So the strips in the in-progress photos bear no resemblance to the finished table runner; not in size, color or number. I took many, many shots as I was going, but neglected to check them close enough and even my hubby, who is magic with Photoshop, couldn't fix them. Result: Runner was finished and no in-progress pictures. Thus the "pretend" ones. Shot by The Man.
From now on, I'll call him when I'm ready to shoot something!
OK, now on to our project.
I'm sure most of you who have quilted for any length of time at all have those "Jelly Rolls" of fabric. How could you not? It's impossible to resist those luscious coordinated colors! And if there are "Nickel Squares" and "Layer Cakes" to match? Oh, boy. There went the budget!
Of course, you can also cut your own strips from yardage or from fat quarters. And if you do this, you can vary the width to maybe make it more interesting.
General table runner guidelines state the width of the runner should be 1/3 the width of the table and the length 8 to 10 inches longer than the table.
But table runners can be any length you want them, and they might not even be for a dining table. You can use the runners on a dresser, a sofa table, a piano, a bar, etc. My dining table is eight feet long. I don't want to do a 106" table runner. Not now, I don't. I want my runner to be 14" x 36" to fit a small table.
The first thing to do is select your strips. These are usually 2 1/2" wide and 42" to 44" long.
Choose a backing fabric. I like using a print that ties in with the strips, but anything will work. It needs to be cut 22" x the width of the fabric, or 44". Cut batting approximately the same size. Yes, I know it's oversize, but it may draw up some during the sewing of the strips.
Set your machine up as you would to quilt, using a walking foot if one is available. It makes the sewing so much easier. A walking foot moves the top fabric in synch with the feed dogs below the fabric to help prevent puckers, etc. If you don't have a walking foot in your tool chest, put one on your Santa list.
Layer backing fabric and batting. I use a little glue on this to hold them in place. Nancy Zieman said it wouldn't hurt the sewing machine and so far it hasn't. I use plain school glue sticks.