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Geometric Leaves Quilted Table Runner

This table runner features a fashionable, modern style. It is very easy to piece. We used designs from the Geometric Leaf Set for the large size hoop (5" x 7").

The finished size of the table runner is about 18" x 43".

Note: the length of the table runner depends on the width of the fabric used and can vary from 38" to 44".




You will need :

  • embroidery thread according to the color cards of the design,
  • medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer,
  • 1/2 yard of light-colored quilt cotton fabric; marbled fabrics or batiks are perfect for this,
  • 2 strips of cotton fabric about 5"-6" wide and 40"-42" long (these pieces are used to make the top easier to hoop and can be of any color),
  • 1/4 yard of brown quilt cotton fabric (for the borders and the binding),
  • backing and batting,
  • #14 quilting needles,
  • quilting threads of matching colors,
  • rotary cutter,
  • quilter's ruler,
  • iron,
  • printer and embroidery software are helpful, but not necessary.

Cutting:

Out of light-colored fabric, cut:

  • 2 strips 4 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric,
  • 1 strip 6 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric,
  • 1 strip 1 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric
Subcut this last strip into:
  • 2 strips 5 1/2" long,
  • 2 strips 8" long and
  • 2 strips 9" long.

Out of brown fabric, cut

  • 2 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric (for the borders),
  • 1 strip 1 1/2" wide and the legth of the width of the fabric, or about 38"- 42" long.
Subcut this strip into:
  • 2 strips 9 1/2" long and
  • 2 strips 12 1/2" long.
Cut the remaining brown fabric into 3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.


Assembly of the Top:

Seam allowance is 1/4", press every seam immediately after you make it.

Out of the light-colored and brown 1 1/2" wide strips, sew two strips in the following order: 5 1/2" light colored strip - 9 1/2" brown strip - 8 1/2" light colored strip - 12 1/2" brown strip - 9 1/2" light colored strip

Geometric Leaves Table Runner

Sew one of the strips to the top edge of the 6 1/2" wide light-colored strip.

Geometric Leaves Table Runner

Flip the other strip and sew it to the bottom edge of the 6 1/2" wide light-colored strip.

Geometric Leaves Table Runner

Sew the 4 1/2" strips to the top and bottom edges of the central part.

Geometric Leaves Table Runner

Sew the brown borders to the top and bottom edges of the working piece.

Geometric Leaves Table Runner

Embroidery:

Print out templates of the leaves. If you do not have a printer or embroidery software, you can make templates from paper: just cut out pieces of the same size as the leaves.

Position the templates on the top as you like. When you're satisfied with the arrangement, pin the templates in place.

Some leaves are too close to the edges of the table runner. To hoop the fabric safely, use the auxiliary strips. On your sewing machine, set the stitch length to 5-6mm and stitch the strips to the long edges of the table runner.

Stabilize the fabric under each template with medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer. This can be done one at a time.

Print out the JPG color card and select threads by the color card (not by the screen of your machine!) In this case, you can also select your own colors.

Upload the embroidery files of the Geometric Leaf Set into the machine and embroider then one by one.

Rip away the auxiliary strips. Press the working piece.

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 layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted around the embroidery and all over the table runner in a freemotion style with matching threads.


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.


Enjoy!


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