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Cherry Blossom Quilted Table Runner

The bright flowers of the cherry trees are one of the early symbols of the Spring season. This gorgeous table runner is easy to put together (you can use scrap fabric for much of the top) and looks beautiful.

We used designs # 7, 8, 9, 10 from the Summer Flowers Panels and Corners Redwork Set.

The finished size is about 19" x 46". You can buy our original handmade quilt in our Etsy store!


You will need

  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon), choose color to your taste,
  • light- to medium-weight tear-away stabilizer,
  • fabric inks, pencils or markers (pink and green)
  • seven 2 1/2" wide light-colored neutral strips of cotton fabric for the background,
  • 1/4 yard of patterned fabric for the outer border,
  • 1/8 of pink fabric for the first border, corner squares and binding;
  • backing and bating.

Cutting:

We used seven strips of light-colored fabric that we purchased as a set that were already the right size. You can cut 7 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 41" from different pastel fabrics from your stash.

Out of pink fabric, cut

  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 18 1/2" and
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 41";
  • 4 squares measuring 2 1/2"; and
  • 4 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.
Out of fabric for the outer border, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 42" and
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 18 1/2".

Assembly of the Top:

Note: seam allowance is 1/4". Press every seam immediately after you make it.

Sew the pastel strips together lengthwise.

Cherry Blossom Table Runner

Sew the 1" x 41" pink border to the long edges. Then sew the 1" x 18 1/2" pink borders to the short edges.

Cherry Blossom Table Runner

Sew the 2 1/2" x 42" patterned border to the long edges.

Cherry Blossom Table Runner

Sew the pink squares to the ends of the 2 1/2" x 18 1/2" border strips.

Cherry Blossom Table Runner

Sew the new strips to the short edges of the working piece.

Cherry Blossom Table Runner

Embroidery:

Upload the files #7, 8, 9 and 10 from the Summer Flowers Panels and Corners Redwork Set into your machine and embroider them in any order and in any location you like on the quilt top.

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 borders..

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.


The fabric inks, pencils or markers can be used to add some color to the embroidery. We colored the flowers pink and the leaves green to match the colors of the outer border.


Your table runner is done. Enjoy!

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