Saturday, October 27, 2012

{a wonky table runner conversion}

Another first for me:
a quilted table runner!

I know I know... "you've been quilting and sewing for HOW MANY years, woman?!"

 Five years after learning to sew and quilt, after a new house, a "new thrifted" proper kitchen table I finally feel like our eating space deserves a little handmade love.

Cute turtle!

See the paint chip up there?  It was a Challenge given by my Columbus MQG.  We each blindly chose a paint chip and then the instructions were to create something QUILTED and WONKY using at least 2 of the colors on the paint chip, and we could add up to 2 more colors (I think.) I wasn't quite sure I liked the bright orange colors but by adding aqua it all turned out ok - and I even won the prize for "wonkiest design!"  Funny eh? My good friend Jac was another winner with her gorgeous Wonky Hippo Quilt!  "Viewers Favorite!" Adorable no?
 And then I got thinking...'s almost November! I need something Harvest-y on my table!  So I glanced through my stash and pulled out 1/2yd of this gorgeous fabric from Anna Maria Horner and deemed it Autumn-worthy and used it to back the wonky table runner. 
 Binding was a bit tricky so I used the tangerine/aqua scraps to go with the wonky side...  And after my Quilt Guild meeting, I came home and added a SECOND binding on top which went with the more muted colors of the backing, which I knew would be the "top" at least until after Thanksgiving.

For the harvest-y binding I made it slightly wider at 2.5" and used a longer stitch length to attached it to the wonky side... then hand-stitched it to the front so it can be easily ripped off later... come spring!

See the two layers of binding there?  Unconventional, but it works for me!
Why not make a double-duty table runner? Sort of like a reversible bag, or double-sided jacket!  
A Christmas table runner is coming near the top of my to-do list but non-Christmas fabric in green and red, most likely, will be used... and I'll be sure to use a fun backing that can be used for non-holiday seasons too!  

Now off to work on a minimalist quilt for QuiltCon! Not that I can attend, for good reason, but I'll be there in spirit, and hopefully two quilts! 


fallingforpieces said...

Very fun table runner! And I like the paint chip challenge idea. We might have to borrow that for the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild!

Heather D. said...

Very fun, and reversible is even better!!

Lisa Lisa said...

Very nice! I love the colors :)

Marie said...

This is WONDERFUL! You've given me an idea - thanks for the great inspiration.