Autumn in Iowa Table Runner Quilting Tutorial

Sep 30, 2015 9:00:56 AM / by AccuQuilt

Greetings fellow quilters and sewists! My name is Belinda Karls-Nace and I'm a quilting and needlework designer, creator, finisher, and teacher (and the author of the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog). Today, I am back as a guest blogger to talk about the large GO! Rustling Leaves dies and share my "Autumn in Iowa" Table Runner quilting tutorial.

With the arrival of fall (and beautiful autumn fabrics at our favorite quilt shops), it's time to start thinking about seasonal projects...and what could be more perfect for this time of year than a colorful fall foliage table runner.

This table runner features five autumn print fabrics (one focal fabric and four coordinating fabrics for the leaves), along with a natural or neutral solid fabric for the base of the appliqué. You may choose to use batiks, prints, or solids...or mix and match to fit your personal style and decor.


C - Tutorial


After playing with the layout, I decided a 24" x 48" runner would work best for my needs, but the size can easily be adapted by changing the number of blocks per row...or simply by adjusting the number of rows.

Although this classic layout is basic, the appliqué leaves give this project an edge and make it perfect for a beginner or an advanced quilter. For the appliqué blocks, I decided to use machine stitches to add a stems and veins to each leaf...this is personal preference - the leaves look great on their own. Adding machine stitched stems and leaves was an organic process - I just started stitching - and yes, each of my leaves is completely different. Of course, you could use your favorite marking pen/pencil to draw veins and stems before machine stitching. Make your project unique and fun and do what is most eye-pleasing to you!

So, let's get to the particulars...

Autumn in Iowa Table Runner
Finished Size: 24" x 48"

GO! Fabric Cutter:

GO! Fabric Cutter (55100S) or GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter (55500)

GO! Cutting Dies:

GO! Rustling Leaves #1- Sweetgum and Poplar (Large) (55389)
GO! Rustling Leaves #2- Maple and Oak (Large) (55390)
GO! Square-6 1/2" (6" Finished) (55000)
GO! Strip Cutter-2" (1½" Finished) (55025 or 55164) or your favorite width for binding

Materials Needed:

Focal autumn fabric - 1 yard
Four coordinating fall fabrics (for leaf appliqué) - one fat eighth each
Natural or neutral solid - ⅝ yard

Fusible web—⅓ yard
Backing fabric—30" x 54"
Batting—30" x 54"

Cutting Instructions:

GO! Square-6½" (6" Finished) (55000)

  • Fall Focal Fabric—16
  • Natural or neutral solid—16

GO! Rustling Leaves #1- Sweetgum and Poplar (Large) (55389)

NOTE: Apply fusible web to the wrong side of fabrics following manufacturer's instructions before cutting applique shapes.

  • Sweet Gum Leaf: 3½" x 4"
    • Green Print—4
  • Poplar Leaf: 4 1/16" x 3 11/16"
    • Brown/Orange Print—4

GO! Rustling Leaves #2- Maple and Oak (Large) (55390)

NOTE: Apply fusible web to the wrong side of fabrics following manufacturer's instructions before cutting applique shapes.

  • Maple Leaf: 4 1/16" x 3½"
    • Gold Print—4
  • Oak Leaf: 3¼" x 5"
    • Dark Red Print—4

GO! Strip Cutter-2" (1½" Finished) (55025 or 55164)

  • 2" Strip x WOF (Binding)
    • Fall Focal Fabric—4


1. Fuse and machine appliqué one leaf on each of the 16 natural solid 6½" squares. I used a blanket stitch around the perimeter of each leaf, then used a straight stitch to add leaf stems and veins (these are very organic and each of my leaves are different - have fun with this!).


D - Leaf Detail


2. Lay out all 16 appliquéd leaf blocks and 16 fall focal fabric 6½" squares in eight rows of four, alternating placement for each row - use the table topper diagram as a guide.

3. Pin and sew blocks into eight row units. Press seams toward the fall focal fabric.

4. Pin and sew eight row units together. Press seams toward the added rows.


E - Construction


5. Layer batting between quilt top and backing. Pin or baste layers. Quilt as desired.

6. Add fall focal fabric binding, mitering corners.


F - Autumn In Iowa


I hope my guest blog post will entice and inspire you to make an "Autumn in Iowa" table runner of your very own (or...make it a wall hanging)....and just think, if you start now, it will be ready in plenty of time to enjoy this fall (and you could show it off at Thanksgiving dinner!).

I would be thrilled if you visited me via my blog, website, or social media - stop by for a friendly visit - I always enjoy meeting new virtual quilting friends...and if you make an Autumn in Iowa Table Runner, I would LOVE to see your version!


Topics: machine applique, Belinda Karls-Nace, Blue Ribbon Designs, Fabric Cutters, table runner, Tutorials


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