Hello, it's Heidi from The Whimsical Workshop! Hard to believe fall is just around the corner! I have a new pattern, GO! Bountiful Gift Table Runner Pattern, and it's perfect for the upcoming holidays. I designed this runner using the AccuQuilt GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter and Assorted Basics fabric from P&B Textiles.
This month’s featured die is the GO! Fall Medley (55041). The appliqué die makes this project so quick and easy, perfect if you are a last minute sewer like me. I used this die to create the harvest wreath block for the center of the runner. I paired the center block with an elegant and easy to piece block that adds interest to each side of the wreath. Then I used the appliqué leaves and acorns on the outer border corners to frame the runner. The fabrics I used for this project are a wonderful combination of basics from P&B Textiles, which truly showed off the appliqued designs. The large selection of colors and patterns they offer made it so easy to select a gorgeous palette of fall colors that were perfect for this design.
The GO! Bountiful Gift Table Runner Pattern will have all instructions on how to make this lovely table runner. And if you enjoy making this runner for fall, you can replace the pumpkins with flowers and change the colors to make another runner for spring.
This month’s tip is about prepping the appliqué shapes and how to position them on the project.
First, following the manufacturer’s instructions, press fusible web to the wrong side of each fabric for the appliqué shapes. Then cut the fabric into the squares or rectangles as listed in the cutting instructions. This makes is easier to die cut the shapes. Now on to the die cutter. Use the GO! Fall Medley die and GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter to cut the shapes as listed on the pattern. Now you are ready to start assembling the center wreath!
First find the horizontal and vertical centerline by folding the center rectangle in half each way and pressing it to mark the centerlines.
Refer to the photo on the pattern cover to position one pumpkin on each centerline. Do not press down the shapes until you have them all in place.
Next position the gold leaves in place tucking them under the pumpkins. Repeat to add the brown and green leaves.
Adjust the leaves and pumpkins as desired and once you are happy with the layout, press the shapes in place with a hot dry iron.
Finish the raw edges with a decorative stitch such as a satin or blanket stitch to finish the center block. Now that the center block is finished you are ready to finish piecing the runner top.
After you finish assembling the runner top, you are ready to add the corner appliqué shapes to the runner. First position the orange leaf so that is a running 45º in each corner with the stem facing towards the runner center. Then position two acorns and tops on top of each leaf. Press the shapes in place and finish the edges just like the center wreath.
By using the GO! Fall Medley die to make this runner, I saved time and the shapes came out perfectly. Oh how I loved not having to cut each shape for the project and it allowed me to move on to the fun part of sewing quickly.
I hope you enjoyed my tips on how to make a table runner for fall and will have fun making this pattern. This "Bountiful Gift" is sure to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table this year! As always, I would love to see photos of your finished projects.
Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website.
Until next time…..
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