Today is my day for the In the Kitchen stitchin’ blog hop sponsored by Createinthesticks.com. Thank you Carla for the inspiration to create and share. This hop required us to interpret making something for a kitchen. I made a tea time table runner.
I created a special table runner for the memory unit in honor of the first tea social coming back from the height of the pandemic. What began as a quickie scrap project, morphed into a paper piecing extravaganza. I downloaded the patterns for the teapot, cups and cupcake on this site: ipatchandquilt.com. All the patterns together only cost $4, which was so affordable! The teapot showcases my favorite Kaffe Fassett “spot” fabric in magenta. I intentionally used scraps to keep the project more interesting. My colleague, who loves all things tea, was the inspiration for my color choices.
Table runners are all ubiquitious in model showrooms and on blogs, but is there are standard size? I looked for more information on table runners and wasn’t disappointed. Here is an interesting article if you’re curious to read more. Having the runner long enough to hang over the ends of the table is apparently the decorating goal. Who knew!? I’m going to be a rebel and go with a smaller runner for only the center of the table. Before washing and shrinking, the runner measured 15″ x 77 inches long, which is still plenty long.
The ends of the runner are made in a herringbone design. This simple herringbone runner tutorial from leighlaurelstudios.com was my guide. While mine is scrappy, she makes her runner using a single fall-themed fabric line. I incorporated the same blue fabric from the teapot background into the herringbone to keep everything unified. While the actual tutorial ends with a flat side, I have mine with a pointed end.
I used fusible batting for this runner and it makes the project a little more stiff. If you make a herringbone runner, I would suggest doing it as a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) project. It wasn’t my goal for this project, but would be if I do one again.
BUMMER!!! My Babylock Crescendo sewing machine broke as I was sewing on the binding. My repair shop recently went out of business so now I need to research a new place. Wish me luck!
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Thursday, April 22nd
ThatFabricFeeling YOU ARE HERE
linking up to: Oh Scrap, Midweek Makers, Needle And Thread Thursday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Peacock Party, Finished or not Friday, Brag About Your Goodies, Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday