Go big or go home with your next fall table runner...and we are not talking GO! Fabric Cutters this time! (Although, today, I am sharing a project with you that you can use the GO! or GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter for your entire project.)
Inspiration Is Everywhere
Hey, quilters! Denise Looney here from For the Love of Geese! Living in a rural setting (who am I kidding, I live in the woods), inspiration is all around me - from the wild life that strolls through my yard to the beauties that Mother Nature provides throughout the year. However, you do not have to live in the county for inspiration - you only need to look around you. Inspiration can be found in the city and often times its landscaped square buildings, parks, and parking lots to produce interesting quilts. Do not forget about museums, historical societies, to look above your head, and below your feet for more inspiration - you never know what you may find!
For this project, I was inspired by where I live and from a project I had already made. A few months ago, I remade a table runner for AccuQuilt called GO! Bountiful Gift Table Runner. It is a quick and easy weekend project that you can adapt to your own needs and specifications or make it as is for a beautiful finish. This time around, I modified it a bit to make the "go BIG or go home" table runner for the relaunch of the GO! Deer Head Die.
AccuQuilt Dies Needed
- GO! Deer Head Die
- GO! Fall Medley Die
- GO! Carefree Alphabet Uppercase Set (2-Die Set)
- GO! Carefree Alphabet Lowercase Set (2-Die Set)
- GO! Strip Cutter-4 1/2" (4" Finished) Die
- GO! Strip Cutter-2" (1 1/2" Finished) Die
- GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished) 3 Strips Die
- GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block
- GO! Square-3 1/2" (3" Finished) Die (Shape 2)
- GO! Quarter Square Triangle-6" Finished Square Die (Shape 4)
- GO! Half Square Triangle-3" Finished Square Die (Shape 5)
Other Supplies Needed
- GO! Bountiful Gift Table Runner Pattern
- Embroidery machine OR fusible that provides a permanent fix or will require finishing the edge of each appliqué using your favorite method
- Miscellaneous scrap fabric
- See also the fabric requirements in the pattern
- I used Island Batik scraps that I had on hand
- Whichever AccuQuilt embroidery file you prefer (if you want to embroider!)
- For the GO! Deer Head Die
- For the GO! Fall Medley Die
- For the GO! Carefree Alphabet Uppercase Set (2-Die Set)
- For the GO! Carefree Alphabet Lowercase Set (2-Die Set)
You may follow the GO! Bountiful Gift Table Runner Pattern or you can make it your own by adding a different block for each end. Here is my version.
1. From the background fabric, cut eight squares using the GO! Square-3 1/2" (3" Finished) Die (Shape 2 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block).
2. From the colored fabric, cut 16 half square triangles using the GO! Half Square Triangle-3" Finished Square Die (Shape 5 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block).
3. From the background fabric, cut eight quarter square triangles using the GO! Quarter Square Triangle-6" Finished Square Die (Shape 4 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block).
4. Cut two squares from the background fabric using the GO! Quarter Square Triangle-6" Finished Square Die (Shape 4 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block).
5. Once everything is cut, determine which overall layout to use (I chose between the two pictured below).
Block Construction & the Deer Head Shape
Whichever layout you choose, the construction of the block will remain the same with one exception: the direction of your flying geese unit. I always find it helpful when making multiples of the same block to stack the patches in front of me to match the block layout, then chain piece each section.
PRO TIP: You can begin adding your appliqué shapes when you add in sashing and the outer border instead of as you go (like I have noted below).
1. Once you have chosen your side blocks or one of the layouts I suggested, it is time to prepare the deer head shapes (you will need two, one for each side of the table runner). You can do this before sewing the center section together or after. My preference is to attach the deer head prior to constructing the runner.
2. Apply the fusible to the wrong side of the deer head shapes' fabric and allow to cool completely before running through your GO! Fabric Cutter.
3. If you have not done so already, sew all the blocks together and attach the deer head shapes to the designated blocks.
4. If you are embroidering the deer head shapes, stitch your outline stitch. Then, fuse the deer head appliqué shapes inside the guideline following the manufacturer's directions.
5. Let your embroidery machine do the rest or use your preferred embroidery method.
Block Construction & the Fall Medley Shapes
The GO! Fall Medley Die can be so versatile! I love that it has shapes for pumpkins, oak leaves, maple leaves, and acorns (or buckeyes before the top pops off), making it perfect for this table runner's design.
PRO TIP: If you like the changing of the landscape's colors from summer to fall, you can change the fabric colors for these leaf shapes because this die isn't limited to autumn colors only. Although, you might refrain from using the pumpkins for spring themed projects. There are other animal dies for that.
1. Follow the GO! Bountiful Gift Table Runner Pattern's directions for the correct number of Fall Medley shapes to cut - or make it your own and cut as many as you like. Just remember to place your fusible onto the wrong side of the fabric and allow everything to cool prior to running the fused fabric through your GO! Fabric Cutter. I am not sure if it really matters, but personally, I do not like that super hot paper on the die foam and I worry that some of the glue may linger in my die.
2. Remove the backing paper from the Fall Medley shapes and play with their placement. Once you are satisfied with the layout, fuse them down following the manufacturer's directions. If it helps, fold the background fabric in half and give it a press to help you locate the center.
3. Attach the appliqué shapes to the quilt blocks.
4. Embroider the Fall Medley shapes if desired (I chose not to).
5. Join the two deer head blocks to each side of the center panel if you have not done so already.
6. The table runner should now look like this:
PRO TIP: You could add "Welcome" inside the pumpkin and leaves border. That section alone would make a beautiful fall mini quilt for your front door to welcome your visitors.
Sashing and Outer Border
1. Cut using the strip dies noted above and detailed in the GO! Bountiful Gift Table Runner Pattern for the sashing and border.
2. Attach the sashing and borders to the table runner.
3. If you did not do so already, once you have the three sections (inner border and two sides) sewn together, add your Deer Head to the center of your side blocks.
PRO TIP: You can use any phrase you would like for this table runner.
2. Attach the letters to the table runner and embroider if desired. My table runner is pictured below, along with my dog, Loki!
3. Quilt and bind the table runner. It's small enough (23" x 57") to quilt on a domestic or longarm machine.
4. Enjoy the finished project!
GO! Forth and Create!
Even though this tutorial is for a table runner, the deer head shape would be a great addition to a backpack, the ends of a duffle bag, bibs, baby blankets, a notebook cover using craft foam and glued down, or even on clothing.
You can use this same table runner pattern and utilize all or some of the GO! Game Day Die Bundle dies for embellishment. "Game Day," "Let's Eat," "Let's Chow," or "GO [Your Favorite Sports Team]" are just a few thoughts for those game day parties. Using this as a large wing platter keeps coming to mind. How about a platter runner for turkey day? Make an enlarged leaves quilt to fit any platter for the holidays or for your main dish. The possibilities are truly endless for these patterns!
Just remember that you can make any project even more unique by using GO! Quilt. Add your own fabric swatches or use the colors preloaded and your imagination to make a one-of-kind project or gift!
If you've been inspired to make your own "go BIG or go home" table runner, please share it with us un social media using the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt and tag us, @fortheloveofgeese and @AccuQuilt, so we can see what you made!