, dark green or brown,
  • medium-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • about 1/2 yard of pale colored fabric for embroidery (we used pale yellow),
  • scraps of autumn colored fabrics (try to find 7-8 different colors),
  • backing and bating,
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter,
  • fabric colored pencils, markers, or dyes (optional).
Out of pale-colored fabric for embroidery, cut
  • 10 pieces measuring 10" x 13", or whatever size is convenient to hoop
Out of the scrap fabrics, cut
  • 22 pieces measuring 3 1/2" x 6 1/2",
Assembly of the Units:
Note: seam allowance is 1/4". Press every seam immediately after you make it.
Stack the 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" pieces of different colors in 2 stack (11 pieces each). Align the edges.
Autumn Table Runner

With the help of a rotary cutter and ruler cut each pile along a slanted line. Ideally, you want the lines to be at different angles. This will give the quilt a more irregular appearance.
Autumn Table Runner
Work with the pieces of one stack at a time. Take one of the right pieces and a left piece of a different color. Place them face to face, and sew together.

In the same way work with all pieces from the stack, making new 2-color units. Try to avoid sewing together pieces of the same color.

In the same way sew together 2-color units from the second stack.
Press the seams and mix the units from both piles.
Autumn Table Runner
Sew 14 of the units into a strip. Press the seams.
Autumn Table Runner
Sew the remaining 8 units into another strip. Press the seams.
Autumn Table Runner
Fold the 8-unit strip in half lengthwise and lightly press.
Unfold and cut the strip in half along the creased line.
Autumn Table Runner
Upload the files from the Autumn Redwork Set II into your machine and embroider them on light-colored fabric pieces one by one.

Cut away the stabilizer around the embroidery.

Trim the pieces to 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" squares.
Assembly on the Top:
Sew the squares into 2 strips, 5 stitch-outs per strip. Measure the strips, they should be 40 1/2" long.
Autumn Table Runner
Please note that the central strip made of the scrap fabrics is slightly longer. Trim it to 40 1/2".
Sew the embroidered strips to the central strip. Press the seams.
Autumn Table Runner
Measure the width of the top. It should be 22 1/2" wide. Trim both narrow strips to this size.
Sew the strips to the short edges of the table runner.
Autumn Table Runner
Quilting and Finishing:
Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted with a meandering pattern around the embroidery and in a freemotion style on the central part and borders.
Autumn-Themed Quilted Tablerunner image 2
After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.
Autumn-Themed Quilted Tablerunner image 3

You can leave the table runner as it is. Optionally, if you like coloring, feel free to add some color to the embroidery with fabric pencils, dyes or markers. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
Autumn-Themed Quilted Tablerunner image 4
Autumn-Themed Quilted Tablerunner image 5
Your Fall table runner is done. Enjoy!
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